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Sachin Tendulkar's next attempt to score his 100th international century will be at Lord's - after he was left out of the India squad for their tour to the West Indies.
India also return to Lord’s for the fourth NatWest ODI later in the summer. Tickets for both matches are currently sold out but hospitality packages are still available.
Tendulkar has had his request to miss the miss the tour granted by the India selectors.
The 'Little Master' has made 99 centuries in One Day Internationals and Tests, but is yet to make it onto the famous Honours Boards at Lord’s.
India tour England later this summer, with the first Test of the series taking place at the Home of Cricket.
The Test will be the 2,000th Test match history and the 100th between England and India.
Rest & rehabilitation
Tendulkar is one of a host of big name stars who will miss the three Test tour of the West Indies. India also play five ODIs and one Twenty20 international.
ICC World Cup winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be absent for the ODI and T20 matches, with Suresh Raina captaining the side in the shorter forms of the game.
Left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan is rested for the ODI series while Ashish Nehra misses the entire tour while. World Cup player of the tournament Yuvraj Singh is out with a lung infection.
Virender Sehwag had already been ruled out of the tour but is confident of being fit again for the tour of England.
Gautam Ghambir, initially penciled in as skipper for the ODI and T20 matches, is also missing with a shoulder injury picked up in the World Cup final win over Sri Lanka.
The likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Manoj Tiwari, who have both played one ODI, will have a chance to stake their claim for places on the tour to England.
It would seem to suggest that India are taking the challenge presented by England very seriously. England skipper Andrew Strauss and Director, Andy Flower have made clear their aim to be the world's number one Test side - a spot currently occupied by India.
Time to deliver?
Tendulkar’s decision to miss the West Indies tour sets-up a potentially mouthwatering innings for the 38-year-old at the Home of Cricket.
Should he reach the landmark, Tendulkar will be the first player to make 100 international centuries. He has made 51 Test and 48 ODI tons.
However, his record at Lord’s is infamously poor. His highest score at 'HQ' is just 37 in four Tests and only 30 from three ODIs he has played here.
Role: Right-handed batsman