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Ashes ground guide: Trent Bridge

England v Australia, Fourth Test, 25-29 August 2005
Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG2 6AG

Trent Bridge
Trent Bridge is the world's third oldest major cricket ground and home to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club.

Cricket developed into a public spectacle in Nottingham during the latter half of the 18th century.

The main ground was owned by the town council, but following the marriage of the Nottinghamshire captain to the landlady of the local Trent Bridge Inn, a new ground was set up in the meadow attached to the hostelry.

The country's largest pavilion was erected in 1886 and, after further developments, hosted its first Test match against the Australians in 1899.

Today the ground is considered one of England's best in terms of beauty, although not when it comes to results.

Trent Bridge clearly does little to inspire the hosts as they have won under 30% of their matches, their worst return at home.

And those figures make even worse reading when taking only Ashes contests into consideration. The percentage win ratio drops to just 15%.

Australia have won seven of the 19 matches between the sides and have not lost since 1977 when Derek Randall hit the winning runs on his home turf.

England also came out on top in 1905 and then in 1930, despite Don Bradman scoring the first of his 11 Test centuries on English soil.

Bradman was on the winning side in 1934 and 1948 - when he scored his third Test ton at the ground - prior to the countries playing out four draws before that most recent English win.

Since then it has been all Australia with four wins from six outings, and they have happy memories of the place having sealed the Ashes with wins in Nottingham on their previous two tours.


Tickets

The first four days are sold out and tickets for the Monday went on sale on 4 July.

They are priced at 10 and 5 for concessions and for details call 0870 168 88 88 or log on to


Stat pack

51 Tests
England: 15 wins; 14 defeats; 21 draws
Australia drew with South Africa in one neutral match (1912)

Highest individual score: 278
Denis Compton; England v Pakistan 1954
Best bowling (innings): 8-107
Bernard Bosanquet; England v Australia 1905
Best bowling (match): 14-99
Alec Bedser; England v Australia 1953
Record partnership: 329
Geoff Marsh & Mark Taylor (1st wkt); Australia v England 1989

  • England v Australia

    19 Tests
    England: 3 wins; 7 defeats; 9 draws

    FRINDALL'S FASCINATING FACT
    The Trent Bridge pavilion, the largest in England when it was built in 1886, was used as a military hospital during the Great War and as the Army's central mail-sorting office in the Second World War
    Highest individual score:
    Eng: 216*; Eddie Paynter 1938
    Aus: 232; Stan McCabe 1938

    Best bowling figures:
    Eng: 8-107; Bernard Bosanquet 1905
    Aus: 7-54; William O'Reilly 1934

    Best match figures
    Eng: 14-99 (7-55 & 7-44); Alec Bedser 1953
    Aus: 11-129 (4-75 & 7-54); William O'Reilly 1934

    Record partnership
    Eng: 219 (1st wkt); CJ Barnett and Len Hutton 1938
    Aus: 329 (1st wkt); Geoff Marsh & Mark Taylor 1989


    Directions

    The ground can be approached from both the M1 and A1 without travelling through the city centre.

    Leave the M1 at junction 24 and take the A453 to Clifton Bridge before taking the A60 Loughborough Road, from the Nottingham Knight Island roundabout, to the ground.

    Nottingham railway station is a 15-minute walk to Trent Bridge.

    There are regular buses from the city centre directly to the ground.


    Food & drink

    Nottingham is a thriving city for all entertainment.

    For any type of food the best starting place is to the east of the city centre around Carlton Street and Lace Market.

    Drinking wise, the Trent Bridge Inn and the Larwood and Voce Tavern are a short long-hop from the ground.

    For anything else, a crawl back into town will leave you with all sorts of options.


    If it rains

    Take a history lesson and immerse yourself in the legend of Robin Hood.

    Sherwood Forest is 20 miles north of the city, but closer to home (and more suitable for wet weather) Nottingham Castle, and the caves, is a one-stop journey back in time.



  • see also
    Ashes ground guide: Lord's
    13 Jul 05 |  Cricket
    Ashes ground guide: Edgbaston
    13 Jul 05 |  Cricket
    Ashes ground guide: Old Trafford
    13 Jul 05 |  Cricket
    Ashes ground guide: The Oval
    13 Jul 05 |  Cricket


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