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Benedict Bermange Posted 17th May 2012 view comments

To stay as the top-ranked Test team, England need to win the series against West Indies.

If they win by the narrowest margin (1-0 or 2-1) they will move to 115.92 compared to South Africa's 115.91. If they draw the series they will drop behind South Africa. If they lose the series, they will drop behind Australia (and possibly India too!).

In his hands: Strauss' side must win the series to stay number one in the world

In his hands: Strauss' side must win the series to stay number one in the world

England are undefeated in their last 12 Tests at Lord's since their defeat in the 2005 Ashes Test at the venue. If they avoid defeat in this match they will equal their longest unbeaten stretch at the venue:

TestsStart Finish
1321 June 196222 July 1971
1220 June 197410 June 1982
1211 May 200621 July 2011

Here are England's longest unbeaten stretches at their other major home venues:

VenueTestsStartFinish
Manchester2524 July 190522 July 1954
The Oval1811 August 188417 August 1929
Birmingham1629 May 19024 July 1974
Nottingham911 June 19534 June 1964
Leeds88 June 196714 August 1975

The all-time record is Pakistan's 34-match run at the National Stadium, Karachi between 1955 and 2000.

James Anderson may have played 68 Tests and be ranked number three in the world, but his Test bowling average has not been below 30 since July 2007 (after 36 Tests).

Tim Bresnan has won his first 11 Tests. Only two players have had better starts to their Test careers:

PlayerTeamYearsMatches
Adam GilchristAus1999-200115
Stuart ClarkAus2006-200813

Only one England off-spinner has taken more wickets than Graeme Swann's 182 - Jim Laker with 193. Swann is playing his 42nd Test and after 41 Tests Laker had taken 176 wickets - at 21.10 compared to Swann's 27.97.

Anderson has said that this could be the greatest England Test team. Using the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings we can analyse the total points each team had acquired. The current England record is 8861 (4930 batting + 3931 bowling) in the team which beat New Zealand at The Oval in 1958. In comparison, the side which won at Nottingham last year totalled 8859.

West Indies have not won an away series against anyone other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in 17 years and they have not won an overseas Test somewhere other than Bangladesh since the Boxing Day Test in South Africa in 2007

Andrew Strauss has captained England in 25 home Tests, winning 17 of those and only losing 2. He is currently level with Michael Vaughan for captaining the most home Test wins in England:

CaptainPlayedWonLostTiedDrawn% won
MP Vaughan291760658.62
AJ Strauss251720668.00
PBH May261640661.53

Jonny Bairstow could become the 79th player to play Test cricket for England while a Yorkshire player, maintaining that county's lead in terms of the number of different current players to play for England:

CountyPlayers
Yorkshire78
Surrey66
Lancashire65
Middlesex64

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