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2011 preview: Sachin's Last Chance?

With a thrilling 2010 season now behind us, thoughts will soon be turning at Lord’s to 2011 and the visits of Sri Lanka and India - including Sachin Tendulkar.

Keep visiting this winter for news of the 2011 public ticket ballot and other events at the Home of Cricket.

Sachin says goodbye?

India are the blockbuster visitors to England next summer, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men playing both a One Day International and the fourth and final Test match at Lord’s.

Sachin Tendulkar will of course be the star turn for the Indians and will be aiming to put right a horrid record with the bat at the Home of Cricket.

He might be just two ton's away from becoming the first Test player to make 50 centuries, but The Little Master has failed in his four Test visits to Lord’s.

Tendulkar’s highest score stands at just 37 – made during India’s last Test visit to Lord’s in 2007 as the visitors clung onto a draw before going on to win the series 1-0.

As arguably the finest batsman of his generation Tendulkar, who will be 38 by next August, will be desperate to finally etch his name on the famous Honours Board in his fifth and possibly final visit to Lord’s.

Post Murali blues?

Kumar Sangakkara’s side might be without Muttiah Muralitharan by the time they reach these shores next summer, but they remain one of the most unconventional and exciting sides in the world.

Next year’s series is the first in England between the two sides since 2006 when the opening Test at Lord’s finished in a high scoring draw – including 158 from Kevin Pietersen.

The likes of Sangakkara, currently ranked as the number one batsman in Test match cricket, and Lasith Malinga make Sri Lanka an incredibly dangerous and pulsating prospect however.

Many of the squad were a part of the side who lost the 2009 ICC World T20 Final to Pakistan at Lord’s and will see the fixture as a chance to erase some painful memories.

Major International fixtures at Lord’s – 2011

Friday 3 to Tuesday 7 June: England v. Sri Lanka - 2nd Test Match

Thursday 21 to Monday 25 July: England v. India - 1st Test Match

Sunday 11 September: England v. India - 4th One-Day International

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