Trent Bridge establishes itself as flattest ODI pitch in the world

Ajit Vijaykumar 01:00 20/06/2018
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Jonathan Bairstow smashed a ton against Australia at Trent Bridge.

Trent Bridge, Nottingham, can safely claim to be the most batsman friendly pitch in the world. The third ODI between England and Australia on Tuesday turned into a run fest of epic proportions as the hosts amassed a world record 481-6.

Opener Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales cracked breath-taking centuries as England hit Australian bowlers all around the park to register the highest score in ODI cricket.

England broke their own record they had set at the same venue against Pakistan when they amassed 444-3 in 2016.

In the last five years, Nottingham has hosted six ODI matches and according to stats on ESPNcricinfo, the average run rate at the ground in that period now stands at 7.34, which is the highest for any venue in the world.

In fact, England has two of the top three batsmen friendly venues in the world at the moment. With an average run rate of 6.5 in ODIs in the last five years, The Oval in London is third on this list behind Wanderers, Johannesburg (7.04).

Also, according to statistician Mohandas Menon, Nottingham has now provided the most 400-plus scores in List A cricket – five, which is one more than Jo’burg and two more than The Oval.

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