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Third Test, England v Sri Lanka - Statistical Preview

Alastair Cook (left) and James Anderson (right) during a practice session at Lord's.
Alastair Cook (left) and James Anderson (right) during a practice session at Lord's.
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With a nine-wicket in Chester-le-Street, England took a 2-0 unassailable lead in the ongoing three-match series against Sri Lanka. The third and final Test will be played at Lord’s with England aiming a clean sweep. Here are a few key statistics ahead of the encounter.

If England win the third Test, it will be their first Test series whitewash since the 4-0 victory in the four-match series against India in 2011. It will also be the first time they have whitewashed Sri Lanka and only the fourth such result in all series containing three or more games since 1978.

At Lord’s, England lost their previous Test match against Australia in the 2015 Ashes. However, they have not lost two consecutive games at the venue.

The third Test will be the eighth encounter between England and Sri Lanka at the iconic Lord’s venue. England have an unbeaten record here against Sri Lanka but the visitors have drawn the previous four matches at this venue.

Sri Lanka have now played 16 Test matches without a draw while England have only drawn two games in the last 18. The hosts have also lost just two games out of the last 17 home games against Asian teams.

Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath went past 300 Test wickets and became the seventh spinner to reach the landmark in the second Test in Chester-le-Street. However, no England spinner has managed to scale the record. Derek Underwood, with 297 wickets, is England’s best spin bowler.

With five more runs, Alastair Cook will become the second England batsman to amass 5,000 Test runs at home. Graham Gooch is the only other cricketer to reach that landmark.

Cook also needs just 40 runs to become the second highest run-scorer at Lord’s. Andrew Strauss (1,562 runs) and Graham Gooch (2,015 runs) are the top two run-getters at the home of cricket.

Stuart Broad will become the second highest wicket-taker at Lord’s and will overtake Sir Ian Botham (69 wickets) If he takes five more scalps. James Anderson (75) is currently the leading wicket-taker at the venue.

Joe Root of England has scored 1,754 runs since the start of 2015, the most by any batsman in Test cricket. However, in the last 18 innings, he has only one century.

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