Statistical Preview: England v South Africa, First Test

CricViz statistical preview of the first Test between England and South Africa at Lord’s.

VENUE

1 The number of Tests won by England in their last six matches at Lord’s. They beat New Zealand (2015), but lost to Pakistan (2016), Australia (2015) and India (2014) and drew with Sri Lanka twice (2014 and 2016).

0 The number of Tests lost by South Africa at Lord’s since they were readmitted to Test cricket in 1992. They have drawn one (2008) and won four (1994, 1998, 2003 and 2012). The last they time they lost there was in 1960, although they didn’t play at the venue between 1965 and 1994.

3 The number of draws in the last 17 Tests at Lord’s. All of them have been against Sri Lanka in 2011, 2014 and 2016.

1 The number of matches won by the team who have fielded first in the last 24 Tests at Lord’s; they have lost 14 and drawn nine. The one team to win was England against West Indies in 2012.

4 Results in 13 first-class matches at Lord’s since the start of 2016. The other nine matches have been drawn.

379 The average winning first innings score in Tests at Lord’s since the start of 2010.

47.71 The average runs per wicket for left arm finger spinners at Lord’s since the start of 2010 – the highest of any bowler-type. Leg spin, with an average go 28.34 has the lowest average of any bowler-type in that period. Pace bowlers average 30.66.

PITCH

0.59° Average ball deviation for pace bowlers at Lord’s since the start of 2010 – the fourth most among the ten Test venues in England.

85cm Average bounce height for pace bowlers at Lord’s since the start of 2010 – the fifth most among the ten Test venues in England.

3.20° Average ball deviation for spin bowlers at Lord’s since the start of 2010 – the second least among the ten Test venues in England.

66cm Average bounce height for spin bowlers at Lord’s since the start of 2010 – the second least among the ten Test venues in England.

SELECTION

1993 The last time England played two specialist spinners in a Test at Lord’s, when Phil Tuffnell and Peter Such played in the same team.

2012 The last time South Africa selected four specialist seamers in an away Test match.

80 Joe Root will be England’s 80th Test captain, replacing Alastair Cook who captained England in a record 59 matches. Dean Elgar will be South Africa’s 35th Test captain, standing in for Faf du Plessis.


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