The Oval Records: Check out IND vs AUS records at the Kennington Oval in London ahead of India vs Australia WTC Final 2023

Updated on: Jun 6, 2023 7:33 pm IST

The Oval Records IND vs AUS WTC Final 2023

The iconic Kennington Oval in London is ready to host the much-anticipated ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 final between India and Australia starting from 7 June, 2023. For the second consecutive time in four years, the Indian team have qualified for the WTC final after having lost the 2021 finals at the hands of New Zealand in a rain-truncated Test match. On the other hand, the Aussie team have been a really consistent side in this WTC 2021-23 cycle as they have managed to win 11 out of their last 19 Test matches.

IND vs AUS WTC Final: The Oval Records

The iconic Oval ground has witnessed a total of 104 matches to date, with teams choosing to bat first in 88 of them. Out of these, the team batting first emerged victorious in 38 matches, while the team fielding first claimed victory in 29 games. Over the past ten years, out of the nine matches played, teams have elected to field first in five of them, resulting in two wins and three losses.

Over the past decade, the Oval has established itself as a favorable pitch for scoring runs. Amongst the seven grounds, including Lord’s, Old Trafford, Headingley, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, and Rose Bowl, it boasts the third highest runs per over, averaging at 3.39.

However, bowlers also find opportunities to make an impact on this ground. On average, a wicket falls every 54 balls or after 30 runs. In the first two innings, teams often rely on pace bowlers to take wickets and restrict the scoring rate. These pacers maintain an average of 27.51, an economy rate of 3.19, and a strike rate of 51.45.

As the game progresses into the next two innings, spinners come into play, claiming a wicket every 50 balls on average, with an impressive average of 26.57. The Oval stands out as the ground with the best strike rate for spinners at 58.8, the second-best average at 32.31, and the third-best economy rate at 3.29 among the seven grounds over the past decade.

Records India Australia
No. of Test matches at the Oval 14 34
Wins 2 7
Draws 7 14
Losses 5 17

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Highest run getters at The Oval in Tests

For Australia, Steve Smith has smashed a total of 391 runs from as many as 5 innings at the Kennington Oval in London and has a staggering average of over 97.

Player Innings Runs Balls Outs Avg SR HS 4s 6s 50 100
JE Root 16 672 1,158 15 44.80 58.03 149 79 2 3 2
AN Cook 11 600 1,369 11 54.55 43.83 147 69 0 4 1
SPD Smith 5 391 703 4 97.75 55.62 143 46 5 1 2
JM Bairstow 12 365 584 12 30.42 62.50 81 49 2 3 0
MM Ali 11 348 686 11 31.64 50.73 108 47 3 1 1

Highest Wicket Takers at The Oval in Tests

For India, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has picked up as many as 12 wickets from 4 innings at this venue while Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon has taken 9 wickets from 6 innings.

Player Innings Overs Runs Wickets Economy Average Strike Rate 4W 5W BBI 4s 6s Dots
SCJ Broad 14 230.3 755 24 3.28 31.46 57.62 3 0 4/41 105 1 1,050
JM Anderson 13 229.4 590 23 2.57 25.65 59.91 1 0 4/95 82 2 1,113
CR Woakes 9 143.1 451 16 3.15 28.19 53.69 1 0 4/55 70 4 683
MM Ali 9 129.0 551 14 4.27 39.36 55.29 1 0 4/45 58 15 514
BA Stokes 6 92.0 365 12 3.97 30.42 46.00 0 0 3/39 57 2 405
MR Marsh 4 54.2 172 12 3.17 14.33 27.17 0 1 5/46 26 0 254
OE Robinson 4 78.3 232 12 2.96 19.33 39.25 0 1 5/49 24 3 378
RA Jadeja 4 124.0 344 11 2.77 31.27 67.64 1 0 4/79 29 2 552
K Rabada 4 68.0 279 9 4.10 31.00 45.33 1 0 4/81 33 0 284
NM Lyon 6 104.3 277 9 2.65 30.78 69.67 1 0 4/69 24 3 470

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