England gear up for historic 1000th Test, India eye rare series triumph

first_imgEngland are set to become the first side to play 1000 Test matches when they take on India in the first Test at Edgbaston from August 1. The two cricketing giants will play five Tests in the series.England have played 999 Tests since making their debut against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in March 1877 and has won 357 Tests. They have lost 297 Tests while 345 ended in draws.England’s win percentage of 35.73 is the third best behind Australia (47.16) and South Africa (37.70). India, who have played 522 Tests so far, have a win percentage of 27.77 — seventh among top Test playing nations.At Birmingham alone, the venue of the 1000th Test, England have played 50 matches since their first Test in May 1902 against Australia, winning 27, losing eight with 15 ending in draws.READ – ICC congratulates ECB as England gear up for 1000th Test matchEngland have dominated India since their first Test in June 1932, winning 43 and losing 25 out of 117 Tests. On home turf, England have won 30 Tests and India have emerged winners on six occasions with 21 Tests ending in draws.Edgbaston has hosted six Tests between the two sides, with England leading 5-0 on a head-to-head.Jeff Crowe, the ICC match referee, will present a silver plaque to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves before the start of the Test to commemorate the occasion.READ – Virat Kohli’s Team India make the most of sunny day in BirminghamIndia had won their first Test series in England way back in 1971 with captain Ajit Wadekar lifting the trophy at the end of a three-match series. Kapil Dev and Rahul Dravid repeated history in 1986 and 2007 respectively.advertisementHowever, India tasted defeats on their next two tours of England in 2011 and 2014.READ – England 2014 to England 2018: India make big strides in Test cricketThe 2011 series was an outright disaster for India, who lost all four Tests by huge margins. Rahul Dravid was as impressive as ever but the other big guns failed to fire as England whitewashed MS Dhoni’s men.last_img

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