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England v South Africa, First Test - Statistical Preview

South Africa's Dean Elgar (L) and England's Joe Root pose with trophies
South Africa's Dean Elgar (L) and England's Joe Root pose with trophies

As the first Test between England and South Africa is about to get underway on Thursday at Lord's, we take a look at few of the key statistics ahead of the encounter.

Team Statistics

If England do manage to win the series, it will be the first time that they have won back to back series against South Africa since 1964.

England have managed a solitary series win against the South Africa since the Proteas' readmission to Test cricket that came in 1992.

In the last seven Tests between these two countries in England, South Africa have registered four wins and lost one.

Lord's has not been the lucky venue for the hosts against South Africa as their last victory over the visitors at the venue came way back in 1960. They have lost four encounters here to the Proteas and managed to draw two.

Player Statistics

Joe Root, who has currently made 98 appearances in the longer format is set to lead England for the first time in Test cricket and will be replacing Alastair Cook, who has captained them 59 times.

Five more runs for Cook will make him the third player after former Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to record scores of 1000+ against seven different oppositions.

Hashim Amla needs 48 more runs to become the fourth Proteas batsman to reach 8,000 Test runs.

Another four wickets will make James Anderson the first bowler to claim 300 wickets in England and Wales.

Stats from Investec

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