The third Test of the five-match series between England and India will be played at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton from today.
The Ageas Bowl -- England’s newest Test ground -- has hosted only one Test match before this, between England and Sri Lanka three years ago. That match was drawn as weather gods allowed only 261 overs to be bowled in the Test.
It is not quite often that India have managed to take lead in a series outside the subcontinent. In fact it is only the 13 such instance. Of the previous such instances India went on to win the series on 7 occasions, on three occasions the series was drawn and on two occasions India squandered the opportunity and suffered a series loss. The full list:
The Ageas Oval’s pitch is reputed to be one of the fastest in England. The pitch had fair bit of the grass on the eve of the match. Giving India a grass cover at Lord’s backfired for England. It will, therefore, be interesting to see whether England will continue with this practice.
In 2008 India beat Australia against all odds at Perth. This is how India have performed at the pitches reputed to favour the fast bowlers since then.
This has been a series of seamers so far. Not only have the seamers taken bulk of the wickets – 55 out of 67 taken by the bowlers – they have also shown remarkable resolute with the bat. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is second in the list of leading run-scorers for India. James Anderson is England’s third most successful batsman in the series.
A look in to the partnerships in the series throws some interesting numbers. The most productive partnership for both sides has been down the order. For India eighth wicket partnership has made the highest contribution, for England it is tenth wicket!
England have now not registered a single win in last 10 Tests- losing seven and drawing three. This is one of their longest winless streaks in last 40 years. The details:
Cook’s bad form with the bat has coincided with his lean patch as captain. Cook has now played 27 innings without reaching the three-figure mark even once. This is one of the longest streaks by an English captain (specialist batsman) without scoring a hundred.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has scored a fifty and taken a five-for both at Nottingham and Lord’s. Another such performance at Southampton and he will become the first player ever in Test chronicles to score a fifty and take a five-wicket innings haul in three consecutive Tests. England’s Ian Botham and New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee are the other players to have performed this all-round feat in two consecutive Tests.
Updated Date: Jul 27, 2014 14:05 PM