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World leaders versus Ashes winners

As England secured the Ashes Down Under the world's leading Test side, India, played out a thrilling series in South Africa. The two sides meet, at Lord's next year.

Tickets for the hotly anticipated clash at the Home of Cricket go on sale on Monday 10 January.

Many have already been snapped up in the Lord's Ticket Ballot - but any remaining are sure to go quickly too.

The match will bring together some of the world's top players with the tourists bringing with them batsmen Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Gautam Gambhir.

They also boast the bowling talents of Zaheer Khan, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Ishant Sharma and Harhajan Singh.

That's just from the series in South Africa - India boast a depth and wealth of talent. One of the world's leading all-rounders, Yuvraj Singh, missed the current tour through injury.

England's form men

England will be full of confidence though, having retained the Ashes Down Under for the first time in decades of trying.

Opening batsman Alastair Cook is bang in form, having racked up 1,000 runs in Australia.

In doing Cook became, at 26, the second youngest player to pass 5,000 career Test runs - a landmark bettered only by Sachin Tendulkar (who else) - who achieved it aged 25.

Strike bowler James Anderson was the series' leading wicket-taker showing off some marvelous swing bowling.

Spinner Graeme Swann will relish the chance to pit himself against the Indian masters of spin bowling.

It promises to be a thrilling Test at Lord's - from Thursday 21 July to Monday 25 July.

And, as if that wasn't enough, India are back in September for a floodlit One Day International!

Keep an eye on for all the latest ticket news.

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