Can India add to England’s recent slump at Lord’s?
The Three Lions have won only three Tests at HQ since 2014.
England will be out to turn around their poor recent record at Lord’s in this week’s second Test against India.
Trevor Bayliss’ side go into the match looking to build on a thrilling opening win at Edgbaston and build a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
India, though, will be hoping to inflict England’s fifth defeat in their last 10 Tests at HQ and restore parity.
In the last five years, England have lost more Tests than they have won at their most traditional home ground – four to three, plus draws with Sri Lanka in 2014 and 2016.
India played their part in that record with a win in 2014, when Ishant Sharma blew away the lower order to take seven for 74 and set the seal on a 95-run defeat.
There have been two defeats to Pakistan, including a nine-wicket rout earlier this summer when only Jos Buttler and Dom Bess’ half-centuries staved off an innings loss, and a 405-run thumping by Australia in 2015.
The missing man
A common thread links England’s three wins in that time – and once again it is less than encouraging news.
Ben Stokes, absent from this week’s squad due to a court case on a charge of affray, was named man of the match in two of the three games.
Against the West Indies in 2015 the all-rounder hit 92 and 101 before taking three for 38 in the tourists’ second innings, while against the West Indies last year he took six for 22 before top-scoring with 60 in England’s first innings.
Moeen Ali’s off-spin was the decisive factor against South Africa last summer, with match figures of 10 for 112, but even then Stokes made 56 in the first innings.
England’s all-time record at Lord’s is positive, with 53 wins and only 32 defeats from 134 games – and the recent slump looks even stranger when set against the immediate precedent.
In the previous five years, from 2009 to 2013 inclusive, England won eight of their 10 Lord’s Tests including some emphatic scorelines.
Pakistan were beaten by an innings in the controversial 2010 Test marred by spot-fixing, there was a 347-run success against Australia in 2013 while the Windies and Bangladesh succumbed by 10 and eight wickets respectively.
There was a draw with Sri Lanka in 2011 while the only defeat in the five-year period was by 51 runs to South Africa in 2012.