The four-match Test series between England and Pakistan gets underway on Thursday with the first game at Lord's. This is the first time England are hosting Pakistan since 2010. Ahead of the much awaited first Test, let us have a look into some of the key statistics.
England batsman Gary Ballance, who has been recalled to the Test side for the first match against Pakistan at Lord’s, dismissed concerns over his groin injury and said that he is fit to play on Thursday.
Pakistan held steady at 71 for one from 24 overs in the second innings with a lead of 143 runs after Sussex declared on 291 for five following a marathon opening partnership of 212 runs between Luke Wells and Harry Finch on the second day of the tour match in Hove.
Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont continued their excellent form at the top of the order as England Women set a target of 171 runs and went on to secure a 57-run victory against Pakistan Women to complete a 3-0 clean sweep in the third Twenty20 International in Chelmsford.
Marcus Trescothick slammed a 111-ball 106 as Somerset avoided a defeat at the hands of Pakistan and scored 258 for eight in the second innings as the tour match ended in a tight draw on the third and final day in Taunton.
Defending a total of 138 runs, England Women bowled Pakistan Women out for 103 runs in 19.4 overs to secure a 35-run victory in the second Twenty20 International in Southampton and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Pakistan fast bowlers left Somerset reeling after bowling them out for 128 runs in 34.1 overs and proceeded to score 140 for four, stretching their lead to 371 runs by the end of the second day’s play of the tour match in Taunton.
A brilliant century from Jonathan Trott and half-centuries from Ian Bell and Tim Ambrose has put Warwickshire in control of their Specsavers County Championship Division One game against Surrey on day two.
An unbeaten 99 from Younis Khan and crucial knocks from Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq were the talking points of a solid batting display from Pakistan on the first day of the practice match against Somerset in Taunton.
Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont shared a massive 147-run opening stand to set up a target of 188 runs following which England Women restricted Pakistan Women to 119 for seven and sealed a comfortable 68-run victory in the first Twenty20 International in Bristol.