England v India Test: The key stats ahead of Lord's showdown

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The stakes are high as England take on India in the second Test at Lord’s after taking a 1-0 lead in Birmingham.

England will be without Ben Stokes for the crucial Test while young batsman Ollie Pope is set to make his debut.

Here, we take a look at some interesting stats ahead of the second Test which starts on Thursday.

6 – wickets James Anderson is away from 100 wickets at Lord’s. The swing ace has 94 scalps from 22 Tests at the ‘Home of Cricket’.

1 – Only one bowler has managed to pick up 100 or more wickets at a single ground in Tests – Muttiah Muralitharan at Colombo, Kandy and Galle.

3 – Ishant Sharma needs six more wickets to become the third Indian pacer to pick up 250 or more Test wickets.

4 – wins and as many defeats in the last 10 Tests at Lord’s for England. That includes two defeats to Pakistan and one to India.

36 – Tests as captain for Virat Kohli. India have never fielded the same XI in successive Tests under Kohli’s leadership.

42 – India’s lowest-ever Test total of 42 was posted at Lord’s in 1974.

67 – runs India opener Mural Vijay needs to complete 4,000 Test runs.

136 – number of Tests played at Lord’s – the most at any ground. Melbourne comes in second at 110.

687 – Ollie Pope is set to become the 687th cricketer to play Test cricket for England. He will play at Lord’s after making his first-class debut last year.

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From Hameed to Malan, a look at the last five batsmen to debut for England in Tests

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Haseeb Hameed (l) and Dawid Malan.

England will hand 20-year-old Surrey batsman Ollie Pope his Test debut against India at Lord’s on Thursday.

The batsman has an impressive first-class record with 1,012 runs in 15 matches since his debut last year.

With Dawid Malan dropped from the team after a string of low scores and multiple dropped chances in the slip cordon at Birmingham, Pope will become the 687th player for England in Tests.

But what about the last five batsmen who were handed Tests caps by England. We take a look at what they did.

MARK STONEMAN

Tests: 11, Runs: 526, Avg: 27.68, 50s: 5

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Before Pope, Stoneman was the last batsman to win a Test cap for England. He opened the innings with Alastair Cook against the West Indies in Birmingham in 2017. He made just eight in his first outing as Cook smashed a double ton. He didn’t get a chance to bat again in the game as England won by an innings. He was decent without being impressive in the Ashes Down Under last season as he made two fifties in five Tests. Now 31, has been pushed out of the side with England going for the younger Keaton Jennings.

TOM WESTLEY

Tests: 5, Runs: 193, Avg: 24.12, 50s: 1

The Essex batsman played his first Test against South Africa at The Oval last year. Batting at one down, Westley scored a fifty in the second innings. But that would be the only half-century of his Test career. Thereafter, the Essex batsman registered five successive single digits scores at home – which included matches against the West Indies – resulting in an abrupt end to the 29-year-old’s Test career.

DAWID MALAN

Tests: 15, Runs: 724, Avg: 27.84, 100s: 1, 50s: 6

One of the more promising batsmen to emerge in England, especially in the temperament department. The 30-year-old Middlesex batter started off well in the middle-order, with his best effort of 140 in the Ashes in Perth in December expected to take him through this season. However, a startling dip in form – which included just one fifty in his last 10 innings – plus dropped chances in the Birmingham Test saw the left-hander omitted from the team for the Lord’s Test.

KEATON JENNINGS

Tests: 8, Runs: 373, Avg: 24.86, 100s: 1, 50s:  1

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The 26-year-old started off with a bang – scoring a century against India in Mumbai. However, he didn’t play in the Ashes Down Under after struggling against the Proteas last year. Following a fifty against India in Chennai in 2016, hasn’t scored a single half-century. Back in the mix as Cook’s opener, scored 42 crucial runs in the first innings in Birmingham against India.

HASEEB HAMEED

Tests: 3, Runs: 219, Avg: 43.80, 50s: 2

A heartbreaking story. It seemed England had found a long-term Test opener in the now 21-year-old. He showed exemplary courage and application as he was dismissed for a single digit score just once in three Tests  against the Indians in 2016 before a finger injury paved the way for Jennings’ debut. However, as he recovered away from the Test team, his domestic form dropped like a stone. Technical flaws have reportedly seeped into his game. However, the Lancashire batsman has time on his side.

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England's recent record against Asian teams at Lord's far from impressive

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England will have a spring in their step when they take on India in the second Test at Lord’s from Thursday.

England have an excellent record in Tests against India at the ‘Home of Cricket’. In 17 Tests at the ground, India have won just two matches and have suffered defeats 11 times. Looking at the overall, India don’t seem to stand stand much of a chance despite winning the last time in 2014.

However if you look at the England’s record at the ground in the last few years, a trend emerges – that of a clear struggle against subcontinent teams.

In last 10 Tests at the ground, England have won four Tests, lost as many and drawn two. The wins have come against Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies.

But more interestingly, two of the defeats have come against Pakistan and one against India. Also, both draws have come against Sri Lanka.

The trend started with India defeating the hosts in 2014 thanks to a six-wicket haul from seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and a seven-wicket burst from quick Ishant Sharma.

Then in 2016, Pakistan triumphed by 75 runs thanks to a 10-wicket match haul by leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

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Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

The men in green were at it again this year, as an inexperienced team led by Sarfraz Ahmed stunned Joe Root’s England by nine wickets with seamer Mohammad Abbas picking up eight wickets in the match.

Sri Lanka done admirably as well. They drew their matches in 2014 and 2016.

Seamers and spinners from the subcontinent have enjoyed conditions at Lord’s. And given that the pitch for the match starting Thursday should aid spinners due to the heatwave in London, expect India to be extremely competitive.

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