ICC congratulates England on their 1000th men’s Test

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has sent its congratulations  to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as their men’s team prepares for their
1000th Test match, which begins at Edgbaston in Birmingham against India on August 1.

Out of the 999 men’s Tests to date since their debut Test against Australia at the  Melbourne Cricket Ground in March 1877, England have won 357 Tests and lost 297  Tests with 345 ending in draws.

At the Edgbaston alone, the venue of the 1000th Test, England have played 50 Tests  to date 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,” he said.

To 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 Mr Colin Graves before  the start of the Test, an ICC media statement on Monday said.

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. Edgbaston has hosted six Tests between the two sides, with England leading 5-0
on a head-to-head.

These statistics will give England further impetus to their ambitions of improving  their current ranking of fifth on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings. If England  makes 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.

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 strength their grip on the  top spot. If India wins 5-0, then they will rise to 129 points and England will drop to  sixth place on 94 points.

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