Bat or Bowl?
England have drawn 19, won 13 and lost 3 when batting first compared to 14 draws, 8 wins and 11 loses when batting second.
Against the Aussies on this ground, their record is D6, W5, L1 when batting first and D7, W2, L6 when Batting second.
It's a no-brainer; win the toss and bat at Old Trafford.
Highest Team Totals
First innings of Match: 627/9d against Aus, 3rd Test 1934 (Draw)
Second innings of Match: 611 ao against Aus, 3rd Test 1964 (Draw)
Third innings of Match: 404 ao against Aus, 5th Test 1981 (Won)
Fourth innings of Match: 332 ao against Aus, 1st Test 1993 (Lost)
First innings of Match: 656/8d against Eng, 4th Test 1964 (Draw)
Second innings of Match: 491 ao against Eng, 3rd Test 1934 (Draw)
Third innings of Match: 432 ao against Eng, 4th Test 1961 (Won) &
432/5d against Eng, 1st Test 1993 (Won)
Fourth innings of Match: 402 ao against Aus, 5th Test 1981 (Lost)
Highest ever by any team: 656/8d by Aus against Eng 3rd Test 1964 (Draw)
Highest Successful run chases:
England 231/3 in 65.4 overs 3rd Test Vs WI-2004
RSA 145/7 in 30.3 overs 3rd Test Vs Eng-1955
Highest Successful run chases - England Vs Australia
England 107/6 in 77.2 overs 1st Test in 1886
Australia 125/7 in 84.3 overs 2nd Test in 1896
England 82/1 in 29.1 overs 2nd Test in 1977
Australia 81/1 in 32.5 overs 4th Test in 1989
Highest Ever Losing 4th innings totals
Aus 402 chasing 506 in 5th Test Vs Eng 1981
Ind 376 chasing 548 in 4th Test Vs Eng 1959
Eng 332 chasing 512 in 1st Test Vs Aus 1993
Highest to Draw
Ind 343/6 in 90 overs chasing 408 in 2nd Test Vs Eng in 1990
Warne has taken 17 wickets in Two tests at 14.58 with 6/48 in the 3rd Test in 1997 being his best. He is also two wickets away from taking 150 English wickets.