Established in 1857, the Old Trafford Cricket Ground is a stadium located in Manchester, England.
Old Trafford is England's second-oldest Test cricket venue after The Oval and hosted the first-ever Ashes Test in England in 1884.
Though it shares the Old Trafford name with the Old Trafford Football Ground, the home to famous football club Manchester United, the two venues are located on either end of the Warwick Road in Greater Manchester.
The cricket ground also has also been the stage to a slice of Indian cricketing history, with little maestro Sachin Tendulkar hitting his first international cricket century at the ground during a 1999 Test. Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, remains the only Indian to register an ODI hundred (140 vs Pakistan, 2019 Cricket World Cup) at the venue.
The Old Trafford Cricket Ground initially served as the home of the Manchester Cricket Club (1857) and the Lancashire County Cricket Club (1864). Since 1884, the England cricket team has played international cricket matches at the venue.
Old Trafford has a seating capacity of 19,000 for domestic matches and can be extended to hold 26,000 for international games.
Since it opened its doors, the Old Trafford Cricket Ground has hosted 82 Test matches, 55 ODIs and 11 T20Is.
The Indian cricket team has played 11 ODIs at Old Trafford, winning five while suffering six defeats. India have also featured in nine Tests and two T20I encounters at this venue.
Here, we look at some ODI records and stats at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground.
Old Trafford ODI records and stats
Highest team total: The England cricket team holds the record for the highest team total in ODI cricket at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground. During the 2019 Cricket World Cup, England posted 397/6 in their allotted 50 overs against Afghanistan. In reply, the Afghans could only manage 247/8 as England won the tie by 150 runs.
Lowest team total: The Canada cricket team registered the lowest ODI team total at Old Trafford during the 1979 Prudential Cricket World Cup. Elected to bat first, Canada were bundled out for 45 in 40.3 overs, with England’s Bob Willis and Chris Old picking up four wickets each. Hosts England chased the target down in 13.5 overs and secured a convincing eight-wicket win.
Most runs: Former England captain Eoin Morgan has amassed the most ODI runs at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground. The left-hander scored 456 runs in 13 matches at a strike rate of 109.87. His top score of 148 at this ground helped England set their highest-ever total in Cricket World Cup history in 2019.
Highest individual score: West Indies cricket legend Vivian Richards recorded the highest individual score in ODI cricket at Old Trafford. The swashbuckling batter scored an unbeaten 189 off 170 balls against hosts England in 1984. Richards’ innings were laced with 21 boundaries and five sixes.
Most wickets: Former England cricketer Bob Willis has picked the most wickets at this venue in ODIs. The right-arm pacer claimed 15 wickets in nine ODIs at an economy of 2.78. His best bowling figures at the venue was 4/11, which helped England subject Canada to the lowest ODI total at Old Trafford.
Best bowling figures: Australia’s Glen McGrath posted the best bowling figures at this venue in 50-over cricket. The right-arm fast bowler registered figures of 5/14 against West Indies during the 1999 Cricket World Cup encounter at Old Trafford.
Highest partnership: Australia’s Alex Carey and Glen Maxwell hold the record for the highest partnership posted at Old Trafford in ODI cricket. The former England duo forged a 212-run partnership for the sixth wicket against England in a 2020 ODI match. While all-rounder Maxwell contributed 108 off 90 balls, Carey added 94 runs to the cause as Australia chased down England’s target of 303 with a score of 305/7 and two balls to spare.
Author: William Paul
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