With limited-overs fixtures done and dusted the focus in India’s tour of England now shifts to the all-important five-match Test series. The series is the most interesting part of India’s tour and all eyes will be on how Virat Kohli’s team performs in the longer format. After India won the T20 International series, England bounced back to win the three-match One-Day International (ODI) series 2-1. After a gap of around 15 days, the two teams will be back on the field as they face each other in the five-match Test series, beginning on August 01. India's Test Squad for England Series.
India are ranked number one Tests and will look to stamp their authority. England, on the other hand, are ranked fifth and they will be itching to move up the ladder. Meanwhile, the Test series will be a challenging one as on last England tour, India were handed a 3-1 defeat. This time around India have come better prepared and will be looking for a rare series win in the longer format. As two teams prepare for the contests ahead, we take a look at some of the facts:
Ind vs Eng head-to-head in Tests: India and England have faced each other in 117 Tests. England have won 43 Test while India emerged victorious in 25 matches. 49 Tests between these two sides have ended in a draw. And when it comes to head-to-head in Tests in England, there is a clear dominance by the home side. In 57 Tests, England have won 30 while India have managed to win just six. 21 Test have ended as draws. India vs England 2018: While MS Dhoni Refuses an Autograph to A Fan, Virat Kohli Wins Hearts (Watch Video).
Highest/lowest total in Tests in England: Way back in 1938 against Australia, England in their first innings scored 903 for seven and it remains the highest team total in Tests in England. The hosts eventually won the Test by an innings and 579 runs. In 1924, South Africa were bundled out for just 30 runs in their first innings against England. It remains the lowest team total in Tests in England.
England’s record at home in Tests: At home England have played massive 510 Test matches. And have a win percentage of 41.76%. Out of these matches, England have managed to win 213 Tests, lost 119 and drawn 178 games.
Highest individual score in Tests in England: During the aforementioned 1938 England vs Australia Test, opener Leonard Hutton scored 364 for the home side. It remains the highest score by a batsman on English soil in Tests.
Best bowling figures in an innings in Tests in England: In 1956, England’s Jim Laker picked 10/53 in Australia’s second innings. It apparently is the best bowling figures in an innings in Tests in England. Interestingly, in the same match, during Australia’s first innings the off-break bowler had scalped 9/37 as well. These remain the second best figures.