ICC congratulates ECB as England gear up for 1000th Test match

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) has congratulated the England and Wales Cricket Board as England gear up to play their 1000th Test match when they take on India in the first of the five-match series at Edgbaston from August 1.England men’s team has played 999 Tests since making 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.At the Edgbaston 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.ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said: “On behalf of the cricket family, I want to congratulate England on their 1000th men’s Test match, the first 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.”India vs England: Buttler wants to learn from ‘immensely talented’ KohliTo commemorate the occasion, Jeff Crowe, former New Zealand captain and member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, on behalf of the ICC, will present a silver plaque to England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves before the start of the Test.England have dominated India since their first Test in June 1932, winning 43 and losing 25 out of a total 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.advertisementEdgbaston has hosted six Tests between the two sides, with England leading 5-0 on a head-to-head.CHANCE FOR KOHLI TO TOPPLE SMITHThese statistics will give England further impetus to their ambitions of improving their current ranking of fifth on the ICC Test Team Rankings. If England make a 5-0 sweep, then they will jump to second on the table with a 10-point rise to 107 points, reducing the pre-series gap with top-ranked India from 28 points to just five points. India will have a chance to strengthen their top spot (Reuters Photo)In contrast, if India can display their strength and prowess which has made them the highest-ranked side in the world, then they will further strengthen their grip on the top spot. If India win 5-0, then they will rise to 129 points and England will drop to sixth place on 94 points.Extra-motivated Kohli could prove to be dangerous for England: Graham GoochIndia captain Virat Kohli will look to snatch the coveted No.1 position from Australia’s Steve Smith, while England fast bowler James Anderson will aim to defend his No.1 ranking.Kohli trails Smith by 26 points and will have to produce a string of strong performances to leapfrog the Australian, while Anderson will also need wickets to either defend or consolidate his top spot.Apart from Kohli and Anderson, both the sides comprise players who feature prominently in the Test player rankings who, during the course of the series, will be hoping to make upward movements. This makes the upcoming series a perfect recipe for entertaining, interesting and enthralling red-ball cricket.Amongst the batsmen, both England and India have five each inside the top-50. From England, Joe Root is ranked third (48 points behind Kohli), Alastair Cook 13th, Jonny Bairstow 16th, Ben Stokes 28th and Moeen Ali 43rd, while India’s Cheteshwar Pujara is sixth, followed by Lokesh Rahul 18th, Ajinkya Rahane 19th, Murali Vijay 23rd and Shikhar Dhawan 24th.Indian bowling attack suited for all conditions, reckons Darren GoughAmongst the bowlers and besides Anderson, Stuart Broad is the other bowler who features inside the top-30 in 12th position.In contrast, India boasts six bowlers inside the top-30, including two spinners in Ravindra Jadeja (third) and Ravichandran Ashwin (fifth), and four fast bowlers, namely Mohammed Shami (17th), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (25th), Ishant Sharma (26th) and Umesh Yadav (28th).India’s left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who caused problems for the England batsmen in the ODI series, is ranked outside the top-50 in 56th position.The Test player rankings will now be updated following the conclusion of the Edgbaston Test, while the Test team rankings will be updated following the conclusion of the fifth and final Test at The Oval.last_img read more