England v India, 2nd Test, Trent Bridge July 26, 2007

A perfect record for Vaughan the captain

A stats lowdown on Trent Bridge, a ground where England have won each of the three times that Michael Vaughan has led the team

After "getting out of jail" - as Rahul Dravid put it - at Lord's, a venue at which they have always struggled, India will be relieved that the second Test is in Nottingham. They have played three Tests at Trent Bridge, and while they lost in 1959, they drew their two recent encounters, in 1996 and 2002.

India's batsmen didn't live up to reputation in the first Test, and the Big Three - Sachin Tendulkar, Dravid and Sourav Ganguly - will be under pressure to perform in the second. All three batsmen have good records at Trent Bridge, with a century apiece.

India's Big Three at Trent Bridge
Player Matches Innings Runs Average Highest score
Sachin Tendulkar 2 4 377 94.25 177
Sourav Ganguly 2 4 351 87.75 136
Rahul Dravid 2 4 220 55.00 115

Ganguly and Tendulkar scored hundreds in the 1996 Test, during their 255-run partnership, the highest for India in England. They have scored more runs at Trent Bridge than any of the current English batsmen, who have all had an unusually quiet time at this venue.

England's current batting line-up at Trent Bridge
Player Matches Innings Runs Average Highest score
Michael Vaughan 4 7 332 47.42 197
Andrew Strauss 3 6 126 21.00 55
Kevin Pietersen 2 4 115 28.75 45
Paul Collingwood 1 2 57 28.50 48
Alastair Cook 1 2 29 14.50 29
Ian Bell 1 2 6 3.00 3

However, given India's bowling record, the England batsmen could get an opportunity to boost those numbers for the previous two Tests between the two teams in Nottingham were high-scoring contests.

Average runs per wicket at Trent Bridge
Record Matches Runs Average runs per wicket
Overall 53 51840 32.64
Since 1995 11 12259 33.22
England v India 3 1513 40.89
England v India since 1995 2 1181 62.15

Although India's batsmen have done well at Trent Bridge, their English counterparts have done better: in 2002, they amassed 617, the third-highest total at Trent Bridge. Harbhajan Singh conceded 175 runs, the most in an innings at this venue.

England have won three of their last four Tests in Nottingham. Their only defeat was against Sri Lanka in 2006, when Muttiah Muralitharan took 8 for 70 in the fourth innings, the best bowling figures in an innings at Trent Bridge.

England, though, have won all three Tests under Michael Vaughan's captaincy at Trent Bridge. Mike Brearley is the only other captain to have a 100% win record at the venue.

England's win-loss record at Trent Bridge
Span Matches Won Lost Drawn
1899-2006 52 16 15 21
2000 onwards 7 3 2 2
Michael Vaughan as captain (2003-2005) 3 3 0 0

The team batting first at Trent Bridge doesn't have any distinct advantage, having won 17 and lost 14 Tests. However, in the five matches since January 2002, the team batting first has won thrice and lost once, with one Test ending in a draw. The team winning the toss has chosen to bat in each of the six most recent Tests.

Overall, the side winning the toss has won 20 and only lost 11 Tests. Since 2000, the toss hasn't mattered much, the team that has won it has won three and lost two out of seven Tests.

Although England's bowling line-up is inexperienced, Monty Panesar and James Anderson have performed well in the only Test they have played at Trent Bridge. Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan are the only two Indian bowlers to have played at the venue.

Bowlers at Trent Bridge
Player Matches Runs conceded Wickets Average
James Anderson 1 119 7 17.00
Monty Panesar 1 81 5 16.20
Anil Kumble 1 98 1 98.00
Zaheer Khan 1 110 3 36.66

Unlike at most grounds in England, spinners have an excellent record here - since 2000, they have taken 53 wickets at an average of 23. The overcast conditions and the threat of rain, however, could deny Panesar and Kumble the kind of success that other spinners - most notably Shane Warne and Muralitharan - have had here in the past.

Pace v Spin at Trent Bridge since 2000
Bowling style Wickets Average
Pace 183 31.91
Spin 53 23.07