Lord’s Pitch Report: England v Pakistan
Ends: Pavilion End, Nursery End
Home Team: Middlesex
Test History: 135 Tests; 53 home wins, 33 away wins, 49 draws
Last 10 Tests: 5 home wins, 3 away wins, 2 draws
Last 10 Tosses: 5 bat first (3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss), 5 field first (1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses)
As the home of English cricket – indeed world cricket – it has been suggested that Lord’s inspires the opposition more than it does the hosts. Getting onto the famous honours boards is a motivation no-one denies.
The ground is privately owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club (membership 18,000), is the home to the ECB and, from 1909 to 2005, the ICC.
Despite the MCC’s reputation for stuffiness, the ground has been extensively redeveloped to keep it at the forefront of cricketing venues, and many of the additions are strikingly modern without diminishing the famous venue’s historical power.
Last Time Out
The West Indies ran into Ben Stokes is the form of his life with the ball, the allrounder took 6 for 22 as the tourists collapsed to 123 all out after winning the toss and electing to bat first.
Stokes came to England’s rescue with bat in hand hitting 60 having come to the crease with England 24 for 4, they would lurch to 194 with Stuart Broad chipping in a valuable 38.
Kieran Powell and Shai Hope provided the only real Windies resistance in a second innings where they crumbled to 177 all out as James Anderson took 7 for 42.
Mark Stoneman (40*) and Tom Westley (44*) would guide England to a nine wicket victory after Alastair Cook fell to legspinner Devendra Bishoo.
Speaking about the famous slope Proteas quick Vernon Philander said: “There is always a little something in there with the duke ball, conditions here also depend on the overhead.
“We always look forward to playing Test cricket, playing against some of the stronger nations always brings out the best in us. We have a great record away from home so hopefully we can continue with that.
“It [the slope] could play on your mind if you are not used to it.
“I always find it’s a wicket-taking option, when it gets flat here you can use the slope to run it back in, similarly when there is movement.
“You have to get used to it quickly, most of us would have played here and had a feel for it so we can share ideas.”
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 14, 2016
Happy Hunting Ground
Alastair Cook is second only to Graham Gooch in the runscoring charts at Lord’s having racked up 1845 runs in 24 Tests at the venue at an average of 43.92 including four hundreds and eleven fifties.
James Anderson (90) and Stuart Broad (77) top the all-time wicket taking stakes at the ground.
Asad Shafiq’s aggregate of 123 runs in the 2016 Test makes him the leading runscorer at Lord’s in the current Pakistan squad.
Mohammad Amir’s 13 wickets in 3 Test matches make him the leading wicket taker at the venue in the current group he needs five wickets to become Pakistan’s most successful Test bowler at Lord’s ahead of Waqar Younis.
There may be some cloud cover on day one but the Test appears to have blessed with good weather from day two onwards.
They say if you win the toss at Lord’s look up rather than down at the pitch. That cliché has been proven wrong time and again though and the skipper winning the toss would do well to put runs on the board.
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