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Notts too bad

Benedict delivers his stats for day one of the second Test...

Benedict Bermange Posted 25th May 2012 view comments

The West Indies have played eight Tests at Trent Bridge, and are unbeaten, winning four of them and drawing the other four.

England has won their last three Tests at the venue by very large margins, and the last eight Tests there have provided positive results.

In fact, the West Indies are yet to taste defeat at the venue in 22 first-class matches, since their first visit to play Nottinghamshire in 1906.

The West Indies have never lost a Test at Trent Bridge

The West Indies have never lost a Test at Trent Bridge

England have won 328 and drawn 328 of their 921 Test Matches.

The last time they had won as many matches as they had drawn was after the victory over New Zealand at The Oval in 1983. From then until now, the number of draws has always exceeded the number of wins.

Wicket-takers

There is only one spinner among the top ten Test wicket-takers at the ground, and James Anderson is already second on the list. Here are the top five:

BowlerTeamMatchesWicketsAverageBB5i10m
AV BedserEng64120.217-4441
JM AndersonEng53317.457-4341
FS TruemanEng53216.505-2720
SK WarneAus42917.726-3310
JB StathamEng62822.855-3120

At Lord's Jonny Bairstow became the first England debutant to be batting in the middle when a Test win occurred since Alec Stewart against the West Indies at Kingston in 1990, who also ended up 0 not out. Allan Lamb was the last England debutant to hit the winning runs - against India at Lord's in 1982.

Matt Prior debuted against the West Indies at Lord's in 2007 and Denesh Ramdin was the opposing keeper. However, since then, the wicket-keepers of the two countries have enjoyed very different successes. England's keepers (Prior & Ambrose) have the best average and the West Indians the worst:

TeamsMatchesInningsNORunsHSAveSR10050
England6496163224131*40.3061.78722
West Indies46785138116618.9149.4216

Occupying

Stuart Broad's 11 wickets at Lord's have pushed him up to joint-third in the world, so right now England have three bowlers in the world's top five, with Chris Tremlett, Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn occupying positions 24-26.

This is England's strongest bowling line-up since the 1950s. After the Oval Test against New Zealand in 1958, their bowling attack was ranked as follows:

PositionBowlerPoints
1stTony Lock912
2ndJim Laker866
9thFred Trueman733
10thTrevor Bailey727
11thBrian Statham693
12thFrank Tyson685

Finn's (26.92) and Bresnan's (26.88) bowling averages are very similar, but Bresnan has performed better against the higher-ranked sides. nb - Pakistan were ranked xixth when Finn played them.

Finn:

v Australia and Sri Lanka: Five Tests, 21 wickets at 32.57

v Bangladesh and Pakistan: Eight Tests, 32 wickets at 23.22

Bresnan:

v Australia, India and Sri Lanka: Six Tests, 29 wickets at 18.86

v Bangladesh & West Indies: Six Tests, 15 wickets at 42.40

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