India in England 2014 August 19, 2014

Post-Lord's, India's numbers weaker than in 2011

The first two Investec Tests were even, but India were swept aside in the last three so thoroughly that the overall series stats look pretty lopsided

Gary Ballance scored 503 runs in the series, the first time an England No. 3 aggregated 500-plus since David Gower in the 1985 Ashes © Getty Images

This five-Test series was played in two parts. In the first, which lasted two Tests, England and India were evenly matched: neither side had much of an advantage at Trent Bride, while India took the Lord's Test by 95 runs. That was the end of the competitive part of the series, as England swept the next three matches by huge margins, with the margin in the final Test at The Oval - an innings and 244 runs - being the third-heaviest defeat ever for India.

The stats illustrate the closeness between the teams in the first two Tests, and the gulf thereafter. After Trent Bridge and Lord's, India averaged about three-and-a-half runs more per wicket with the bat, while their bowlers took wickets at a slightly better rate (one every 70.1 balls, compared to 75.6 for England). But when the home team took control, India weren't even competitive: in the last three Tests, their average dropped to a miserable 17.71 - less than a third of England's, while their bowlers took only 30 wickets (excluding run-outs), compared to 56 by England's bowlers.

Overall in the series England had 19 fifty-plus scores (five hundreds and 14 fifties) to India's 17 (two hundreds and 15 fifties). While that looks close enough, it hides the fact that England batted only once in each of the last two Tests. Overall in the series, England's batsmen played 68 innings, which means they passed 50, on average, once every 3.58 innings; India's batsmen, on the other hand, played 110 innings in the series, which means they passed 50 once every 6.47 innings. The ratio between these two numbers - which is roughly also the ratio between the batting averages - illustrates the gulf between the two teams over the series.

Compared to the numbers for the two teams in the 2011 series, the gulf in 2014 is slightly lesser, but only because of the first two Tests. In the last three, the difference was clearly more than in the four Tests in 2011.

The overall series stats for England and India
Team Runs per wkt Inngs batted 100s/ 50s Wkts taken* Bowl SR**
England 44.41 68 5/ 14 94 53.0
India 25.73 110 2/ 15 59 77.8
England and India, in the first two and last three Tests
  Runs per wkt Inngs batted 100s/ 50s Wkts taken* Bowl SR**
England - 1st and 2nd Tests 34.60 33 2/ 5 38 75.6
India - 1st and 2nd Tests 38.07 44 2/ 10 29 70.1
England - last 3 Tests 54.23 35 3/ 9 56 37.8
India - last 3 Tests 17.71 66 0/ 5 30 85.2
England v India in the four-Test series in 2011
Team Runs per wkt Inngs batted 100s/ 50s Wkts taken* Bowling SR**
England 59.76 56 7/ 11 79 48.1
India 25.55 88 3/ 9 46 95.5
* Bowler wickets only, excluding run-outs
** Balls per wicket taken by a bowler, excluding run-outs

The batting numbers

England's dominant batting positions were clearly Nos. 3 and 5, where Gary Ballance and Joe Root pummelled India's bowlers and scored 41% of the total runs off the bat made by England. Both topped 500 runs in the series, only the 11th time two England batsmen have scored 500-plus in a series. The last time it happened was also against India, when Kevin Pietersen (533) and Ian Bell (504) made merry in the four-Test home series in 2011. Ballance became the first England No. 3 batsman to score 500-plus in a series since David Gower's aggregate of 710 in the six-Test Ashes series of 1985. Root's 518, meanwhile, is the second-highest aggregate ever for an England No. 5 in a Test series, next only to Bell's 562 in last year's home Ashes. The third-highest for an England No. 5 in a series is 492, by Stanley Jackson in 1905.

India's top order, on the other hand, struggled throughout. M Vijay was an exception over the first two Tests, but even he fell away later, scoring only 85 in his last six innings. Shikhar Dhawan and Gautam Gambhir combined to score 147 in ten innings. Virat Kohli's average of 13.40 is the third-lowest for an India top-four batsman in a Test series (with a cut-off of eight innings), while Cheteshwar Pujara's average of 22.20 is the lowest for an India No. 3 batsman in a series in England (cut-off of five innings). Ajinkya Rahane shone at Lord's and Southampton, but scored only 29 in his last four innings.

Batting averages for England and India, position-wise
  England India
Position Runs Average 100s/ 50s Runs Average 100s/ 50s
Openers 463 35.61 0/ 4 549 27.45 1/ 2
No. 3 503 71.85 2/ 2 222 22.20 0/ 1
No. 4 297 42.42 1/ 1 134 13.40 0/ 0
No. 5 454 90.80 2/ 2 299 33.22 1/ 2
No. 6 188 31.33 0/ 1 327 32.70 0/ 3
No. 7 215 43.00 0/ 2 149 16.55 0/ 1
No. 8 100 20.00 0/ 1 308 34.22 0/ 2
No. 9 101 25.25 0/ 0 247 27.44 0/ 3
No. 10 67 22.33 0/ 0 50 5.55 0/ 0
No. 11 112 22.40 0/ 1 86 21.50 0/ 1

The partnership numbers

The average partnership, and the number of century stands, for each wicket for England and India: England had a higher average for every wicket © Sajan Nair / ESPNcricinfo Ltd

England had eight century stands in the series, including three for the second wicket alone. Ballance was involved in four of the eight century stands, and Root in three, including the series-topping stand of 198 with James Anderson at Trent Bridge. India had just two century partnerships in the entire series, one of which was for the tenth wicket.

Overall in the series, England had 61 partnerships, of which there were eight century stands - an average of a hundred stand every 7.6 innings; India had two century stands out of 100 partnerships, an average of one every 50 innings. Balance and Cook were the leading pair of the series, with 414 partnership runs in five innings, while India's best combination was Vijay and Pujara, with 325 runs in seven partnerships.

The bowling numbers

Again, in the first two Tests there was little to choose between the seam bowlers of the two teams, but in the last three England's pace attack - led by Anderson and Stuart Broad - averaged 18.83 runs per wicket, compared to India's 58.20. Moeen Ali was ordinary with the bat, but his spin was far more effective than Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin's.

Anderson's 25 wickets was his best haul for a series, while it's the second successive time an England fast bowler has taken 25 wickets in a home series against India: in 2011 Broad took 25 at an average of 13.84. In the last two home series against India, Anderson and Broad have remarkably similar combined stats: Anderson has 46 wickets in nine Tests at 22.93, while Broad has 44 wickets at 17.79.

Pace and spin for England and India in the series
  England India
  Wickets Average Strike rate Wickets Average Strike rate
Pace - 1st 2 Tests 30 36.76 78.3 25 30.84 58.0
Spin - 1st 2 Tests 7 42.28 72.8 4 53.00 145.7
Pace - last 3 Tests 43 18.83 41.4 20 58.20 91.2
Spin - last 3 Tests 13 13.76 25.6 10 40.50 73.4

The head-to-head battles

The story of the series was the manner in which Anderson and Broad dominated India's batsmen, and that's reflected in the numbers below. All the Indian top-order batsmen struggled against at least one of these two bowlers. The Anderson-Kohli battle - a highly one-sided one - was prominently talked about throughout the series, and the numbers illustrate Anderson's dominance: he averaged 4.75 runs per wicket against Kohli, and dismissed him four times. Anderson needed to work much harder to dismiss Vijay, but towards the end of the series, especially, he dominated Vijay too, setting him up superbly with a combination of outswingers and inswingers. Either Anderson or Broad dismissed each of India's top-six batsmen at least three times in the series: Anderson took care of Kohli, Vijay and Dhawan, while Broad handled Pujara, Rahane and Dhoni.

The control factor, which measures the percentage of deliveries a batsman middled or left alone against each bowler, presents some interesting numbers too. Dhawan was dismissed three times by Anderson and never by Broad in the series, but against Broad Dhawan achieved a control factor of only 69.2%, compared to 87.2 against Anderson. That indicates Dhawan was generally more uncomfortable against Broad, even though Anderson dismissed him more often.

Overall too, Anderson and Broad were extremely effective against India's top-order batsmen. Nineteen of Anderson's 25 wickets were of India's top seven batsmen (including MS Dhoni), and he averaged 19.52 against them; Broad averaged slightly more but he caused more problems for the batsmen, who achieved a control percentage of only 77.5 against him, compared to 82.4 against Anderson.

Eng bowlers v Ind batsmen
Bowler Batsman Runs Balls Dismissals Average Runs/ over Control %
James Anderson Virat Kohli 19 50 4 4.75 2.28 78.0
James Anderson Murali Vijay 106 337 4 26.50 1.88 83.6
James Anderson Shikhar Dhawan 32 78 3 10.66 2.46 87.2
Stuart Broad MS Dhoni 49 132 3 16.33 2.22 71.2
Stuart Broad Cheteshwar Pujara 20 69 3 6.66 1.73 71.0
Stuart Broad Ajinkya Rahane 41 139 3 13.66 1.76 81.3
James Anderson MS Dhoni 96 187 2 48.00 3.08 74.9
Stuart Broad Murali Vijay 88 266 1 88.00 1.98 85.3
James Anderson Ajinkya Rahane 61 125 1 61.00 2.92 84.8
Stuart Broad Shikhar Dhawan 51 65 0 - 4.70 69.2
Anderson, Broad and Moeen against India's top order*
Bowler Runs Balls Dismissals Average Runs/ over Control %
James Anderson 371 953 19 19.52 2.33 82.4
Stuart Broad 286 785 13 22.00 2.18 77.5
Moeen Ali 257 412 9 28.55 3.74 86.4
* Against Vijay, Dhawan, Gambhir, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit and Dhoni

In the head-to-heads between England batsmen and Indian bowlers, there were a few battles where the Indians came out on top, but in most of them the batsmen dominated. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had good stats against Ian Bell and Sam Robson, while Ishant Sharma dominated Bell too, but most of the other averages were overwhelmingly in favour of the batsmen. Root averaged more than 100 against Ishant, and 83 against Bhuvneshwar; Ballance averaged 105 against Bhuvneshwar, and 61 against Ishant.

However, the control numbers are interesting again. Against Bhuvneshwar, the control numbers were pretty high for England's batsmen, but against Ishant they dipped to the early 70s. He did finish with 14 wickets at 27.21 in the series, but with some luck Ishant could have finished with even more impressive numbers in the series.

Ind bowlers v Eng batsmen
Bowler Batsman Runs Balls Dismissals Average Runs/ over Control %
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Ian Bell 46 106 3 15.33 2.60 85.8
Ishant Sharma Ian Bell 19 40 3 6.33 2.85 70.0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Sam Robson 60 168 3 20.00 2.14 83.9
Varun Aaron Alastair Cook 29 54 2 14.50 3.22 70.4
Ishant Sharma Joe Root 112 167 1 112.00 4.02 70.6
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Gary Ballance 105 198 1 105.00 3.18 86.9
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Joe Root 83 143 1 83.00 3.48 88.8
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Alastair Cook 67 156 1 67.00 2.57 89.7
Varun Aaron Joe Root 65 108 0 - 3.61 84.2
Ishant Sharma Gary Ballance 61 126 1 61.00 2.90 78.6

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats

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  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    For a change let us focus on the positives of the series for India. MSD's batting was one. Without his innings in the last 3 tests, India could have fared even worse. In fact in the first innings of the last two tests, we can say he was the only one who scored runs!!! There were ducks and single digit scores galore. Then there was the potential of Rahane and Vijay which was evident. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was another plus point.

  • Abhishek on August 20, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    Sometimes I wonder if the Indian team just do away with all the support staff and just read these analysis on cricinfo. If they cant do it on their own, their coach should do it.

  • Isuru on August 20, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    India need to find players who can play test cricket......................

  • Rakesh on August 20, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    I think the main reason for the big loss for team India is the team selection. In the absence of Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Ganguly, Laxman, Bhaji & Zaheer India can't find a perfect replacement for these players. I don't know why Indians are too defensive in test cricket, I remember Viru given India a perfect start for all test matches with his excellent attacking attitude, which will help the middle order batsman to bat more freely. Try to play your natural game.

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    The reason for comparison is warranted because of Dhoni's statement that 2011 series was the worst loss and that "we had resources then". He is trying to blame the resources like Dravid, Sachin, Laxman and Sehwag and proving his younger team did better. In 2011 had batting resources were there and India did better in batting with Dravid's three hundreds. But there were no bowlers in 2011 series to support that batting.Main bowle Zaheer hardly played 1.5 tests, Dhoni himself had to bowl, long discarded RP Singh was recalled from USA. The tail did nothing to fight it out to support middle order batting. Apart from batting, there were no bowling resources in 2011 series. Bowlers win test matches.Batsmen are the line of defense. In 2014 bowlers did well. Batting failed and the results show that the defense was bad and hence the results were worse. The lone test India won was because of England bowled poorly at Lords.

  • Harvey on August 20, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Personally, I believe India's focus on T20 and spin is killing their test team, especially away from home.

  • Prasanna on August 19, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    @Cricketchat, Rajesh is doing his Job. why ridicule it ?

  • Steve on August 19, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    What a waste of time doing all the analysis! Just look at the scorecards of each team. It's just too obvious. This is the worst Ind team ever to set foot on Eng soil.

  • Navin on August 19, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Statistics can be used to show whatever you want to see. The fact is a complete demoralization of Indian team took place in just few weeks and three tests. The first two tests could have been lost also. After departure of Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Sehwag, Bhaji and Kumble, this was in the making with wrong test captain, selecting wrong teams and making bad decisions on ground. Too much one day type players in the team. Look at how many tests under Dhoni finished in 4 days or less, often result is decided on the first day. They need to play practice matches before each test to get used to conditions and strike good form by scoring runs and taking wickets.

  • Phillip on August 19, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Ian Bell really seems hopeless.For such a senior player he should be more responsible.

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