KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Home Strauss' England continue home form
England won their seventh straight home series after romping to a win over the West Indies at Trent Bridge which also seals their place as the no.1 ranked Test side.
Andrew Strauss who made 141 in the first innings and 45 in the second to continue his return to form, has now led England to victory in every one of his home series since taking over as captain in 2009. He also led England to victory over Pakistan in 2006 as stand-in.
In partnership with Andy Flower, England have been dominant on home shores in series against each of the Test playing nations - with the exception of Zimbabwe, New Zealand and South Africa.
They take on South Africa later this summer, in a battle to determine the best Test side in the world. The third Test at Lord's is sold out, but there are hospitality packages available.
The stats tell the story:
England home Tests since 2009
Played: 22; Won 16; Drawn 4; Lost 2
Series record: played 7; won 7
Defeats: v Australia, Headingley 2009, v Pakistan, The Oval 2010
Leading run scorers: Alastair Cook; 1,567 @ 46.08, Andrew Strauss; 1,436 @ 43.23, Jonathan Trott; 1,317 @ 62.71
Leading wicket takers: James Anderson; 92 @ 24.57, Stuart Broad; 87 @ 24.29, Graeme Swann 80 @ 27.17
Early season ease?
Since the year 2000, England have regularly played two Test series per-summer, with the first match usually starting as early as May. In often seam friendly, uniquely English conditions, England have made these series count to their advantage, with no series losses to date. England faced all Test nations apart from Australia, South Africa and India in this period:
Played: 33; won 24; lost 2; drawn 8
Series record: played 13; won 11; drawn 2; lost 0
Defeats: v Pakistan, Old Trafford 2001, v Sri Lanka, Nottingham 2006
Home of Cricket - Home of England?
England's record in their 25 Tests at Lord's since the turn of the century is excellent:
England at Lord's since 2000
Played: 25, won; 14, lost; 3, drawn; 8
Of the six grounds to have hosted more than five England Tests in that period (Lord's, The Oval, Trent Bridge, Old Trafford, Edgbaston and Headingley) only Old Trafford boasts a better England win/loss ratio than Lord's.
Kennington Oval (12)
Trent Bridge (12)
Old Trafford (9)
Contrast this to the previous 25 Tests England played at Lord's, and it becomes clear that the Home of Cricket has gone from being a venue more welcoming for the visitors to one England relish.
England at Lord's - July 1982 - Dec 1999
Played: 25; won; 5, lost; 12, drawn; 8
When contrasted with the same grounds during this period, this time only Old Trafford has a worse record for England in Tests than Lord's.
Kennington Oval (18)
Trent Bridge (13)
Old Trafford (13)