Wednesday 11 June 2014 

England-Sri Lanka Lord's Test Preview

Sam Robson, Moeen Ali
England will be a much-changed outfit at Lord's and both Sam Robson (left) and Mooen Ali are expected to make their debuts
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Ahead of England's first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's, here is our statistics-based preview as both sides look to get off to a winning start at the home of cricket.

Sri Lanka won the One-Day International series 3-2 and the one-off Twenty20 International, but England are the favourites in the longer format of the game.

England squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Matthew Prior, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Chris Woakes

Sri Lanka squad:
Angelo Mathews (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Shaminda Eranga, Rangana Herath, Mahela Jayawardene, Prasanna Jayawardene, Dimuth Karunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilruwan Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhammika Prasad, Kumar Sangakkara, Kaushal Silva, Chanaka Welagedara

Odds (bet365): England 11/10, Draw 2/1, Sri Lanka 10/3

Not least because in the last five years, England have won 21 of their 33 Tests at home, drawing eight and losing just four.

They don't lose too many series at home either - just three of their last 24 have seen them beaten.

While plenty of eyes will be fixed on newcomers Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan and Sam Robson, all of whom could feature, England will be relying on some of their most experienced players as well.

Since 2010, James Anderson and Stuart Broad both average 24.5 in England with more than 100 wickets apiece.

Anderson is the third highest wicket-taker at Lord's and his tally now stands at 61, nine wickets behind leader Fred Trueman. Next on the list is Broad, with 48.

This will be Alastair Cook's eighth Test as captain in England and with five wins from his first seven, he has a record only bettered by Brian Close (six in seven) by those who captained in seven or more Tests.

But what of the opponents, who are expected to struggle in early-season conditions that may prevent their spinners from having much of an impact?

Mahela Jayawardene has scored two Test centuries in England, and both have come at Lord's, where he averages 75. That figures drops to less than 28 elsewhere in England and Wales.

Kumar Sangakkara, meanwhile, averages just 30 in England and Wales, lower than any other country and he has scored just one Test century here.

Stats from Opta

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Fixtures & Results

20th May: Twenty20 International, The Oval, London
Sri Lanka 183-7 (T Perera 49) beat
England 174-7 (Hales 66) by nine runs
22nd May: 1st ODI, The Kia Oval, London
England 247-6 (Ballance 64, Bell 50) beat
Sri Lanka 144 (Jordan 3-25) by 81 runs (D/L)
25th May: 2nd ODI, EDICG, Chester-le-Street
Sri Lanka 256-8 (Dilshan 88, Gurney 3-59) beat
England 99 (Senanayake 4-13) by 157 runs
28th May: 3rd ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 73-0 (Bell 41no, Cook 30no) beat
Sri Lanka 67 (Jordan 5-29) by 10 wickets
31st May: 4th ODI, Lord's, London
Sri Lanka 300-9 (Sangakkara 112, Dilshan 71) beat
England 293-8 (Buttler 121) by seven runs
3rd June: 5th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Sri Lanka 222-4 (Thirimanne 60no) beat
England 219 (Cook 56) by six wickets
12th-16th June: 1st Test, Lord's, London
England 575-9 dec. & 267-8 dec. drew with
Sri Lanka 453 (Sangakkara 147) & 201-9
20th-24th June: 2nd Test, Headingley, Leeds
Sri Lanka 257 & 457 (Mathews 160) beat
England 365 & 249 (Moeen Ali 108no) by 100 runs