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McLean Park, Napier: one result, four draws © AFP

At which venues are you more likely to get a result and which grounds frequently produce drawn Tests? Last week's column focused on the different scoring-rates and totals at various stadiums around the world. This week, we look at venues with the highest percentage of results and draws.

Only six of the top 15 grounds with the highest percentage of results are located in the subcontinent, of which the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is India's solitary representative. The Wankhede's average runs per wicket of 24.12 was the lowest for any ground since 1996. Six Indian venues, three in the top four, are among grounds with highest percentage of draws.

Highest average of matches getting a result - Tests (qualification: 5 matches)
Ground Span Mat Res Draw % Res Ave Days Inns Wins
MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong 2001-2005 8 8 0 100.00 4.00 4
Melbourne Cricket Ground 1877-2005 98 83 15 84.69 4.60 16
Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar 1995-2003 6 5 1 83.33 4.33 2
Newlands, Cape Town 1889-2006 39 32 7 82.05 3.90 10
Sydney Cricket Ground 1882-2006 94 77 17 81.91 4.73 15
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth 1889-2004 21 17 4 80.95 4.10 1
SuperSport Park, Centurion 1995-2005 10 8 2 80.00 4.30 2
W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth 1970-2005 33 26 7 78.79 4.30 11
Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane 1931-2005 48 37 11 77.08 4.67 9
Adelaide Oval 1884-2005 64 48 16 75.00 5.05 8
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium 1993-2004 8 6 2 75.00 4.75 4
Headingley, Leeds 1899-2004 65 48 17 73.85 4.20 14
Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy 1983-2006 19 14 5 73.68 4.37 4
Galle International Stadium 1998-2004 11 8 3 72.73 4.64 4
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 1975-2006 21 15 6 71.43 4.52 3

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  • Of the grounds with highest averages per wicket featured in last week's List, seven venues are among those with the lowest percentage of results, showing a strong correlation between high scoring-rates and draws. At first look, the Feroz Shah Kotla seems to be an exception because it has an average per wicket of 35.40, the ninth highest, but its six most recent matches have had results in favour of India. However, the average per wicket in these matches is 30.39, only marginally higher that the MCG and the SCG.

    Lowest average of matches getting a result - Tests (qualification: 5 matches)
    Ground Span Mat Res Draw % Res Ave Days Inns Wins
    McLean Park, Napier 1979-2006 5 1 4 20.00 5.20 0
    Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai 1948-1973 17 6 11 35.29 4.88 1
    Green Park, Kanpur 1952-2004 19 7 12 36.84 4.84 1
    Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh 1994-2006 7 3 4 42.86 4.86 0
    Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana 1930-2005 30 13 17 43.33 5.00 1
    Vidarbha C.A. Ground, Nagpur 1969-2006 9 4 5 44.44 4.78 2
    Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad 1978-2006 24 11 13 45.83 4.75 1
    Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore 1959-2006 37 17 20 45.95 4.76 5
    Eden Gardens, Kolkata 1934-2005 34 16 18 47.06 4.76 4
    Ellis Park, Johannesburg 1948-1954 6 3 3 50.00 4.00 1
    Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's, Antigua 1981-2005 20 10 10 50.00 4.75 3
    Gujarat Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad 1983-2005 8 4 4 50.00 4.62 1
    R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo 1992-2005 6 3 3 50.00 4.50 2
    Eden Park, Auckland 1930-2006 47 24 23 51.06 4.43 5
    Old Trafford, Manchester 1884-2005 70 36 34 51.43 4.14 11

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  • All teams enjoy playing at home - the familiarity of the pitches, the weather and the crowd support combine to form a formidable advantage. South Africa's record at Cape Town shows that. In 22 ODIs, South Africa have won 19 and of the three losses, two were against Australia. Their Test record here reads poorly - 13 wins and 19 losses in 39 games - but a closer look reveals that while they won only three out of 24 matches till 1970, since their readmission in the 1990s, they have 10 victories and three defeats from 15 Tests, all against Australia.

    Best records by the home team on a ground - Tests (qualification: 3 matches)
    Ground Team Span Mat Won Lost % Won
    Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein South Africa 1999-2001 3 3 0 100.00
    Multan Cricket Stadium Pakistan 2001-2005 4 3 1 75.00
    Bellerive Oval, Hobart Australia 1989-2005 7 5 0 71.43
    Galle International Stadium Sri Lanka 1998-2004 11 6 2 54.55
    Edgbaston, Birmingham England 1902-2005 41 21 7 51.22
    Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica West Indies 1930-2005 41 21 7 51.22
    Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai India 1975-2006 21 9 6 42.86
    Westpac Park, Hamilton New Zealand 1991-2004 13 5 2 38.46
    Harare Sports Club Zimbabwe 1992-2005 26 5 13 19.23
    MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong Bangladesh 2001-2005 8 1 7 12.50

    Worst records by the home team on a ground - Tests (qualification: 5 matches)
    Ground Team Span Mat Won Lost % Won
    National Stadium, Dhaka Bangladesh 2000-2005 9 0 7 0.00
    McLean Park, Napier New Zealand 1979-2006 5 0 1 0.00
    Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo Zimbabwe 1994-2005 17 1 9 5.88
    Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad Pakistan 1978-2006 24 6 5 25.00
    Green Park, Kanpur India 1952-2004 19 4 3 21.05
    Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana West Indies 1930-2005 30 7 6 23.33
    Old Trafford, Manchester England 1884-2005 69 21 14 30.43
    Old Wanderers, Johannesburg South Africa 1896-1939 22 7 8 31.82
    Adelaide Oval Australia 1884-2005 64 32 16 50.00

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    George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo