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A matter of stats: Will Misbah’s men make history at Lord’s?

Pakistan's Younis Khan, first left, and Misbah Ul Haq, center, walk with stumps as they leave the green with England's Adil Rashid, first right, after the Pakistan and England Test match at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

“Ghar ki murghi daal barabar”

This is a very common saying in Pakistan. In the literal sense it means “chicken made at home is equivalent to lentils” ─ and I don’t need to get into what it implies.

What I will get into is that the same term of ‘endearment’ can also be applied to Pakistan’s Test team.

Ranked No. 3 in the world, Pakistan is unbeaten in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and boasts the second best win-loss ratio among all Test playing nations since October 2010, the second best win-loss ratio at home since October 2010, and the second best win-loss ratio away from home since October 2010.

Misbah’s men have achieved all of this without playing a single Test in their own country.

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