Pitch Report: 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup – Lord’s, London

Pitch Report
Lord's generic general view 2018 PA

Lord’s: Overview

Established: 1814
Capacity: 30,000
Floodlights: Yes
Ends: Pavilion End, Nursery End
Home Teams: Middlesex, England

2019 Cricket World Cup fixtures:
June 23, 1030 BST/1500 IST: Pakistan v South Africa
June 25, 1030 BST/1500 IST: England v Australia
June 29, 1330 BST/1800 IST: New Zealand v Australia (D/N)
July 5, 1330 BST/1800 IST: Pakistan v Bangladesh (D/N)
July 14, 1030 BST/1500 IST: The Final

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.

Lord’s takes over from The Oval as the London hub for the second half of the 2019 World Cup, with some mouth-watering group stage clashes – England v Australia an obvious highlight here – before the final on Sunday July 14.

That clash with Australia will be England’s only visit to their HQ unless they reach the final, while both Pakistan and Australia play two of their group games here.

England might not be too worried by that given a less than 50-50 ODI record in NW8, while the historical stats suggest Australia should be happier than Pakistan to be playing here (at least) twice.

Lord’s: ODI statistics

Matches: 62
Won batting first: 26 (43%)
Won batting second: 32 (53%)
Ties: 2 (3%)
No result/abandoned: 2

Won toss: W26 L32 T2 NR1
Won toss, batted: W6 L12
Won toss, fielded: W20 L20 T2 NR1

Highest total: England 334/4 (60/60 overs) v India, June 7 1975
Lowest total: South Africa 107 (32.1/50 overs) v England, July 9 2003

300+ totals: 8

Runs per over: 4.70
Runs per wicket: 32.04

Lord’s: Last 10 ODIs

July 14 2018: England (322/7, 50/50 overs) bt India (236, 50/50 overs) by 86 runs
May 29 2017: South Africa (156/3, 28.5/50 overs) bt England (153, 31.1/50 overs) by seven wickets
May 7 2017: England (328/6, 50/50 overs) bt Ireland (243, 46.1/50 overs) by 85 runs
Aug 27 2016: England (255/6, 47.3/50 overs) bt Pakistan (251, 49.5/50 overs) by four wickets
Sept 5 2015: Australia (309/7, 49/49 overs) bt England (245, 42.3/49 overs) by 64 runs
May 31 2014: Sri Lanka (300/9 50/50 overs) bt England (293/8 (50/50 overs) by seven runs
May 31 2013: New Zealand (231/5, 46.5/50 overs) bt England 227/9 (50/50 overs) by five wickets
Sept 2 2012: England (224/4, 46.4/50 overs) bt South Africa (220/8, 50/50 overs) by six wickets
June 29 2012: England (272/5, 50/50 overs) bt Australia (257/9, 50/50 overs) by 15 runs
Sept 11 2011: England (270/8, 48.5/48.5, target: 271) tied with India (280/5, 50/50 overs) (DL method)

Lord’s: ODI record by country

England: P53 W24 L26 T2 NR1
South Africa: P4 W1 L3
Bangladesh: P0
New Zealand: P3 W3
Pakistan: P11 W4 L7
Australia: P20 W12 L7 T1

Lord’s: Individual ODI stats

Centuries: 30
Five-wicket hauls: 9
Highest score: 138* (157), Viv Richards (West Indies) v England, June 23 1979
Best bowling: 9.2-1-30-5, Daniel Vettori (New Zealand) v West Indies, July 10 2004

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