England set for historic 1000th Test
England will become the first nation in the history to play 1000 Test matches next week. Their landmark match is scheduled to be hosted Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham from August 1. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ১০০০তম টেস্টের সামনে ইংল্যান্ড]
England were the first teams to play Test cricket in 1877 when Australia won the inaugural Test match in Melbourne. Since then, it has been a long journey. England have been a part of numerous history. They have produced some of the greatest Test players of all-time.
In 999 matches so far, the English have won 357 of them and lost 297. The have the most number of draws (345) and losses. When it comes to winning matches, they are second after Australia’s 383 wins. England have the second-best win/loss ratio (1.20) and third-highest win percentage.
No other nation has played even 850 matches except England. Australia have played 812, Windies 535, India 522. The other countries are yet to play 500 Tests. South Africa have played 427, New Zealand 426, Pakistan 415, Sri Lanka 274, Bangladesh 108 and Zimbabwe 105. Ireland and Afghanistan have just played one Test game each. ICC World XI played a Test once against Australia in 2005.
England took on Australia for the most number of times in thus traditional format, 346. However, they won only 108 against 144 losses. They have faced Windies 154 times in Tests, South Africa 149, India 117, New Zealand 103, Pakistan 83, Sri Lanka 31, Bangladesh 10 and Zimbabwe 6 matches.
Two active players – Alastair Cook (12145 runs) and James Anderson (540 wickets) lead the batting and bowling charts of England’s Test history. Cook has also played 156 Test matches and led 59 times, both all-time records for England.