First Test, England v Pakistan - Statistical Preview
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.
The upcoming fixture will be the 78th match between England and Pakistan, with the hosts having won 22 matches.
Currently, Pakistan have a six-match unbeaten streak against England in Test cricket. All these six games were played in the United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan’s last win at Lord’s came in the year 1996 and after that victory, they have lost three matches and drew a game. This includes the Test match against Australia in 2010.
Since 2003, England have not lost a Test at Lord’s after batting first. Similarly, they have not lost a home Test match since 2012 when batting first.
On the other hand, Pakistan have only one defeat in their last eight Test matches.
England’s Jonny Bairstow is currently the top run-scorer in 2016, having amassed 626 runs at an excellent average of 104.3. Bairstow needs 152 more runs to surpass Matt Prior’s record of most Test runs by an England wicket-keeper in a calendar year (777).
A total of six Pakistan batsmen have scored centuries at Lord’s. However, Mohammad Yousuf’s 202 in 2006 remains the only three-figure score by a Pakistan batsman at the home of cricket in this decade.
With three more wickets, Stuart Broad, who currently has 67 wickets at Lord’s, will overtake Sir Ian Botham as the second highest wicket-taking bowler at the venue.
James Anderson, who is the leading wicket-taker at Lord’s with 78 scalps, is also the leading bowler in 2016 with 28 wickets. Anderson’s bowling average in 2016 is 18.9, which is currently his best in a calendar year.
Stats from Investec
© Cricket World 2016