His­tory says Eng­land have Trent Bridge edge

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SOUTH Africa’s record at Trent Bridge is not some­thing that can be looked at with fond­ness, even though the ground has seen some of the most fa­mous feats by South African crick­eters.

Only twice in eight Tests against Eng­land have South Africa won at Trent Bridge and both of those wins came in an­other era. Dud­ley Nourse, with a dou­ble cen­tury, and Athol Rowan, with a sec­ond in­nings “five­for”, were the heroes when South Africa won for just the sec­ond time in Eng­land in 1951.

The 1965 tri­umph at Trent Bridge is among South Africa’s most fa­mous Test vic­to­ries, with many in these parts still vividly re­call­ing Graeme Pol­lock, who was a guest of the MCC at Lord’s last week, scor­ing 125 off 149 balls with 21 fours. His elder brother Peter took a “ten-for” as South Africa claimed vic­tory by 71 runs. They would go onto win that se­ries, re­main­ing the only South African team to win a Test se­ries in Eng­land un­til Graeme Smith’s side won in 2008.

Since read­mis­sion, South Africa have only played at Trent Bridge twice but lost both times. In 1998, Al­lan Don­ald and Michael Ather­ton en­gaged in their fa­mous bat­tle, with the lat­ter’s un­beaten 98 see­ing Eng­land to an eight-wicket win.

South Africa were 1-0 up when the third Test of a five-match se­ries was played at Trent Bridge in 2003, but de­spite Shaun Pol­lock con­tin­u­ing to keep the fam­ily name up in lights at the ground, South Africa lost in the face of debu­tant pace bowler James Kirt­ley’s sec­ond in­nings 6/36 which helped Eng­land win by 70 runs.

Eng­land’s over­all record at Trent Bridge in­cludes 16 de­feats in 60 Tests, but in re­cent years they’ve won six of their last seven Tests and last tasted de­feat to In­dia there in 2007.

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