Ends: Pavilion End, Nursery End
Home Team: Middlesex
Test History: 133 Tests; 51 home wins, 33 away wins, 49 draws
Last 10 Tests: 4 home wins, 4 away wins, 2 draws
Last 10 Tosses: 5 bat first (4 wins, 1 draw), 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
Pakistan got their Test series against England off to a flying start with an inspired win at the home of cricket.
Misbah-ul-Haq led a rally from 77 for 3 in the first innings with his 114 allowing Pakistan to reach 339 all out while Chris Woakes set the tone for the season leading the English bowling with figures of 6/70.
In reply England squandered a good start provided by Alastair Cook (81) and Joe Root (48) to fall to 272 all out with Yasir Shah getting his name on the honours board taking 6 for 72.
Pakistan scrapped to 215 all out thanks to a fierce rearguard action with Woakes picking up another five wicket haul ending with figures of 5 for 32.
Led by Yasir Shah (4/69) Pakistan knocked over England for 207 to complete a win that would inspire a nation.