England’s 1000th Test match: The story in numbers

On Wednesday at Edgbaston, England will become the first team to reach the landmark of 1000 Test matches when Joe Root s side take on Virat Kohli s top-ranked India.

In a 999-match history dating back to Australia in 1877, in what was the first ever Test match, England s record stands at 357 wins, 297 losses and 345 Tests.

Of their nine Test opponents, England own the best record against Bangladesh with nine wins out of ten Tests, followed by Zimbabwe with three wins and three draws from six games. Next comes New Zealand (46.6%), South Africa (40.9%), Sri Lanka (38.7%), India (36.8%), Australia and West Indies (31.2%) and Pakistan (30.1%).

England have dominated India since their first Test in June 1932, winning 43 and losing 25 out of a total of 117 matches. At home, England have won 30 Tests and India six, with 21 Tests ending in draws.

The leading run-getter for England in Tests, Alastair Cook, and the all-time leading wicket-taker, James Anderson, are set to feature in their country’s 1,000th Test match against India.


Cook, 33, is England s most capped played (156) and captain (59), the joint second most successful with 24 wins and stands right at the top of the run charts with 12,145 the only Englishman to cross the 10,000-mark. Behind him is Graham Gooch with 8,900. No Englishman has scored more than Cook s 32 Test hundreds.

Anderson, who today turned, 36, is England s leading wicket-taker of all time with 540 from 138 Tests and if he lasts all five matches against India this summer is in line to surpass Glenn McGrath s mark of 563 to become the most successful fast bowler of all time.

The venue for the first India vs England Test match, Edgbaston, has hosted six Tests between the two sides, with England leading 5-0 on a head-to-head.