England have won four Tests in a row against Australia for the first time since they won five consecutive Ashes Tests between 1926 and 1929.
Since their Ashes defeat in 1997, England have won six, drawn four and lost one Test at Emirates Old Trafford. They have won their last four Tests at the venue.
Australia have won three and drawn two of their last five Tests at Emirates Old Trafford. Overall they have won eight, lost seven and drawn 14 of their 29 Tests at the venue.
Of grounds to host at least 50 Tests, Emirates Old Trafford has seen the highest percentage of draws (46%).
Ian Bell and Alastair Cook have scored two Test centuries at Emirates Old Trafford. Three players – Denis Compton, Gordon Greenidge and Alec Stewart – have struck three.
Ian Bell is seeking to score hundreds in three consecutive Tests for the second time in his career.
Ian Bell’s Test average of 81 at Emirates Old Trafford is his highest at any venue he has played more than two innings at.
Stuart Broad needs one wicket to become the 15th player to take 200 Test wickets for England.
James Anderson (320) needs six wickets to overtake Bob Willis (325) as England’s second highest Test wicket taker.
Alastair Cook needs 18 runs to overtake Colin Cowdrey as England’s sixth highest Test run scorer. Kevin Pietersen is 40 runs adrift of Cowdrey on this list.
An average stand of 45.2 for the 10th wicket in 2013 is Australia’s best average partnership for any wicket this year.
England and Australia have both played seven Tests this year. England batsmen have struck 10 centuries, Australia two.
The four highest defensive shot percentages in Test cricket this year are held by Australia players, minimum 500 balls faced (Phil Hughes, Peter Siddle, Ed Cowan and Steven Smith).
Of those to face at least 500 balls in Tests this year, only BJ Watling has scored a higher percentage of runs (59.9%) behind square than Matt Prior (57.8%).