The forthcoming match between England and India at Lord's is the 2,000th Test match. To mark the occasion the ICC Mace will be on display in the MCC Museum.
The ICC Test Championship Mace, currently held by India, is awarded to the team leading the Test rankings.
Andrew Strauss’ England are in third postition ahead of the series opener at the Home of Cricket on 21 July and are determined to be the next side to take the Mace.
The MCC Museum, which also features the famous Ashes urn, is part of the Lord’s Tour.
The Mace visits the Museum on Friday 15 July in the lead-up to the historic Test match – which is also the 100th between the two sides.
India have been in possession of the Mace since taking over from South Africa as the leading Test side in December 2009.
Previously, Australia had held the title of ICC Test champions since its inception in June 2003.
India’s current rating of 125 sees them seven points clear of South Africa’s 118 with England lying in third place with 117.
England can move to number one in the rankings if they win the four match series by two clear matches and will draw level if they win by one match.
Also on display in the MCC Museum is the Pataudi Trophy, commissioned by MCC in 2007, awarded to the winning captain in series between England and India.
The winning captain in this year's series may end up with his hands full!
The Lord’s Tour runs throughout the year, with expert guides giving visitors an expert insight into the inner workings of the Home of Cricket.
As well as the fascinating MCC Museum, visitors get to explore the famous Victorian Pavilion as well as seeing the home and away Dressing Rooms - including the Lord’s Honours Boards.
The Tour also takes in the futuristic J.P. Morgan Media Centre, with photo opportunities from its stunning panoramic views of Lord’s.