In Numbers: England vs India

From Kohli's struggles to Cook's Edgbaston epic, we crunch some of the numbers ahead of England's five-Test series with India, which starts at Edgbaston.

England team (Back row: Adil Rashid, Sam Curran, Jamie Porter, Dawid Malan, Keaton Jennings, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali. Front row: Jonathan Bairstow, Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad and James Anderson) at Edgbaston on July 31, 2018 in Birmingham, England.   -  Getty Images

Wednesday sees the start of England's five-Test series with India, as Joe Root's men take on Virat Kohli's number-one ranked side.

England will be seeking revenge after a 4-0 hammering in India the last time the sides met in the format two years ago.

The white-ball contests earlier in the tour were much closer contests, India prevailing 2-1 in the Twenty20 encounters before the home side triumphed by the same scoreline in the one-dayers.

For the purists, the longest form of the game is regarded as the pinnacle. So we have crunched the numbers ahead of the first Test at Edgbaston - the opening act of what promises to be a compelling six weeks of international cricket.

 

1,000 - This will be England’s 1,000th Test match - more than any other side. They have won 357 of the 999 they have participated in to date (D345 L297).

3 - India has only tasted defeat three times in its last 33 Tests, compared to 23 wins over the same stretch of matches.

0 - India has taken on England six times before at Edgbaston in Test cricket; and has never recorded victory there, losing five of those six encounters.

294 - Alastair Cook's highest Test score came at Edgbaston, when England last faced India at the venue (in 2011 - making 294 off 545 balls). He is 144 runs away from becoming the first batsman to post 1,000 Test runs at Edgbaston.

24 - James Anderson (540) requires 24 more wickets to overtake Glenn McGrath (563) as the seamer with the most scalps in Test cricket.

14 - Anderson is 14 away from being only the second man to take 100 Test wickets versus India; 20 will see him go top in the all-time list (above Muttiah Muralitharan, 105).

13.4 - Virat Kohli has played one Test series in England before, managing to score 134 runs across 10 innings at an average of just 13.4 in 2014; this is the lowest rate he's managed in a country.

10 - Anderson (86) is 10 scalps away from becoming the all-time leading wicket-taker in Tests between England and India (Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, 95). He has the best average of anyone to take 50+ Test wickets since the start of 2017 (19.1).

256 - Cook needs 256 more runs to go above Kumar Sangakkara into fifth place on the all-time list of leading Test run-scorers.

100 - Anderson needs six scalps to become the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets at Lord's; he'd become only the second player to claim that many at a single venue (Muralitharan at three different grounds).

2 - Ben Stokes is set to reach 100 Test wickets; he's taken 98 to date.