Lord's Cricket Ground in St John's Wood is known as the Home of Cricket and it will host the second Test of the 2023 Ashes series.
|What||Ashes Series 2023|
|Where||Five Test matches at Edgbaston, Lord's, Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval|
|When||Series starts 11:00, Friday 16th June|
|How to watch||Sky Sports Cricket & Sky Sports Main Event|
|Odds||England , Draw 6/1, Australia 11/10|
Lord's is situated in the St John's Wood area of north-west London. It is owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club and is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club.
Yes, the 2023 Ashes series will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event.
The 2023 Ashes clash at Lord's will be the 38th Test between England and Australia at the ground.
The first time they met there was in 1884 and Australia have won 15 and drawn 15 of their 37 Lord's Tests with England claiming just seven victories.
Australia have also triumphed in the only two Test matches in which Lord's was used as a neutral venue, beating South Africa in 1912 and in 2010.
England have won 57, lost 34 and drawn 51 of their 142 Tests at Lord's.
No visiting team can match Australia's record in St John's Wood but Pakistan have also risen to the occasion, winning five and losing only four of their 15 matches at Lord's.
South Africa's 2022 victory over England took their tally of Lord's wins to six, second only to Australia, while India, who had struggled at the ground for decades, triumphed on two of their last three visits, in 2014 and 2021.
England beat Australia by an innings in the first two Tests at Lord's in 1884 and 1886 and those results set the tone for a venue where one-sided contests have greatly outnumbered tight finishes.
One rare nail-biter came in the 1985 Ashes as memories of the 1981 defeat at Headingley flooded back for Australia when they slipped to 65-5 chasing just 127 for victory.
Captain Allan Border dug in with an unbeaten 41 to see them home and five years later, in 1990, England skipper Graham Gooch scored 333 and 123 in a victory over India, who had avoided the follow-on in dramatic fashion when Kapil Dev hit spinner Eddie Hemmings for four successive sixes.
The 2019 Ashes Test at Lord's ended in a draw but is remembered for a spectacular duel between England fast bowler Jofra Archer, on his Test debut, and Australia's Steve Smith, who made a gutsy 92 despite being bombarded by rapid short balls from Archer.
The new ball tends to do plenty of damage at Lord's, particularly in cloudy conditions, but pitches are generally good for batting after the first 15 or 20 overs.
England scored 524-4 declared in the only innings of this month's win over Ireland, with Ollie Pope making 205 and Ben Duckett 182, but South Africa's fast bowlers rolled them over for 165 and 149 in August 2022.
In the first Lord's Test of last summer, collapsed to 12-4 inside the first 10 overs on day one but recovered to set England a target of 277 which they reached thanks to Joe Root's unbeaten 115.
England have passed 400 only once in their last 26 Test innings against Australia at Lord's, where the tourists racked up 566-8 declared on their way to a 405-run win in 2015.
Legendary England openers Graham Gooch, Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss all passed 1,500 Test runs at Lord's and Joe Root is in the same bracket with 1,680 runs at an average of 52.5.
Batting in the middle-order is usually an advantage at Lord's although Root did score a second-innings 180 opening the batting against Australia in the 2013 Ashes.
Steve Smith batted at number nine on his first Test visit to Lord's, against Pakistan in 2010, but his last three innings against England there have yielded scores of 215, 58 and 92.
And England bowler Stuart Broad is just 50 runs short of 1,000 at Lord's, having played 27 Tests at the Home of Cricket, making a career-best 169 against Pakistan in 2010.
Broad (108) and James Anderson (117) are comfortably the leading Test wicket-takers at Lord's, although Broad has claimed only three five-wicket hauls in 53 innings.
The ability to adapt to the famous slope, and to get the ball seaming or swinging around, is more important than express pace at Lord's, as shown by the recent success of England's Chris Woakes (27 wickets in five Tests) and New Zealand's Tim Southee (24 in five).
Two more New Zealanders, Richard Hadlee and Trent Boult, have also starred at the venue while Australia's Glenn McGrath took 26 wickets in just three Lord's Tests at an average of 11.5 and compatriot Bob Massie found swing on his debut in 1972, picking up 16 scalps in the match.