England v India, 5th Investec Test, The Oval August 13, 2014

Anderson's Oval jinx and India's five-Test jinx

A stats preview to the fifth Test between England and India at The Oval
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Ian Bell has scored 966 Test runs against India since 2011, which is second only to his team-mate Alastair Cook (1129). Bell averages 121.66 against India at The Oval
Ian Bell has scored 966 Test runs against India since 2011, which is second only to his team-mate Alastair Cook (1129). Bell averages 121.66 against India at The Oval © AFP

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_jeswant

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  • raj-17 on August 14, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Stats don't matter, what matters is the attitude of the Indian team in batting, bowling and fielding. Even though players don't perform Dhoni gives them more chances, but this makes players complacent they should be hungry to retain their spot in the Indian team. Dhoni's attitude not helping the team, he should create the dressing room atmosphere more competitive.

  • jimmyvida on August 14, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Should England win the toss and send India in, it should easily be a three day match. Were I England captain I'd send the blokes in regardless of the conditions. India can only make a good score in one of the innings.

  • TengaZool on August 14, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Well, it is a good thing that Anderson is playing India. India are good at helping people break jinxes. And also help struggling players get back into form, ease opposing debutants into Test cricket, make ordinary captains look like master strategists etc etc. So, in summary, it is a good thing that Anderson is playing India. May he break this 5-wicket jinx. Surely, he can't have a better opportunity.

  • on August 14, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Knowing that india does generally well at oval so england need to try their best to win this series. They need a draw at the least to win the series and england has to play oval test carefully. With broad bit injured, anderson not having great from at oval and the jordan and woakes bowling very ordinary and moin ali cannot be expected to do magic all the time so england has a big task ahead at oval. It is vital for the england batsmen to come good, at least 450 in the first innings is needed, in cricket nothing can be told enough till the game is actually over but 450 in the first innings is the minimum runs needed for england to push for a draw or win in the oval test.

  • madras_boy on August 14, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    My SKY Sports subscription going waste again this year similar to 2011 !!!

  • jmcilhinney on August 14, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    I watched Match Point recently and Ashley Giles was talking about the fact that The Oval used to be more conducive to spin than most pitches in England but that has not been the case so much recently. The fact that the only Test India have lost at the venue is there most recent one is further evidence of that. That might be a relief this time though, given Moeen Ali's success.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 13, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    "Ah statistics! Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything; 14% of people know that!" [Homer Simpson]

    Let's just see what the game brings us shall we...

  • on August 13, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Good stats here, but you are missing the big piece & thereby placing the blame for results in the wrong place. Give us a count of # of catches dropped please.

  • ydoethur on August 13, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Turns out it was Matthew Hoggard at Lord's - 37 wickets with a best of 4/27. Must admit, not who I was expecting. Given his noted habit of not taking five wickets in an innings, I thought it would be Flintoff.

  • ydoethur on August 13, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    'Anderson's 31 wickets here are the second-most wickets taken by any England bowler at a venue without taking a five-wicket haul.'

    Who and where was the most?

  • raj-17 on August 14, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Stats don't matter, what matters is the attitude of the Indian team in batting, bowling and fielding. Even though players don't perform Dhoni gives them more chances, but this makes players complacent they should be hungry to retain their spot in the Indian team. Dhoni's attitude not helping the team, he should create the dressing room atmosphere more competitive.

  • jimmyvida on August 14, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Should England win the toss and send India in, it should easily be a three day match. Were I England captain I'd send the blokes in regardless of the conditions. India can only make a good score in one of the innings.

  • TengaZool on August 14, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Well, it is a good thing that Anderson is playing India. India are good at helping people break jinxes. And also help struggling players get back into form, ease opposing debutants into Test cricket, make ordinary captains look like master strategists etc etc. So, in summary, it is a good thing that Anderson is playing India. May he break this 5-wicket jinx. Surely, he can't have a better opportunity.

  • on August 14, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Knowing that india does generally well at oval so england need to try their best to win this series. They need a draw at the least to win the series and england has to play oval test carefully. With broad bit injured, anderson not having great from at oval and the jordan and woakes bowling very ordinary and moin ali cannot be expected to do magic all the time so england has a big task ahead at oval. It is vital for the england batsmen to come good, at least 450 in the first innings is needed, in cricket nothing can be told enough till the game is actually over but 450 in the first innings is the minimum runs needed for england to push for a draw or win in the oval test.

  • madras_boy on August 14, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    My SKY Sports subscription going waste again this year similar to 2011 !!!

  • jmcilhinney on August 14, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    I watched Match Point recently and Ashley Giles was talking about the fact that The Oval used to be more conducive to spin than most pitches in England but that has not been the case so much recently. The fact that the only Test India have lost at the venue is there most recent one is further evidence of that. That might be a relief this time though, given Moeen Ali's success.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 13, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    "Ah statistics! Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything; 14% of people know that!" [Homer Simpson]

    Let's just see what the game brings us shall we...

  • on August 13, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Good stats here, but you are missing the big piece & thereby placing the blame for results in the wrong place. Give us a count of # of catches dropped please.

  • ydoethur on August 13, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Turns out it was Matthew Hoggard at Lord's - 37 wickets with a best of 4/27. Must admit, not who I was expecting. Given his noted habit of not taking five wickets in an innings, I thought it would be Flintoff.

  • ydoethur on August 13, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    'Anderson's 31 wickets here are the second-most wickets taken by any England bowler at a venue without taking a five-wicket haul.'

    Who and where was the most?

  • Greatest_Game on August 13, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    While on the subject of the Oval and Anderson's jinx, a few more interesting stats that illustrate that ….

    2. Number of wickets taken by England in their 2012 test against South Africa at The Oval.

    20. Number of wickets taken by South Africa in their 2012 test against England at The Oval.

    31.25. Number of runs averaged by England's batsmen in their 2012 test against South Africa at The Oval.

    318.5. Number of runs averaged by South Africa's batsmen in their 2012 test against England at The Oval.

    287.25. The difference in batting average between South African & English batsmen in their 2012 test at The Oval - the highest average run difference in test cricket history, making South Africa's win the most comprehensive* in test history.

    1. The number of wickets taken by Anderson in the match.

    116. The number of runs conceded by Anderson in the match.

    England might do well resting him!

    * http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-south-africa-2012/content/story/573667.html

  • Deepfog88 on August 13, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Its not just Swing which is creating issues for Kohli or Pujara.. its there poor shot selections as well.. & Kohli has an issue of over attacking because of his form in ODI but its not White ball, its Red & will definitely swing for a longer period of time.. & for dhoni.. i have only one question -- "why is Jadeja in team that even in Test"

  • LivingDead on August 13, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Dont worry Jimmy boy, we got you bro!

  • Westmorlandia on August 13, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    India ought to do better here. It doesn't tend to swing as much, and the swing on offer is what has been bringing all of Anderson's success and all of Kohli's problems (and Pujara's, and others') in the last couple of games. It's taken good/bad play by the players, of course, but the swing has been a big factor.

    Hopefully it will be closer, but that does depend on India getting themselves together. England will be up for it, although it will be interesting to see how they cope if India do come back into it and get ahead in the game.

  • rk_ks on August 13, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Don't worry. Our Indian team know how to give wickets to Anderson. And Bell average will move to 200. Our team will bring him into super form. And the struggling Robson(if he plays) will also find form.

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  • rk_ks on August 13, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Don't worry. Our Indian team know how to give wickets to Anderson. And Bell average will move to 200. Our team will bring him into super form. And the struggling Robson(if he plays) will also find form.

  • Westmorlandia on August 13, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    India ought to do better here. It doesn't tend to swing as much, and the swing on offer is what has been bringing all of Anderson's success and all of Kohli's problems (and Pujara's, and others') in the last couple of games. It's taken good/bad play by the players, of course, but the swing has been a big factor.

    Hopefully it will be closer, but that does depend on India getting themselves together. England will be up for it, although it will be interesting to see how they cope if India do come back into it and get ahead in the game.

  • LivingDead on August 13, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Dont worry Jimmy boy, we got you bro!

  • Deepfog88 on August 13, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    Its not just Swing which is creating issues for Kohli or Pujara.. its there poor shot selections as well.. & Kohli has an issue of over attacking because of his form in ODI but its not White ball, its Red & will definitely swing for a longer period of time.. & for dhoni.. i have only one question -- "why is Jadeja in team that even in Test"

  • Greatest_Game on August 13, 2014, 17:28 GMT

    While on the subject of the Oval and Anderson's jinx, a few more interesting stats that illustrate that ….

    2. Number of wickets taken by England in their 2012 test against South Africa at The Oval.

    20. Number of wickets taken by South Africa in their 2012 test against England at The Oval.

    31.25. Number of runs averaged by England's batsmen in their 2012 test against South Africa at The Oval.

    318.5. Number of runs averaged by South Africa's batsmen in their 2012 test against England at The Oval.

    287.25. The difference in batting average between South African & English batsmen in their 2012 test at The Oval - the highest average run difference in test cricket history, making South Africa's win the most comprehensive* in test history.

    1. The number of wickets taken by Anderson in the match.

    116. The number of runs conceded by Anderson in the match.

    England might do well resting him!

    * http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-south-africa-2012/content/story/573667.html

  • ydoethur on August 13, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    'Anderson's 31 wickets here are the second-most wickets taken by any England bowler at a venue without taking a five-wicket haul.'

    Who and where was the most?

  • ydoethur on August 13, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Turns out it was Matthew Hoggard at Lord's - 37 wickets with a best of 4/27. Must admit, not who I was expecting. Given his noted habit of not taking five wickets in an innings, I thought it would be Flintoff.

  • on August 13, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Good stats here, but you are missing the big piece & thereby placing the blame for results in the wrong place. Give us a count of # of catches dropped please.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 13, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    "Ah statistics! Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything; 14% of people know that!" [Homer Simpson]

    Let's just see what the game brings us shall we...

  • jmcilhinney on August 14, 2014, 0:12 GMT

    I watched Match Point recently and Ashley Giles was talking about the fact that The Oval used to be more conducive to spin than most pitches in England but that has not been the case so much recently. The fact that the only Test India have lost at the venue is there most recent one is further evidence of that. That might be a relief this time though, given Moeen Ali's success.