Extreme home field advantages!
By Cricketwindies Staff
(cricketwindies.com)The only thing more certain in Test cricket than Shane Watson reviewing an LBW decision, is visiting teams inability to win in Karachi. Pakistan's win/loss ratio at the National Stadium is a staggering 10.50. Of the 41 Test matches staged at the National Stadium, Pakistan were winners on 21 occasions with just 2 losses and 18 draws.
Pakistan's dominance in Karachi was such that they were unbeaten in their first 35 matches - although they were indebted to a remarkable 57 run last wicket partnership between Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed against Australia in 1994 to keep this record intact.
Their first loss came on 7 December 2000 against England. The final days play was one for the ages, with England knocking off the final runs needed in total darkness. The dragon was finally slayed in the most unique set of circumstances, and one of crickets most enduring records - spanning almost 46 years - had been broken.
Seven years later, South Africa became the only other side to win a Test match in Karachi.
Pakistan's dominance was such that Nick Cook once took match figures of 11/83 and England still lost.
In 72 innings in Karachi, Pakistan were bowled out for 250 or less on just 8 occasions. By contrast, opposing teams were bowled out for less than 250 in 34 of their 78 innings.
Although Karachi holds the record for the highest win/loss ratio by a home team, South Africa holds the record for the highest winning percentage at a home ground. While playing at SuperSport Stadium in Centurion, South Africa have won a staggering 76 percent of all Test matches played.
Australia hold the record for most home wins at one ground with 36 at the Gabba, where they currently enjoy a 19 match unbeaten run. Their last loss at the Gabba came against the West Indies back in 1988.
The graph below shows the top five home venues by win/loss ratio.
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To put the top 5 win/loss ratios into perspective, home teams have a collective win/loss ratio of 1.54. Although, it should be noted that home field advantage has increased this century with the win/loss ratio rising to 1.66. Still, however, paling in comparison to the top 5 home field advantages included in the chart above.