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The England cricket team represents England and Wales. They also used to represent Scotland until 1992 when the Scots decided to have a team of their own. The England team is governed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) since 1997 before which they used to be governed by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) since 1903.

The first recorded match in England is believed to have been played in 1739. Matches continued to be played in various parts of England for the rest of the century and the next but the first major meeting with an international rival happened in 1861 when an English team toured Australia. They played several matches but those are not recognized officially as they were always played ‘against odds’. Owing to having a stronger team, England always fielded 11 men against several more. The first match against Australia was against 18 players.

But in 1877, it was finally decided that England would play against Australia with both teams fielding 11 players. This match came to be recognized as the first-ever Test match. In 1882, England lost a home series to Australia leading to The Sporting Times writing an obituary for English cricket and the following year a tour of Australia was planned in a bid to ‘regain the ashes’. This is how Test series between England and Australia came to be called the Ashes, with an urn believed to carry the ashes of a bail or a ball being used as a trophy. To this day, the Ashes is the biggest Test rivalry in cricket and as of today 70 editions have been held with Australia edging England 33-32. Australia are also the current holders of the Ashes, having won the latest edition in 2017-18 by a 4-0 scoreline.

Apart from playing the first-ever Test match, England have also played the first ever ODI against Australia in 1971. Their first T20 international in 2005 was also against Australia. Over the decades, England have seen some world class players and have been captained by legendary players like Tony Greig, Ian Botham, David Gower and Graham Gooch.

But for all their famed players, they are a grossly underachieving side. They reached the final of the three ODI World Cups (1979, 1987 and 1992) as well as two Champions Trophys (2004 and 2013) but lost on all 5 occasions. Their only triumph at an ICC event was when they won the World T20 in 2010. They finished runners up again in the 2016 edition.

The 2019 ODI World Cup is set to be held in England and with home advantage, the English are banking on their side to finally win a coveted ODI World Cup.

International Honours

ICC World T20: 2010

Overall stats

 SpanMatchesWonLostTiedDraw/No Result
Tests1877-100210023592980345
ODIs1971-2018717357328824
T20Is2005-2018104505004

Current ICC Rankings

 
Tests5th
ODIs1st
T20Is4th

Most Runs for England 

 BatsmanRunsAverage
TestsAlastair Cook1222545.11
ODIsEoin Morgan561837.95
T20IsEoin Morgan172328.71

Most Wickets for England 

 BowlerWicketsAverage
TestsJames Anderson55726.85
ODIsJames Anderson26929.22
T20IsStuart Broad6522.93

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