Last week the wait was over when India and England played their first test match for the first time 5-test series between them. It was played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The match saw the tailenders batting and scoring more on both sides. Here are few insights when analyzed data for the past 10 years at Trent Bridge and in England in general.
The data presented just magnifies the 1st Test between India and England. Tail enders (beginning from position 8) have contributed almost the same as the middle order, which the mainstay for any batting line-up in the world. Point to note here, the only middle order batsman to perform in the both the teams was Joe Root scoring 154*.
Trent Bridge has turned out to be a batting paradise for the tailenders. In the last 10 years (i.e. 10 test matches) partnerships for 9th and 10th wickets has grossed almost 1500 runs at an average run-rate of 3.40. This is some real batting!
Asian countries are not renowned for their last wicket stands outside the subcontinent. It is only in last 5 years, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have managed to raise the bars for the 10th wicket stand. Meanwhile, English tail-enders have enjoyed hitting the opposition all over the park.
A general overview of the batsman (No. 8 to No. 11) on all the grounds in England suggest a higher trend of runs scored and time spent at the crease, for Trent Bridge. A very interesting fact, when most of the top order batsman have failed to score and maintain to stay at the wicket.
Data Courtesy: ESPN Cricinfo