As the countdown has begun, the first Test match between England and India have a significant historical aspect for the home side in particular. The series opener against Team India will be a milestone for England. The Three Lions will be taking the field to play their overall 1000th Test match. So much so, the governing body of cricket, ICC congratulated England on achieving this feat. England made their Test debut against Australia in March 1877.
Moreover, the historical match for England will take place at Edgbaston in Birmingham from August 1.
Figures of England till present:
England as a team has played 999 Test matches so far, and they have won 357 Tests and eventually lost out on 297 Tests. Out of them, 345 Test matches culminated in a draw.
On a single venue of Edgbaston, England has crossed the mark of 50 Test matches. The first match at Edgbaston took place in May 1902 against Australia.
Among them, England has featured in 27 Test wins and has lost eight Test matches. But 15 ended without any result.
On behalf of ICC, The former skipper of New Zealand and member of Emirates Elite Panel of ICC match referees will present a silver plaque to England. Colin Graves, the chairman of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will receive this award.
Shashank Manohar congratulated England on this milestone:
The chairman of ICC, Shashank Manohar congratulated England for this feat. The English team will be the first-ever country to reach this milestone.
“I wish England all the best in this historic match and may it continue to produce players and performances that inspire the following of Test cricket, the oldest and most demanding format of the game,” Manohar said.
Matches between two countries
The first Test match between two countries took place in June 1932. Both teams have played a total of 117, Test Matches. Out of them, England dominates the figures with 43 wins and losing out on 25.