England-India Fifth Test Preview
England head to The Kia Oval on the back of two handsome wins over India at The Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford respectively and need only to draw the game to win the five-match series.
On 10 occasions in series of five or more matches, England have come from 1-0 down to win a Test series, most recently during the 2005 Ashes, when they also lost heavily at Lord's.
However the Kia Oval is not a happy hunting ground with only one win in their last four, making it their least successful venue since 2010 in terms of win percentage.
India have lost three of 11 Tests at the ground, winning one and drawing seven. It is their least successful English venue.
It was, however, where they first won a Test in England, back in 1971.
Alastair Cook currently has 8,344 Test runs and needs 120 to pass Alec Stewart and go into second place behind Graham Gooch on England's all-time list.
He also needs 70 runs to pass Gooch as England's all-time leading run-scorer against India. Gooch leads the way with 1,725.
Ian Bell has 7,149 Test runs and is just 101 runs behind Wally Hammond in seventh place on England's list.
James Anderson is rapidly catching up Sir Ian Botham and eight wickets in the match would put him at the head of England's all-time wicket-taking list. He has 376 to Beefy's 383.
He also needs four wickets to become the first man to take 250 Test wickets in England.
Regardless of the result, MS Dhoni will equal a milestone at The Kia Oval. He will join Sourav Ganguly in leading India in 28 overseas Tests as captain. His record: won six, lost 13 and drawn eight compares with Ganguly's 11 wins, 10 defeats and seven draws.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar needs 12 runs and two wickets to become the first Indian to score more than 250 runs and take more than 20 wickets in an overseas Test series.
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9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, NottinghamIndia 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, LondonIndia 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, SouthamptonEngland 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, ManchesterEngland 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, LondonEngland 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, BristolMatch abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, CardiffIndia 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, NottinghamIndia 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, BirminghamIndia 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, LeedsEngland 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, BirminghamEngland 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs