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England is regarded as the birthplace of the game. English cricket is governed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
History Of The England Cricket Team
A team representing England can be traced back as far as 1739, but the first recognised Test match wasn’t until 1877 when England lost to Australia in Melbourne. England also played in the first ever One Day International also at Melbourne in 1971. England had to wait until 2010 to win an ICC trophy when they won the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and they finally won a 50 over World Cup as hosts in 2019 after losing the final three times previously. In 2022, they won the T20 World Cup again in Australia, defeating the Pakistan national cricket team in the final, to become the first team to hold both ICC white ball crowns at the same time.
Where Does The England Cricket Cricket Team Play?
The main and traditional International venues of the England cricket team are Lords (London), The Oval (London), Edgbaston (Birmingham), Trent Bridge (Nottingham), Old Trafford (Manchester), and Headingley (Leeds). Lords is regarded as the World’s most historic venue known as ‘The home of cricket’.
Former Captains Of The England Cricket Team
Mike Brealery had a modest Test batting average of 22.88, in fact he never made a Test century. It’s a testament to how highly regarded he was as a England cricket team captain that he managed to play 39 matches between 1976 and 1981. He was captain in thirty one of those games, losing just four. He in fact wrote a book, The Art of Captaincy, a reference point for many aspiring leaders to this day.
The summer of 2005 will be regarded as one of the most glorious in English cricket. Micheal Vaughan led England to victory against a stellar Australian line up to win The Ashes cricket series for the first time since 1987. If it wasn’t for injuries he’d have surely captained the England cricket team more but he deserves to be regarded as one of England’s finest captains.
Top Run Scorers In England Cricket Team History
Current star Joe Root is the leading run scorer within the England cricket team in all formats, with 18,104 scoring 45 centuries.
Top Wicket Takers In England Cricket Team History
No seam bowler ever has taken more Test wickets than James Anderson, he’s still going on 972 International wickets in all formats.
Memorable Games For The England Cricket Team
The England cricket team were used to failure against Australia by 2005, that was to change in what some regard as the greatest ever Test series. With England 1-0 down after a heavy defeat at Lords, England bounced back at Edgbaston in the most dramatic fashion winning by just 2 runs in a thrilling encounter. This was to prove pivotal as the England cricket team went to win the Ashes 2-1, a first victory in 18 long years.
Ben Stokes produced the impossible at Headingley in 2019, needing 76 to win the 3rd Ashes Test of the series; he was joined by last man Jack Leach with the game seemingly over. Stokes smeared the Austalians to all parts finishing 135 not out (Leach scored 1) to keep the series alive.
Rivals of the England Cricket Team
The Australia cricket team are England’s great rivals, with matches dating back to the 1870’s. As we have already mentioned, The Ashes is one of the most highly contested events within the cricket world. Another rival of the England cricket team is the South Africa national cricket team, with their being some incredibly impressive matchups since the 1990s.