Two of the top three test teams will battle it out at Lord's -- considered the home of Cricket -- as India and England commence their test series on Thursday.

It is also, incidently, the 2,000th Test match in Cricket. Peculiarly, it's also a sell-out -- a word not often associated with Test cricket these days.

However, India and England will battle it out, with this probably being the last tour of England which holds all three of the Indian phenoms: Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.

Here are some pictures taken during the training sessions from both camps, on the day before the first test begins.