Cheteshwar Pujara's struggles, Joe Root's conversion woes and other key factors ahead of the Test battle between England and India

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Pujara has had a poor time with Yorkshire this year.

England take on India in a five-Test series starting on Wednesday at Edgbaston.

Here, Press Association takes a look at some of the key statistics.

43-25 – England’s all-time winning record against India, with 49 draws.

4-0 – England suffered a heavy defeat in their last series against India, on tour in 2016. They won 3-1 on India’s last visit to England.

10 – Test fifties for England captain Joe Root since he last went on to make a century. Since his career-best 254 against Pakistan in 2016, he has converted only three out of 23 half-centuries into three figures. However, he made back-to-back tons in the one-day series.

The centuries have been hard to come for the England skipper.

The centuries have been hard to come for the England skipper.

75 – England’s uncapped seamer Jamie Porter led the County Championship Division One wicket charts last season. He has 28 at an average of 26.82 so far this season.

0 – first-class matches played by recalled England spinner Adil Rashid this summer after renegotiating a white-ball only contract with Yorkshire.

13.40Virat Kohli‘s batting average on India’s last tour of England. His career Test average is 53.40.

Virat Kohli had a troubled series in England in 2014.

Virat Kohli had a troubled series in England in 2014.

9 – Test innings without a century for India’s Cheteshwar Pujara, with his top score in that time 50 from 179 balls against South Africa in January. He averaged only 14.33 for Yorkshire in this summer’s Championship, failing to pass 50 in 12 innings, but impressed in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

14 – wickets taken by Kuldeep Yadav across the one-day and Twenty20 legs of the current tour, at an average of 14.71, to earn Test selection.

303 – runs scored by India’s Karun Nair in his match-winning undefeated innings in the last Test between the two teams in December 2016 in Chennai. In six Tests to date, his next-highest score is 26.

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Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi set up impressive South Africa win in first ODI against Sri Lanka

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Kagiso Rabada (second left) picked up four wickets in Dambulla.

South Africa coasted to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka at the start of their one-day international series in Dambulla.

Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi (4-33) and paceman Kagiso Rabada (4-41) were the stars for South Africa as the hosts battled to recover from slumping to 36 for five.

Kusal Perera (81) and Thisara Perera (49) shared a sixth-wicket stand of 92, but Sri Lanka were dismissed for 193 after just 34.3 overs.

Akila Dananjaya picked up the wickets of Hashim Amla (19), Quinton de Kock (47) and Aiden Markram (nought) to finish with figures of three for 50.

But skipper Faf du Plessis (47) and Jean-Paul Duminy (53 not out) guided South Africa to their victory target, reaching 196 for five with 114 balls of their 50 overs still remaining.

The second game of the five-match series will be a day-night affair in Dambulla on Wednesday.

South Africa thus secured their first victory of the tour after being swept 2-0 in the Test series.

“Feels much better to be chatting as a winning captain,” du Plessis was quoted as saying by AFP.

“In the Test series we didn’t play well. There is a new group of players for the ODIs. I also thought we’ve learnt lessons, had good discussions and put pressure on their spinners by taking a few risks.”

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Kusal Perera helps Sri Lanka post 193 in first ODI after South Africa bowlers hit the mark

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Kagiso Rabada (third left) finished with four wickets in Dambulla.

Sri Lanka struggled to post 193 in the first ODI against South Africa in Dambulla on Sunday after South African bowlers found their rhythm following a disappointing Test series.

Kusal Perera hit an enterprising 81 while all-rounder Thisara Perera made 49 to rescue the Sri Lankan innings, which was tottering at 36-5.

Pace ace Kagiso Rabada rattled the top order and finished with superb figures of 4-41 while left arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi picked up 4-33 as Sri Lanka were bowled out in just 34.3 overs.

It was not the kind of effort Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews wanted after he decided to bat first after winning the toss. The Islanders, who won swept the Test series 2-0, were looking at getting their team combination right for next year’s World Cup.

“We have the (2019) World Cup at the back of the mind for sure, so we’ll try a few combinations,” Mathews was quoted as saying by AFP at the toss. “We’re good to go and I’m looking forward to it.”

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