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A stats preview to the fifth Test between England and India at The Oval
August 13, 2014
96 Number of Tests that have been played at The Oval. This is the fourth-highest number of Tests hosted at a venue after Lord's (127), MCG (106) and SCG (102). England have won 39 of the 96 Tests they have played here, and have only won more Tests at Lord's (50).
7 Number of Tests that India have drawn at The Oval. This is the most Tests that India have drawn at any away Test venue. Among all English Test venues that have hosted at least five Tests since 2001, the draw percentage at The Oval (30.8%) is second-highest, marginally behind the percentage at Lord's (31%). Post 1959, India have only lost one Test at The Oval, during the disastrous tour of 2011.
365 Number of runs that Ian Bell has scored against India at The Oval, the most runs scored by any England batsman against India at this venue. In his three Test innings against India here, Bell has scored 235, 67 and 63, thus averaging 121.66.
0 Number of five-wicket hauls that James Anderson has taken at The Oval, despite being the seventh-highest wicket-taker at this venue. Twenty-seven players have taken 20-plus wickets at The Oval and each of them apart from Anderson has taken at least one five-for. Anderson's 31 wickets here are the second-most wickets taken by any England bowler at a venue without taking a five-wicket haul. Anderson's bowling average and economy-rate at The Oval are his second-worst for any English venue. In his last nine innings, only once has he taken more than two wickets.
1 Number of times that India have won two Tests in a five-match Test series away from home. They still lost that series 3-2 to Australia in 1977-78. Among the 11 previous five-match away series that India have played, they have never won the last Test of the series. India have only ever won one five-Test away series - against West Indies in 1970-71 (1-0).
43.4 India's mean batting average in the last six Tests at The Oval, since 1979. This is their best at any English venue during this period. In five of those six Tests, India have passed 400 in at least one of the two innings.
2 Number of double-centuries scored by India batsmen in England - both of these were at The Oval. Sunil Gavaskar scored 221 in 1979 and Rahul Dravid made 217 in 2002, both times during the fourth Test of the series and both times in draws.
43 Number of five-wicket hauls taken by spinners at The Oval. This is the highest number of five-wicket hauls taken by spinners at any English Test venue. However, the bowling average of spinners at The Oval is 34.62, which is the fifth out of seven English venues that have hosted five-plus Tests.
20 Number of wickets taken by England's spinners in this series at an average of 23.7. India's spinners have taken only 11 wickets and each wicket has cost them 49.54 runs. On more expected lines, England's fast bowlers have also outshone their India counterparts, taking 55 wickets at 30.78, while the India quicks have picked up 38 wickets at an average of 40.57.
41.8 Bowling average of spinners at The Oval since 2001. Till 2000, spinners averaged 33.63 at The Oval. Even fast bowlers have suffered at The Oval since the turn of the century, averaging 38.96 in this period, while they averaged 29.41 here till 2000.
Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNcricinfo. @bishen_jeswantFeeds: Bishen Jeswant
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