For only the second time in its 195 year history, Lord’s will play host to a third Test match in a year when England face Pakistan in the NPower series decider on Thursday.
Lord’s typically only hosts two Tests a summer but it was a neutral venue when Pakistan hosted Australia earlier in July, breaking the long standing tradition – the last time three Test matches were played in a single year was 1912.
As the summer’s slump in ticket sales continues, the opening day of the main Lord’s test will be the first time it hasn’t sold out in 11 years, with 1,000 tickets made available on the door on Thursday.
England’s record in North London in recent years is exceptional with their last defeat coming against Australia in that incredible Ashes series of 2005 and they are 8/11 to continue their winning run.
None of the Pakistan squad have tasted victory at Lord’s and their 4/1 odds relate to the view shared by most that they will taste defeat yet again.
Lord’s has proved to be a happy hunting ground for the England batsman, of the top seven, only Paul Collingwood averages less at Lord’s than he does over the course of his career and Kevin Pietersen really enjoys the MCC strip with four centuries at the ground, averaging 64.71 in his ten tests.
Pietersen is currently available at 7/2 to add a fifth century to his already impressive statistics whilst Jonathan Trott, who has one century from one test at Lord’s, is priced at 4/1.
Pakistan have had one good innings in the series thus far and the view that history provides shows exactly what they are up against in trying to level the Test series.
History proves England are more than capable of taking the series. See the full England vs Pakistan Fourth Test betting market here.