New Delhi: The final match of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) is eyeing the world. From June 18, this historic match will be played between India and New Zealand at The Rose Bowl (The Ages Bowl) in Southampton, England. Which team can win in this match? Which team can be helped by the pitch. It is important to know before the match what the mathematics of the toss can be and what the probable score can be.
According to reports, the pitch of Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium helps most bowlers and this is the pitch where batsmen are seen struggling. Especially for openers, this pitch bothers them a lot. Fast bowlers get tremendous swing here. Which makes it difficult for the top-order batsmen, as the new ball moves a lot. This pitch also gives extra bounce to fast bowlers. Spin bowlers also get a lot of help from the pitch, spin bowlers get good turn and bounce. It is England’s fastest track and historically good for batting but now most of the bowlers dominate the match.
It is a bit easier to bat on this pitch in the first days of the Test, but once the match goes into the last days of the Test match, the pitch helps the fast bowlers more and they get more swing and bounce off the pitch. Spin bowlers also get good turn and bounce and spin attack is very dangerous on the fourth and fifth day of the Test match.
However, the pitch is good for the batsmen in the first innings and hence the team that wins the toss at The Rose Bowl Cricket Stadium usually decides to bat first to score a winning score in the scorecard. With this, it is said about the pitch that if the weather is bad then the bowlers will get more help from the pitch and on-field conditions.
The early years on the field were a boon for immature wickets, which would have proved beneficial for seam bowling, resulting in many low-scoring bouts. The quality of these pitches was severely criticized. In the first season, seamer Alan Mulli took 8 wickets for 90 against Warwickshire in the County Championship. Which is the best innings bowling figures on the field.
As the pitches settled, higher scores were created. However it is still more suited to bowlers than batsmen. In 2005, Hampshire scored 714/5 in a match against Nottinghamshire, with John Crowley also scoring his first triple century on the field. He had an unbeaten 311 runs. These records still remain as the highest team and individual score in The Ages Bowl. Worcestershire scored a record 86 for the lowest first run on the field in 2007.
The average scores for the last 5 Tests of all 4 innings at the Rose Bowl Southampton Ground are as follows:
Test match first innings average score – 300 runs
Test match second innings average score – 324 runs
Test match third innings average score – 280 runs
Test match fourth innings average score – 187 runs
Highest score 583/8 England vs Pakistan 2020
Lowest score India 178 runs vs England 2014
On this pitch, India has lost in three matches between India and England.
From the average score in all 4 innings of the last 5 Tests at the Rose Bowl Southampton Cricket Ground, we can conclude that the first and second innings have a relatively high average score and with each subsequent innings, the average score deteriorates. . Obviously, it is easier for batsmen to score runs in the first two innings as there is less swing in it. Dry pitches and flat wickets help spin bowlers achieve success while bowling on these decks. In the four Test matches held here, the team batting first has won two, one match was won by the other batting team and one match was drawn.