Pakistan's favourite venue in England
Stats preview to the fourth and final Test between England and Pakistan
4-3 Pakistan's win-loss record in Tests at The Oval; it is the only venue in England where they have won more Tests than they have lost. The last time they played here, in 2010, they won by four wickets. However, The Oval was also the venue of their forfeiture in 2006, which is one of their three defeats at the ground. Since 1970, Pakistan have won three Tests, drawn two, and lost one (in 2006) in six matches here. 2-3 England's win-loss record at The Oval in their last six Tests here, since 2010. They have lost to Pakistan, South Africa and Australia, and beaten India twice. It is the only home venue where they have lost more than they have won during this period. 4 Number of Tests, out of the last five, which have been won by an innings. England beat India by an innings in 2011 and 2014, but lost by those margins against South Africa and Australia in 2012 and 2015. The only other game was a draw against Australia in 2013. In their last seven Tests at The Oval, England have never won, lost or drawn two in succession. Their sequence of results (latest match first) is: LWDLWLW.
36.42 Pakistan's runs per wicket at The Oval, easily their best among all venues in England. They average 31.01 at Edgbaston, and less than 27 at all other grounds. Their bowling average of 31.26 at The Oval is second only to 29.70 at Headingley.
862 Runs for Alastair Cook from 18 Test innings at The Oval, at an average of 47.88. The only venue where he has scored more Test runs is at Lord's - 1746 from 40 innings. One of his two hundreds at The Oval was against Pakistan in 2010. 33.51 James Anderson's bowling average in Tests at The Oval, his poorest at a home venue. In 10 Tests here he has taken 35 wickets with no five-wicket hauls; his best is 4 for 52 against West Indies in 2004. In his last seven Tests here, only twice has he taken more than two wickets in an innings. Stuart Broad's average here is similar - 32.44 in eight Tests.
33.58 Average for fast bowlers at The Oval in the last six Tests here, since 2010; spinners have averaged 38.57 during this period, and have taken just 25% of the total wickets.
22.11 Combined bowling average for Shane Warne, Mushtaq Ahmed and Abdul Qadir in the seven Tests they played at The Oval. While Warne took 32 wickets in four Tests at 22.25, Mushtaq took 11 wickets in two Tests at 22.63, and Qadir 10 for 211 in his only Test here. Yasir Shah, the legspinner in Pakistan's current squad, took 10 for 141 in the first Test at Lord's, but in the next two Tests he has managed only 4 for 502.