England cricket team

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The England cricket team represents England and Wales in international cricket. Since 1997, it has been governed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), having been previously governed by Marylebone Cricket Club (the MCC) since 1903.[8][9] England, as a founding nation, is a Full Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with Test, One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) status. Until the 1990s, Scottish and Irish players also played for England as those countries were not yet ICC members in their own right.

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AssociationEngland and Wales Cricket Board
Test captainJoe Root
One Day captainEoin Morgan
T20I captainEoin Morgan
CoachChris Silverwood
Test status acquired1877
International Cricket Council
ICC statusFull Member (1909)
ICC regionEurope
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
Test 4th 1st (1 June 1955)
ODI 2nd 1st (1 January 1981)
T20I 1st 1st (24 October 2011)
First Testv.  Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne; 15–19 March 1877
Last Testv.  India at The Oval, London; 2–6 September 2021
Tests Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 1,040 378/311
(351 draws)
This year[3] 12 4/6
(2 draws)
World Test Championship appearances1 (first in 2019–2021)
Best result4th place (2019–2021)
One Day Internationals
First ODIv.  Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne; 5 January 1971
Last ODIv.  Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham; 13 July 2021
ODIs Played Won/Lost
Total[4] 761 384/339
(9 ties, 29 no result)
This year[5] 9 6/2
(0 ties, 1 no result)
World Cup appearances12 (first in 1975)
Best resultChampions (2019)
Twenty20 Internationals
First T20Iv.  Australia at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton; 13 June 2005
Last T20Iv.  New Zealand at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; 10 November 2021
T20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[6] 143 75/61
(2 ties, 5 no results)
This year[7] 17 11/6
(0 ties, 0 no result)
T20 World Cup appearances7 (first in 2007)
Best resultChampions (2010)

Test kit

ODI kit

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T20I kit

As of 10 November 2021

England and Australia were the first teams to play a Test match (15–19 March 1877), and along with South Africa, these nations formed the Imperial Cricket Conference (the predecessor to today's International Cricket Council) on 15 June 1909. England and Australia also played the first ODI on 5 January 1971. England's first T20I was played on 13 June 2005, once more against Australia.

As of 6 September 2021, England have played 1,040 Test matches, winning 378 and losing 311 (with 351 draws).[10] In Test series against Australia, England play for The Ashes, one of the most famous trophies in all of sport, and they have won the urn on 32 occasions. England have also played 760 ODIs, winning 383.[11] They have appeared in the final of the Cricket World Cup four times, winning once in 2019; they have also finished as runners-up in two ICC Champions Trophies (2004 and 2013). England have played 143 T20Is, winning 75.[12] They won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2010, and were runners-up in 2016.

As of 12 November 2021, England are ranked fourth in Tests, second in ODIs and first in T20Is by the ICC.[1]


The All-England Eleven in 1846

The first recorded incidence of a team with a claim to represent England comes from 9 July 1739 when an "All-England" team, which consisted of 11 gentlemen from any part of England exclusive of Kent, played against "the Unconquerable County" of Kent and lost by a margin of "very few notches".[13] Such matches were repeated on numerous occasions for the best part of a century.

In 1846 William Clarke formed the All-England Eleven. This team eventually competed against a United All-England Eleven with annual matches occurring between 1847 and 1856. These matches were arguably the most important contest of the English season if judged by the quality of the players.

Early toursEdit

The 1859 English team to North America.

The first overseas tour occurred in September 1859 with England touring North America. This team had six players from the All-England Eleven, six from the United All-England Eleven and was captained by George Parr.

With the outbreak of the American Civil War, attention turned elsewhere. English tourists visited Australia in 1861–62 with this first tour organised as a commercial venture by Messrs Spiers and Pond, restaurateurs of Melbourne. Most matches played during tours prior to 1877 were "against odds", with the opposing team fielding more than 11 players to make for a more even contest.[14] This first Australian tour were mostly against odds of at least 18/11.

The first England team to tour southern Australia in 1861–62

The tour was so successful that Parr led a second tour in 1863–64. James Lillywhite led a subsequent England team which sailed on the P&O steamship Poonah on 21 September 1876. They played a combined Australian XI, for once on even terms of 11-a-side. The match, starting on 15 March 1877 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground came to be regarded as the inaugural Test match. The combined Australian XI won this Test match by 45 runs with Charles Bannerman of Australia scoring the first Test century. At the time, the match was promoted as James Lillywhite's XI v Combined Victoria and New South Wales.[14] The teams played a return match on the same ground at Easter, 1877, when Lillywhite's team avenged their loss with a victory by four wickets. The first Test match on English soil occurred in 1880 with England victorious; this was the first time England fielded a fully representative side with W. G. Grace included in the team.[15]


The death notice printed on The Sporting Times newspaper which first named the Ashes.

England lost their first home series 1–0 in 1882, with The Sporting Times printing an obituary on English cricket:

In Affectionate Remembrance

29th AUGUST, 1882,
Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing
friends and acquaintances.
R. I. P.

N.B.—The body will be cremated and the
ashes taken to Australia.[16]

As a result of this loss, the tour of 1882–83 was dubbed by England captain Ivo Bligh as "the quest to regain the ashes". England, with a mixture of amateurs and professionals, won the series 2–1.[17] Bligh was presented with an urn that contained some ashes, which have variously been said to be of a bail, ball or even a woman's veil, and so The Ashes was born. A fourth match was then played which Australia won by four wickets. However, the match was not considered part of the Ashes series.[17][18] England dominated many of these early contests with England winning the Ashes series 10 times between 1884 and 1898.[19] During this period England also played their first Test match against South Africa in 1889 at Port Elizabeth.[20]


England won the 1890 Ashes series 2–0, with the third match of the series being the first Test match to be abandoned. England lost 2–1 in the 1891–92 series, although England regained the urn the following year. England again won the 1894–95 series, winning 3–2 under the leadership of Andrew Stoddart. In 1895–96, England played South Africa, winning all Tests in the series. The 1899 Ashes series was the first tour where the MCC and the counties appointed a selection committee. There were three active players: Grace, Lord Hawke and Warwickshire captain Herbert Bainbridge. Prior to this, England teams for home Tests had been chosen by the club on whose ground the match was to be played. England lost the 1899 Ashes series 1–0, with Grace making his final Test appearance in the first match of the series.


The start of the 20th century saw mixed results for England as they lost four of the eight Ashes series between 1900 and 1914.[21] During this period, England lost their first series against South Africa in the 1905–06 season 4–1 as their batting faltered.[22]

England lost their first series of the new century to Australia in 1901–02 Ashes. Australia also won the 1902 series, which was memorable for exciting cricket, including Gilbert Jessop scoring a Test century in just 70 minutes. England regained the Ashes in 1904 under the captaincy of Pelham Warner. R. E. Foster scored 287 on his debut and Wilfred Rhodes took 15 wickets in a match. In 1905–06, England lost 4–1 against South Africa. England avenged the defeat in 1907, when they won the series 1–0 under the captaincy of Foster. However, they lost the 1909 Ashes series against Australia, suing 25 players in the process. England also lost to South Africa, with Jack Hobbs scoring his first of 15 centuries on the tour.


England toured Australia in 1911–12 and beat their opponents 4–1. The team included the likes of Rhodes, Hobbs, Frank Woolley and Sydney Barnes. England lost the first match of the series but bounced back and won the next four Tests. This proved to be the last Ashes series before the war.

The 1912 season saw England take part in a unique experiment. A nine-Test triangular tournament involving England, South Africa and Australia was set up. The series was hampered by a very wet summer and player disputes however and the tournament was considered a failure with the Daily Telegraph stating:[23]

Nine Tests provide a surfeit of cricket, and contests between Australia and South Africa are not a great attraction to the British public.

With Australia sending a weakened team and the South African bowlers being ineffective England dominated the tournament winning four of their six matches. The match between Australia and South Africa at Lord's was visited by King George V, the first time a reigning monarch had watched Test cricket.[24] England went on one more tour before the outbreak of the First World War, beating South Africa 4–0, with Barnes taking 49 wickets in the series.


England's first match after the war was in the 1920–21 season against Australia. Still feeling the effects of the war England went down to a series of crushing defeats and suffered their first whitewash losing the series 5–0. Six Australians scored hundreds while Mailey spun out 36 English batsmen. Things were no better in the next few Ashes series losing the 1921 Ashes series 3–0 and the 1924–25 Ashes 4–1. England's fortunes were to change in 1926 as they regained the Ashes and were a formidable team during this period dispatching Australia 4–1 in the 1928–29 Ashes tour.

On the same year the West Indies became the fourth nation to be granted Test status and played their first game against England. England won each of these three Tests by an innings, and a view was expressed in the press that their elevation had proved a mistake although Learie Constantine did the double on the tour. In the 1929–30 season England went on two concurrent tours with one team going to New Zealand (who were granted Test status earlier that year) and the other to the West Indies. Despite sending two separate teams England won both tours beating New Zealand 1–0 and the West Indies 2–1.


Bill Woodfull evades a Bodyline ball. Note the number of leg-side fielders.

The 1930 Ashes series saw a young Don Bradman dominate the tour, scoring 974 runs in his seven Test innings. He scored 254 at Lord's, 334 at Headingley and 232 at The Oval. Australia regained the Ashes winning the series 3–1. As a result of Bradman's prolific run-scoring the England captain Douglas Jardine chose to develop the already existing leg theory into fast leg theory, or bodyline, as a tactic to stop Bradman. Fast leg theory involved bowling fast balls directly at the batsman's body. The batsman would need to defend himself, and if he touched the ball with the bat, he risked being caught by one of a large number of fielders placed on the leg side.

English cricket team at the Test match held at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground. England won the match by a record margin of 675 runs.

Using Jardine's fast leg theory, England won the next Ashes series 4–1, but complaints about the Bodyline tactic caused crowd disruption on the tour, and threats of diplomatic action from the Australian Cricket Board, which during the tour sent the following cable to the MCC in London:

Bodyline bowling assumed such proportions as to menace best interests of game, making protection of body by batsmen the main consideration. Causing intensely bitter feeling between players as well as injury. In our opinion is unsportsmanlike. Unless stopped at once likely to upset friendly relations existing between Australia and England.

Later, Jardine was removed from the captaincy and the Laws of Cricket changed so that no more than one fast ball aimed at the body was permitted per over, and having more than two fielders behind square leg was banned.

England's following tour of India in the 1933–34 season was the first Test match to be staged in the subcontinent. The series was also notable for Stan Nichols and Nobby Clark bowling so many bouncers that the Indian batsman wore solar toupées instead of caps to protect themselves.

Australia won the 1934 Ashes series 2–1 and kept the urn for the following 19 years. Many of the wickets of the time were friendly to batsmen resulting in a large proportion of matches ending in high scoring draws and many batting records being set.

England drew the 1938 Ashes, meaning Australia retained the urn. England went into the final match of the series at The Oval 1–0 down, but won the final game by an innings and 579 runs. Len Hutton made the highest ever Test score by an Englishman, making 364 in England first innings to help them reach 903, their highest ever score against Australia.

The 1938–39 tour of South Africa saw another experiment with the deciding Test being a timeless Test that was played to a finish. England lead 1–0 going into the final timeless match at Durban. Despite the final Test being 'timeless', the game ended in a draw after 10 days as England had to catch the train to catch the boat home. A record 1,981 runs were scored, and the concept of timeless Tests was abandoned. England went on one final tour of the West Indies in 1939 before the Second World War, although a team for an MCC tour of India was selected more in hope than expectation of the matches being played.


Test cricket resumed after the war in 1946, and England won their first match back against India. However, they struggled in the 1946–47 Ashes series, losing 3–0 in Australia under Wally Hammond's captaincy. England beat South Africa 3–0 in 1947 with Denis Compton scoring 1,187 runs in the series.

The 1947–48 series against the West Indies was another disappointment for England, with the side losing 2–0 following injuries to several key players. England suffered further humiliation against Bradman's invincible side in the 1948 Ashes series. Hutton was controversially dropped for the third Test, and England were bowled out for just 52 at The Oval. The series proved to be Bradman's final Ashes series.

In 1948–49, England beat South Africa 2–0 under the captaincy of George Mann. The series included a record breaking stand of 359 between Hutton and Cyril Washbrook. The decade ended with England drawing the Test series against New Zealand, with every match ending in a draw.


Their fortunes changed on the 1953 Ashes tour as they won the series 1–0. England did not lose a series between their 1950–51 and 1958–59 tours of Australia and secured famous victory in 1954–55 under the captaincy of Len Hutton, thanks to Frank Tyson whose 6/85 at Sydney and 7/27 at Melbourne are remembered as the fastest bowling ever seen in Australia. The 1956 series was remembered for the bowling of Jim Laker who took 46 wickets at an average of 9.62, including figures of 19/90 at Old Trafford. After drawing to South Africa, England defeated the West Indies and New Zealand comfortably.

The England team then left for Australia in the 1958–59 season with a team that had been hailed as the strongest ever to leave on an Ashes tour but lost the series 4–0 as Richie Benaud's revitalised Australians were too strong, with England struggling with the bat throughout the series.

On 24 August 1959, England inflicted its only 5–0 whitewash over India. All out for 194 at The Oval, India lost the last test by an innings. England's batsman Ken Barrington and Colin Cowdrey both had an excellent series with the bat, with Barrington scoring 357 runs across the series and Cowdrey scoring 344.


The early and middle 1960s were poor periods for English cricket. Despite England's strength on paper, Australia held the Ashes and the West Indies dominated England in the early part of the decade. May stood down as captain in 1961 following the 1961 Ashes defeat.

Ted Dexter succeeded him as captain but England continued to suffer indifferent results. In 1961–62, they beat Pakistan, but also lost to India. The following year saw England and Australia tie the 1962–63 Ashes series 1–1, meaning Australia retained the urn. Despite beating New Zealand 3–0, England went on to lose to the West Indies, and again failed in the 1964 Ashes, losing the home series 1–0, which marked the end of Dexter's captaincy.

However, from 1968 to 1971 they played 27 consecutive Test matches without defeat, winning 9 and drawing 18 (including the abandoned Test at Melbourne in 1970–71). The sequence began when they drew with Australia at Lord's in the Second Test of the 1968 Ashes series and ended in 1971 when India won the Third Test at The Oval by four wickets. They played 13 Tests with only one defeat immediately beforehand and so played a total of 40 consecutive Tests with only one defeat, dating from their innings victory over the West Indies at The Oval in 1966. During this period they beat New Zealand, India, the West Indies, and Pakistan, and under Ray Illingworth's leadership, regained The Ashes from Australia in 1970–71.


The 1970s, for the England team, can be largely split into three parts. Early in the decade, Illingworth's side dominated world cricket, winning the Ashes away in 1971 and then retaining them at home in 1972. The same side beat Pakistan at home in 1971 and played by far the better cricket against India that season. However, England were largely helped by the rain to sneak the Pakistan series 1–0 but the same rain saved India twice and one England collapse saw them lose to India. This was, however, one of (if not the) strongest England team ever with the likes of Illingworth, Geoffrey Boycott, John Edrich, Basil D'Oliveira, Dennis Amiss, Alan Knott, John Snow and Derek Underwood at its core.

The mid-1970s were more turbulent. Illingworth and several others had refused to tour India in 1972–73 which led to a clamour for Illingworth's job by the end of that summer – England had just been beaten 2–0 by a flamboyant West Indies side – with several England players well over 35. Mike Denness was the surprising choice but only lasted 18 months; his results against poor opposition were good, but England were badly exposed as ageing and lacking in good fast bowling against the 1974–75 Australians, losing that series 4–1 to lose the Ashes.

Denness was replaced in 1975 by Tony Greig. While he managed to avoid losing to Australia, his side were largely thrashed the following year by the young and very much upcoming West Indies for whom Greig's infamous "grovel" remark acted as motivation. Greig's finest hour was probably the 1976–77 win over India in India. When Greig was discovered as being instrumental in World Series Cricket, he was sacked, and replaced by Mike Brearley.

Brearley's side showed again the hyperbole that is often spoken when one side dominates in cricket. While his side of 1977–80 contained some young players who went on to become England greats, most notably future captains Ian Botham, David Gower and Graham Gooch, their opponents were often very much weakened by the absence of their World Series players, especially in 1978, when England beat New Zealand 3–0 and Pakistan 2–0 before thrashing what was effectively Australia's 2nd XI 5–1 in 1978–79.


The England team, with Brearley's exit in 1980, was never truly settled throughout the 1980s, which will probably be remembered as a low point for the team. While some of the great players like Botham, Gooch and Gower had fine careers, the team seldom succeeded in beating good opposition throughout the decade and did not score a home Test victory (except against minnows Sri Lanka) between September 1985 and July 1990.

Botham took over the captaincy in 1980 and they put up a good fight against the West Indies, losing a five match Test series 1–0, although England were humbled in the return series. After scoring a pair in the first Test against Australia, Botham lost the captaincy due to his poor form, and was replaced by Brearley. Botham returned to form and played exceptionally in the remainder of the series, being named man of the match in the third, fourth and fifth Tests. The series became known as Botham's Ashes as England recorded a 3–1 victory.

Keith Fletcher took over as captain in 1981, but England lost his first series in charge against India. Bob Willis took over as captain in 1982 and enjoyed victories over India and Pakistan, but lost the Ashes after Australia clinched the series 2–1. England hosted the World Cup in 1983 and reached the semi-finals, but their Test form remained poor, as they suffered defeats against New Zealand, Pakistan and the West Indies.

Gower took over as skipper in 1984 and led the team to a 2–1 victory over India. They went on to win the 1985 Ashes 3–1, although after this came a poor run of form. Defeat to the West Indies dented the team's confidence, and they went on to lose to India 2–0. In 1986, Micky Stewart was appointed the first full-time England coach. England beat New Zealand, but there was little hope of them retaining the Ashes in 1986–87. However, despite being described as a team that 'can't bat, can't bowl and can't field', they went on to win the series 2–1.

After losing consecutive series against Pakistan, England drew a three match Test series against New Zealand 0–0. They reached the final of the 1987 World Cup, but lost by seven runs against Australia. After losing 4–0 to the West Indies, England lost the Ashes to a resurgent Australia led by Allan Border. With the likes of Gooch banned following a rebel tour to South Africa, a new look England side suffered defeat again against the West Indies, although this time by a margin of 2–1.


If the 1980s were a low point for English Test cricket, then the 1990s were only a slight improvement. The arrival of Gooch as captain in 1990 forced a move toward more professionalism and especially fitness though it took some time for old habits to die. Even in 2011, one or two successful county players have been shown up as physically unfit for international cricket. Creditable performances against India and New Zealand in 1990 were followed by a hard-fought draw against the 1991 West Indies and a strong performance in the 1992 Cricket World Cup in which the England team finished as runners-up for the second consecutive World Cup, but landmark losses against Australia in 1990–91 and especially Pakistan in 1992 showed England up badly in terms of bowling. So bad was England's bowling in 1993 that Rod Marsh described England's pace attack at one point as "pie throwers". Having lost three of the first four Tests played in England in 1993, Gooch resigned to be replaced by Michael Atherton.

More selectorial problems abounded during Atherton's reign as new chairman of selectors and coach Ray Illingworth (then into his 60s) assumed almost sole responsibility for the team off the field. The youth policy which had seen England emerge from the West Indies tour of 1993–94 with some credit (though losing to a seasoned Windies team) was abandoned and players such as Gatting and Gooch were persisted with when well into their 30s and 40s. England continued to do well at home against weaker opponents such as India, New Zealand and a West Indies side beginning to fade but struggled badly against improving sides like Pakistan and South Africa. Atherton had offered his resignation after losing the 1997 Ashes series 3–2 having been 1–0 up after two matches – eventually to resign one series later in early 1998. England, looking for talent, went through a whole raft of new players during this period, such as Ronnie Irani, Adam Hollioake, Craig White, Graeme Hick and Mark Ramprakash. At this time, there were two main problems:

  • The lack of a genuine all-rounder to bat at 6, Botham having left a huge gap in the batting order when he retired from Tests in 1992.
  • Alec Stewart, a sound wicket-keeper and an excellent player of quick bowling, could not open and keep wicket, hence his batting down the order, where he was often exposed to spin which he did not play as well.

Stewart took the reins as captain in 1998, but another losing Ashes series and early World Cup exit cost him Test and ODI captaincy in 1999. This should not detract from the 1998 home Test series where England showed great fortitude to beat a powerful South African side 2–1.

Another reason for their poor performances were the demands of County Cricket teams on their players, meaning that England could rarely field a full-strength team on their tours. This eventually led to the ECB taking over from the MCC as the governing body of England and the implementation of central contracts. 1992 also saw Scotland sever ties with the England and Wales team, and begin to compete as the Scotland national team.

By 1999, with coach David Lloyd resigning after the World Cup exit and new captain Nasser Hussain just appointed, England hit rock bottom (literally ranked as the lowest-rated Test nation) after losing 2–1 to New Zealand in shambolic fashion. Hussain was booed on the Oval balcony as the crowd jeered "We've got the worst team in the world" to the tune of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands".


Central contracts were installed – reducing players workloads – and following the arrival of Zimbabwean coach Duncan Fletcher, England thrashed the fallen West Indies 3–1. England's results in Asia improved that winter with series wins against both Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Hussain's side had a far harder edge to it, avoiding the anticipated "Greenwash" in the 2001 Ashes series against the all-powerful Australian team. The nucleus the side was slowly coming together as players such as Hussain himself, Graham Thorpe, Darren Gough and Ashley Giles began to be regularly selected. By 2003 though, having endured another Ashes drubbing as well as another first-round exit from the World Cup, Hussain resigned as captain after one Test against South Africa.

Michael Vaughan took over, with players encouraged to express themselves. England won five consecutive Test series prior to facing Australia in the 2005 Ashes series, taking the team to second place in the ICC Test Championship table. During this period England defeated the West Indies home and away, New Zealand, and Bangladesh at home, and South Africa in South Africa. In June 2005, England played its first ever T20 international match, defeating Australia by 100 runs. Later that year, England defeated Australia 2–1 in a thrilling series to regain the Ashes for the first time in 16 years, having lost them in 1989. Following the 2005 Ashes win, the team suffered from a spate of serious injuries to key players such as Vaughan, Giles, Andrew Flintoff and Simon Jones. As a result, the team underwent an enforced period of transition. A 2–0 defeat in Pakistan was followed by two drawn away series with India and Sri Lanka.

In the home Test series victory against Pakistan in July and August 2006, several promising new players emerged. Most notable were the left-arm orthodox spin bowler Monty Panesar, the first Sikh to play Test cricket for England, and left-handed opening batsman Alastair Cook. The 2006–07 Ashes series was keenly anticipated and was expected to provide a level of competition comparable to the 2005 series. In the event, England, captained by Flintoff who was deputising for the injured Vaughan, lost all five Tests to concede the first Ashes whitewash in 86 years.

In the 2007 Cricket World Cup, England lost to most of the Test playing nations they faced, beating only the West Indies and Bangladesh, although they also avoided defeat by any of the non-Test playing nations. Even so, the unimpressive nature of most of their victories in the tournament, combined with heavy defeats by New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, left many commentators criticising the manner in which the England team approached the one-day game. Coach Duncan Fletcher resigned after eight years in the job as a result and was succeeded by former Sussex coach Peter Moores.

In 2007–08, England toured Sri Lanka and New Zealand, losing the first series 1–0 and winning the second 2–1. These series were followed up at home in May 2008 with a 2–0 home series win against New Zealand, with the results easing pressure on Moores – who was not at ease with his team, particularly star batsman Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen succeeded Vaughan as captain in June 2008, after England had been well beaten by South Africa at home. The poor relationship between the two came to a head on the 2008–09 tour to India. England lost the series 1–0 and both men resigned their positions, although Pietersen remained a member of the England team. Moores was replaced as coach by Zimbabwean Andy Flower. Against this background, England toured the West Indies under the captaincy of Andrew Strauss and, in a disappointing performance, lost the Test series 1–0.

The 2009 Ashes series featured the first Test match played in Wales, at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. England drew the match thanks to a last-wicket stand by bowlers James Anderson and Panesar. A victory for each team followed before the series was decided at The Oval. Thanks to fine bowling by Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann and a debut century by Jonathan Trott, England regained the Ashes.


2019 World cup winning team with prime minister Theresa May

After a drawn Test series in South Africa, England won their first ever ICC world championship, the 2010 World Twenty20, with a seven-wicket win over Australia in Barbados. The following winter in the 2010–11 Ashes, they beat Australia 3–1 to retain the urn and record their first series win in Australia for 24 years. Furthermore, all three of their wins were by an innings – the first time a touring side had ever recorded three innings victories in a single Test series. Cook earned Man of the Series with 766 runs.

England struggled to match their Test form in the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Despite beating South Africa and tying with eventual winners India, England suffered shock losses to Ireland and Bangladesh before losing in the quarter-finals to Sri Lanka.[25] However the team's excellent form in the Test match arena continued and on 13 August 2011, they became the world's top-ranked Test team after comfortably whitewashing India 4–0, their sixth consecutive series victory and eighth in the past nine series. However, this status only lasted a year – having lost 3–0 to Pakistan over the winter, England were beaten 2–0 by South Africa, who replaced them at the top of the rankings. It was their first home series loss since 2008, against the same opposition.

This loss saw the resignation of Strauss as captain (and his retirement from cricket). Cook, who was already in charge of the ODI side, replaced Strauss and led England to a 2–1 victory in India – their first in the country since 1984–85. In doing so, he became the first captain to score centuries in his first five Tests as captain and became England's leading century-maker with 23 centuries to his name.

The England team celebrate victory over Australia in the 2015 Ashes series

After finishing as runners-up in the ICC Champions Trophy, England faced Australia in back-to-back Ashes series. A 3–0 home win secured England the urn for the fourth time in five series. However, in the return series, they found themselves utterly demolished in a 5–0 defeat, their second Ashes whitewash in under a decade. Their misery was compounded by batsman Jonathan Trott leaving the tour early due to a stress-related illness and the mid-series retirement of spinner Graeme Swann. Following the tour, head coach Flower resigned his post while Pietersen was dropped indefinitely from the England team.[26] Flower was replaced by his predecessor, Moores, but he was sacked for a second time after a string of disappointing results including failing to advance from the group stage at the 2015 World Cup.[27] He was replaced by Australian Trevor Bayliss[28] who oversaw an upturn of form in the ODI side, including series victories against New Zealand and Pakistan. In the Test arena, England reclaimed the Ashes 3–2 in the summer of 2015.

England entered the 2019 Cricket World Cup as favourites, having been ranked the number one ODI side by the ICC for over a year prior to the tournament.[29] However, shock defeats to Pakistan and Sri Lanka during the group stage left them on the brink of elimination and needing to win their final two games against India and New Zealand to guarantee progression to the semi-finals.[30] This was achieved, putting their campaign back on track, and an eight-wicket victory over Australia in the semi-final at Edgbaston meant England were in their first World Cup final since 1992.[31] The final against New Zealand at Lord's has been described as one of the greatest and most dramatic matches in the history of cricket, with some calling it the "greatest ODI in history",[32] as both the match and subsequent Super Over were tied, after England went into the final over of their innings 14 runs behind New Zealand's total. England won by virtue of having scored more boundaries throughout the match, securing their maiden World Cup title in their fourth final appearance.[33][34]

Recent resultsEdit

Test One Day International Twenty20 International Test One Day International Twenty20 International
Last match won 3rd Test v India 2021 3rd ODI v Pakistan 2021 3rd T20I v Sri Lanka 2021 1st Test v India 2021 2nd ODI v India 2021 Group 1 v Sri Lanka 2021
Last match lost 4th Test v India 2021 3rd ODI v Australia 2020 3rd T20I v Australia 2020 4th Test v India 2021 3rd ODI v India 2021 Group 1 v South Africa 2021
Last series won Pakistan 2020 Pakistan 2021 Sri Lanka 2021 Sri Lanka 2020–21 Sri Lanka 2018–19 South Africa 2020–21
Last series lost New Zealand 2021 [a] Australia 2020 India 2018 India 2020–21 India 2020–21 India 2020–21
Source: ESPNcricinfo.com. Last updated: 6 September 2021. Source: ESPNcricinfo.com. Last updated: 9 July 2021. Source: ESPNcricinfo.com. Last updated: 9 July 2021. Source: ESPNcricinfo.com. Last updated: 22 March 2021. Source: ESPNcricinfo.com. Last updated: 1 April 2021. Source: ESPNcricinfo.com. Last updated: 8 November 2021.
  1. ^ The result of the series against India in 2021 is undecided: India left the tour whilst leading 2–1, with the final Test rearranged for 2022.

Forthcoming fixturesEdit

As set out by the ICC's Future Tours Programme, below is England's full international fixture list until the end of the 2021–22 international season.[35]

Winter 2021–22

Summer 2022

Governing bodyEdit

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is the governing body of English cricket and the England cricket team. The Board has been operating since 1 January 1997 and represents England on the International Cricket Council. The ECB is also responsible for the generation of income from the sale of tickets, sponsorship and broadcasting rights, primarily in relation to the England team. The ECB's income in the 2006 calendar year was £77 million.[36]

Prior to 1997, the Test and County Cricket Board (TCCB) was the governing body for the English team. Apart from in Test matches, when touring abroad, the England team officially played as MCC up to and including the 1976–77 tour of Australia, reflecting the time when MCC had been responsible for selecting the touring party. The last time the England touring team wore the bacon-and-egg colours of the MCC was on the 1996–97 tour of New Zealand.

Status of WalesEdit

Historically, the England team represented the whole of Great Britain in international cricket, with Scottish or Welsh national teams playing sporadically and players from both countries occasionally representing England. Scotland became an independent member of the ICC in 1994, having severed links with the TCCB two years earlier.

Criticism has been made of the England and Wales Cricket Board using only the England name while utilising Welsh players[37][38][better source needed] such as Simon and Geraint Jones. With Welsh players pursuing international careers exclusively with an England team, there have been a number of calls for Wales to become an independent member of the ICC, or for the ECB to provide more fixtures for a Welsh national team.[39] However, both Cricket Wales and Glamorgan County Cricket Club have continually supported the ECB, with Glamorgan arguing for the financial benefits of the Welsh county within the English structure, and Cricket Wales stating they are "committed to continuing to play a major role within the ECB"[40][41][42]

The absence of a Welsh cricket team has seen a number of debates within the Welsh Senedd. In 2013 a debate saw both Conservative and Labour members lend their support to the establishment of an independent Welsh team.[43]

In 2015, a report produced by the Welsh National Assembly's petitions committee, reflected the passionate debate around the issue. Bethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru's spokesperson on heritage, culture, sport and broadcasting, and a member of the petitions committee, argued that Wales should have its own international team and withdraw from the ECB. Jenkins noted that Ireland (with a population of 6.4 million) was an ICC member with 6,000 club players whereas Wales (with 3 million) had 7,500. Jenkins said: "Cricket Wales and Glamorgan CCC say the idea of a Welsh national cricket team is 'an emotive subject', of course having a national team is emotive, you only have to look at the stands during any national game to see that. To suggest this as anything other than natural is a bit of a misleading argument."[44][45][46][47][48][49]

In 2017, the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones called for the reintroduction of the Welsh one-day team stating: "[It] is odd that we see Ireland and Scotland playing in international tournaments and not Wales."[50][51]

Team coloursEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1994–1996 Tetley Bitter
1996–1998 ASICS
1998–2000 Vodafone
2000–2008 Admiral
2008–2010 Adidas
2010–2014 Brit Insurance
2014–2017 Waitrose
2017–2021 New Balance NatWest
2021– Cinch

On February 2021, England and Wales Cricket Board announced that England's Principal partner NatWest has been replaced by Cinch, an online used car marketplace.[52] England's kit is manufactured by New Balance, who replaced previous manufacturer Adidas in April 2017.[53]

When playing Test cricket, England's cricket whites feature the three lions badge on the left of the shirt and the name of the sponsor Cinch on the centre. English fielders may wear a navy blue cap or white sun hat with the ECB logo in the middle. Helmets are also coloured navy blue. Before 1997 the uniform sported the TCCB lion and stumps logo on the uniforms, while the helmets, jumpers and hats had the three lions emblem.[54]

In limited overs cricket, England's ODI and Twenty20 shirts feature the Cinch logo across the centre, with the three lions badge on the left of the shirt and the New Balance logo on the right. In ODIs, the kit comprises a blue shirt with navy trousers, whilst the Twenty20 kit comprises a flame red shirt and navy trousers. In ICC limited-overs tournaments, a modified kit design is used with sponsor's logo moving to the sleeve and 'ENGLAND' printed across the front.

Over the years, England's ODI kit has cycled between various shades of blue (such as a pale blue used until the mid-1990s, when it was replaced in favour of a bright blue)[55][56] with the occasional all-red kit.[57]

In April 2017, ECB brought back traditional cable-knit sweater for test matches under new supplier New Balance.[58]

International groundsEdit

Locations of current international cricket grounds in England and Wales

Listed chronologically in order of first match and include neutral fixtures such as World Cup and Champions Trophy games

Venue City County team Capacity Years used Test ODI T20I
Current venues
The Oval London Surrey 26,000 1880– 102 74 16
Old Trafford Manchester Lancashire 26,000 1884– 82 55 10
Lord's London Middlesex 28,000 1884– 140 67 10
Trent Bridge Nottingham Nottinghamshire 17,500 1899– 63 49 12
Headingley Leeds Yorkshire 17,500 1899– 78 45 1
Edgbaston Birmingham Warwickshire 25,000 1902– 53 64 5
Riverside Ground Chester-le-Street Durham 19,000 1999– 6 20 3
Sophia Gardens Cardiff Glamorgan 15,500 1999– 3 29 8
Rose Bowl Southampton Hampshire 25,000 2003– 7 31 9
County Ground Taunton Somerset 12,500 1983– 6 1
County Ground Bristol Gloucestershire 17,500 1983– 19 3
Former venues
Bramall Lane Sheffield Yorkshire 32,000 1902 1
St. Helen's Swansea Glamorgan 4,500 1973–1983 2
North Marine Road Ground Scarborough Yorkshire 11,500 1976–1978 2
Grace Road Leicester Leicestershire 12,000 1983–1999 3
New Road Worcester Worcestershire 5,500 1983–1999 3
County Ground Southampton Hampshire 7,000 1983–1999 3
County Ground Derby Derbyshire 9,500 1983–1999 2
Nevill Ground Tunbridge Wells Kent 6,000 1983 1
County Ground Chelmsford Essex 6,500 1983–1999 3
St Lawrence Ground Canterbury Kent 15,000 1999–2005 4
County Ground Northampton Northamptonshire 6,500 1999 2
As of 18 July 2021[59]

Tournament historyEdit

Third place
Fourth place

  Indicates tournaments played within England

ICC World Test ChampionshipEdit

ICC World Test Championship record
Year League stage Final Host Final Final Position
Pos Series Matches PC PCT RpW Ratio Ded Pts
2019-21[60] 4/9 6 4 1 1 21 11 7 3 0 720 61.4% 1.120 0 442 Rose Bowl, England DNQ 4th

Cricket World CupEdit

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR Win %
  1975 Semi-final 3/8 4 3 1 0 0 75.00
  1979 Runners-up 2/8 5 4 1 0 0 80.00
  1983 Semi-final 3/8 7 5 2 0 0 71.43
    1987 Runners-up 2/8 8 5 3 0 0 62.50
    1992 2/9 10 6 3 0 1 66.67
      1996 Quarter-final 8/12 6 2 4 0 0 33.33
    1999 Pool stage 5 3 2 0 0 60.00
      2003 Pool stage 9/14 6 3 3 0 0 50.00
  2007 Super 8 5/16 9 5 4 0 0 55.55
      2011 Quarter-final 7/14 7 3 3 1 0 50.00
    2015 Pool stage 10/14 6 2 4 0 0 33.33
    2019 Champions 1/10 11 8 3 0 0 68.18
  2023 Qualified
Total 1 title 12/12 84 49 33 1 1 58.33
*The win percentage excludes no results and counts ties as half a win.

ICC T20 World CupEdit

T20 World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR Win %
  2007 Super 8 7/12 5 1 4 0 0 20.00
  2009 6/12 5 2 3 0 0 40.00
  2010 Champions 1/12 7 5 1 0 1 83.33
  2012 Super 8 6/12 5 2 3 0 0 40.00
  2014 Super 10 7/16 4 1 3 0 0 25.00
  2016 Runners-up 2/16 6 4 2 0 0 66.67
    2021 Semi-final 4/16 6 4 2 0 0 66.67
  2022 Qualified
Total 1 title 7/7 38 19 18 0 1 50.00
*The win percentage excludes no results and counts ties as half a win.

ICC Champions TrophyEdit

Champions Trophy record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR Win %
  1998 Quarter-final 5/9 1 0 1 0 0 0.00
  2000 7/11 1 0 1 0 0 0.00
  2002 Pool stage 6/12 2 1 1 0 0 50.00
  2004 Runners-up 2/12 4 3 1 0 0 75.00
  2006 Pool stage 7/10 3 1 2 0 0 33.33
  2009 Semi-final 4/8 4 2 2 0 0 50.00
  2013 Runners-up 2/8 5 3 2 0 0 60.00
  2017 Semi-final 3/8 4 3 1 0 0 75.00
Total 0 titles 8/8 24 13 11 0 0 54.17
*The win percentage excludes no results and counts ties as half a win.



Test matchesEdit

Test team recordsEdit

  • Highest team total: 903–7 dec. v. Australia at The Oval in 1938
  • Lowest team total: 45 v. Australia at Sydney in 1886/87
  • England are the only team in the history of Test cricket to have secured 100 victories by an innings

Test individual recordsEdit

Test batting recordsEdit

Test bowling recordsEdit

  • Most wickets: 632 – James Anderson
  • Best average: 10.75 – George Lohmann
  • Best innings bowling: 10/53 – Jim Laker v. Australia at Old Trafford in 1956
  • Best match bowling: 19/90 – Jim Laker v. Australia at Old Trafford in 1956
  • Best strike rate: 34.1 – George Lohmann
  • Best economy rate: 1.31 – William Attewell
  • Five England bowlers have taken four wickets in an over, three of these at Headingley. They were Maurice Allom v. New Zealand at Christchurch in 1929–30, Kenneth Cranston v. South Africa at Headingley in 1947, Fred Titmus v. New Zealand at Headingley in 1965, Chris Old v. Pakistan at Edgbaston in 1978 and Andy Caddick v. West Indies at Headingley in 2000

Test fielding recordsEdit

Test record versus other nationsEdit

Opponent M W L T D % Win First win
  Australia 351 110 146 0 95 31.33 4 April 1877
  South Africa 153 64 34 0 55 41.83 13 March 1889
  West Indies 160 51 58 0 51 31.87 26 June 1928
  New Zealand 107 48 12 0 46 44.85 13 January 1930
  India 130 49 31 0 50 37.69 28 June 1932
  Pakistan 86 26 21 0 39 30.23 5 July 1954
  Sri Lanka 36 17 8 0 11 47.22 21 February 1982
  Zimbabwe 6 3 0 0 3 50.00 21 May 2000
  Ireland 1 1 0 0 0 100.00 26 July 2019
  Bangladesh 10 9 1 0 0 90.00 25 October 2003
Records complete to Test #2433. Last updated: 6 September 2021.[65]

One Day InternationalsEdit

ODI team recordsEdit

ODI individual recordsEdit

  • Most matches: 223 – Eoin Morgan
  • Longest-serving captain: 124 matches – Eoin Morgan[66]

ODI batting recordsEdit

ODI bowling recordsEdit

ODI fielding recordsEdit

  • Most catches by an outfielder: 108 – Paul Collingwood
  • Most dismissals as wicketkeeper: 213 – Jos Buttler
  • Most dismissals in a match: 6 – Alec Stewart v. Zimbabwe at Old Trafford in 2000; Matt Prior v. South Africa at Trent Bridge in 2008; Jos Buttler v. South Africa at The Oval in 2013

ODI record versus other nationsEdit

Opponent M W L T NR % Win First win
v. Test nations
  Afghanistan 2 2 0 0 0 100.00 13 March 2015
  Australia 152 63 84 2 3 42.95 24 August 1972
  Bangladesh 21 17 4 0 0 80.95 5 October 2000
  India 103 43 55 2 3 44 13 July 1974
  Ireland 13 10 2 0 1 83.33 13 June 2006
  New Zealand 91 41 43 3 4 48.83 18 July 1973
  Pakistan 91 56 32 0 3 63.63 23 December 1977
  South Africa 63 28 30 1 4 48.30 12 March 1992
  Sri Lanka 76 37 36 1 2 50.67 13 February 1982
  West Indies 102 52 44 0 6 54.16 5 September 1973
  Zimbabwe 30 21 8 0 1 72.41 7 January 1995
v. Associate Members
  Canada 2 2 0 0 0 100.00 13 June 1979
  East Africa 1 1 0 0 0 100.00 14 June 1975
  Kenya 2 2 0 0 0 100.00 18 May 1999
  Namibia 1 1 0 0 0 100.00 19 February 2003
  Netherlands 3 3 0 0 0 100.00 22 February 1996
  Scotland 5 3 1 0 1 75.00 19 June 2010
  United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 0 100.00 18 February 1996
Records complete to ODI #4303. Last updated 13 July 2021. Win percentages exclude no-results and count ties as half a win.[67]

T20 InternationalsEdit

Where applicable, a minimum of 10 innings batted or 100 balls bowled applies. Figures include games up to 10 November 2021.

T20I team recordsEdit

T20I individual recordsEdit

  • Most matches: 113 – Eoin Morgan
  • Longest-serving captain: 70 matches – Eoin Morgan

T20I batting recordsEdit

T20I bowling recordsEdit

T20I fielding recordsEdit

  • Most catches by an outfielder: 46 – Eoin Morgan
  • Most dismissals as wicket-keeper: 47 – Jos Buttler
  • Most dismissals in an innings: 4 – Matt Prior v. South Africa at Cape Town in 2007

T20I record versus other nationsEdit

Opponent M W L T+W T+L NR % Win First win
v. Test nations
  Afghanistan 2 2 0 0 0 0 100.00 21 September 2012
  Australia 20 9 10 0 0 1 47.37 13 June 2005
  Bangladesh 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 27 October 2021
  India 19 9 10 0 0 0 47.36 14 June 2009
  Ireland 1 0 0 0 0 1
  New Zealand 22 12 8 1 0 1 59.52 5 February 2008
  Pakistan 21 13 6 1 0 1 67.50 7 June 2009
  South Africa 22 11 10 0 0 1 52.38 13 November 2009
  Sri Lanka 13 9 4 0 0 0 69.23 13 May 2010
  West Indies 19 8 11 0 0 0 42.11 29 June 2007
  Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 0 0 100.00 13 September 2007
v. Associate Members
  Netherlands 2 0 2 0 0 0 0.00
Records complete to T20I #1415, 10 November 2021. T+W and T+L indicate matches tied and then won or lost in a tiebreaker (such as a Super Over). Win percentages exclude no-results and count ties (irrespective of tiebreakers) as half a win.[68]

Most England appearancesEdit

These lists show the five players (or those tied for fifth) with the most appearances for England in each form of the game. The lists are correct up to matches starting on 10 November 2021.

  • = players who are available for selection and have represented England in the format during the past 12 months.
Most Test caps
166 James Anderson
161 Alastair Cook
149 Stuart Broad
133 Alec Stewart
118 Ian Bell
Graham Gooch
Most ODI caps
223 Eoin Morgan
197 Paul Collingwood
194 James Anderson
170 Alec Stewart
161 Ian Bell
Most T20I caps
113 Eoin Morgan
88 Jos Buttler
71 Chris Jordan
68 Adil Rashid
63 Jonny Bairstow


This lists all the active players who have played for England in the past year (since 1 November 2020) and the forms in which they have played, and any players (in italics) outside this criteria who have been selected in the team's most recent squad or have some form of central contract. Moeen Ali has played in all formats of the game over the past one year but has since announced his retirement from Test cricket.

The ECB offers a number of central contracts in September each year to England players whom the selectors think will form the core of the team.[69] Other players who play enough games during the year can gain Incremental contracts, and there are also Pace bowling development contracts for promising fast bowlers.[69]


  • S/N[70] = Shirt number
  • C/T[71] = Contract type (Central / Incremental / Pace )
Name Age Batting style Bowling style Domestic team C/T Forms S/N Captaincy Last Test Last ODI Last T20I
Rory Burns 31 Left-handed Right-arm medium Surrey C Test 27   2021
Zak Crawley 23 Right-handed Right-arm off break Kent C Test, ODI 56   2021   2021
Ben Duckett 27 Left-handed Right-arm off break Nottinghamshire ODI 45   2016   2016   2019
Haseeb Hameed 24 Right-handed Right-arm leg spin Nottinghamshire Test 97   2021
Dan Lawrence 24 Right-handed Right-arm off break Essex Test, ODI 68   2021
Dawid Malan 34 Left-handed Right-arm leg spin Yorkshire C Test, ODI, T20I 29   2021   2021   2021
Eoin Morgan 35 Left-handed Right-arm medium Middlesex C ODI, T20I 16 ODI and T20I (C)   2012   2021   2021
Ollie Pope 23 Right-handed Surrey C Test 80   2021
Joe Root 30 Right-handed Right-arm off break/leg spin Yorkshire C Test, ODI 66 Test (C)   2021   2021   2019
Jason Roy 31 Right-handed Right-arm medium Surrey C ODI, T20I 20   2019   2021   2021
Phil Salt 25 Right-handed Right-arm medium Sussex ODI 61   2021
Dom Sibley 26 Right-handed Right-arm off break Warwickshire Test 52   2021
James Vince 30 Right-handed Right-arm medium Hampshire ODI, T20I 14   2018   2021   2019
Moeen Ali 34 Left-handed Right-arm off break Worcestershire C ODI, T20I 18   2021   2021   2021
Liam Livingstone 28 Right-handed Right-arm leg spin/off break Lancashire I ODI, T20I 23   2021   2021
Sam Curran 23 Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast Surrey C Test, ODI, T20I 58   2021   2021   2021
Lewis Gregory 29 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Somerset ODI, T20I 31   2021   2021
Will Jacks 23 Right-handed Right-arm off break Surrey ODI 85
Ben Stokes 30 Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium Durham C Test, ODI, T20I 55   2021   2021   2021
David Willey 31 Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium Yorkshire ODI, T20I 15   2021   2021
Chris Woakes 32 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Warwickshire C Test, ODI, T20I 19   2021   2021   2021
Jonny Bairstow 32 Right-handed Yorkshire C Test, ODI, T20I 51   2021   2021   2021
Sam Billings 30 Right-handed Kent ODI, T20I 7   2021   2021
James Bracey 24 Left-handed Right-arm medium Gloucestershire Test 90   2021
Jos Buttler 31 Right-handed Lancashire C Test, ODI, T20I 63 Test, ODI and T20I (VC)   2021   2021   2021
Ben Foakes 28 Right-handed Surrey Test 50   2021   2019   2019
John Simpson 33 Left-handed Middlesex ODI 36   2021
Pace bowlers
James Anderson 39 Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium Lancashire C Test 9   2021   2015   2009
Jofra Archer 26 Right-handed Right-arm fast Sussex C Test, T20I 22   2021   2020   2021
Jake Ball 30 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Nottinghamshire ODI 28   2017   2018   2018
Stuart Broad 35 Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium Nottinghamshire C Test 8   2021   2016   2014
Brydon Carse 26 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Durham ODI 92   2021
Tom Curran 26 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Surrey I ODI, T20I 59   2018   2021   2021
Tom Helm 27 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Middlesex ODI 46
Chris Jordan 33 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Sussex I T20I 34   2015   2020   2021
Saqib Mahmood 24 Right-handed Right-arm fast Lancashire P ODI, T20I 25   2021   2021
Tymal Mills 29 Right-handed Left-arm fast Sussex T20I 72   2021
Craig Overton 27 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Somerset P Test, ODI 32   2021   2021
David Payne 30 Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium Gloucestershire ODI 88
Ollie Robinson 28 Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Sussex C Test 57   2021
Olly Stone 28 Right-handed Right-arm fast Warwickshire P Test 26   2021   2018
Reece Topley 27 Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium Surrey ODI, T20I 38   2021   2016
Mark Wood 31 Right-handed Right-arm fast Durham C Test, ODI, T20I 33   2021   2021   2021
Spin bowlers
Dom Bess 24 Right-handed Right-arm off break Yorkshire I Test 47   2021
Danny Briggs 30 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Warwickshire ODI 54   2012   2014
Jack Leach 30 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Somerset C Test 77   2021
Matt Parkinson 25 Right-handed Right-arm leg spin Lancashire ODI, T20I 70   2021   2021
Adil Rashid 33 Right-handed Right-arm leg spin Yorkshire C ODI, T20I 95   2019   2021   2021

Coaching staffEdit

England Men's Cricketer of the YearEdit

At the start of each season the ECB presents the England Men's Cricketer of the Year award to "recognise outstanding performances in all formats of international cricket over the past year",[72] voted on by members of the cricket media.[73]

The previous winners of this award are:

Eligibility of playersEdit

The England cricket team represents England and Wales. However, under ICC regulations,[81] players can qualify to play for a country by nationality, place of birth or residence, so (as with any national sports team) some people are eligible to play for more than one team. ECB regulations[82] state that to play for England, a player must be a British citizen, and have either been born in England or Wales, or have lived in England or Wales for three years. This has led to players who also held other nationalities becoming eligible to play for England. The qualification period for those born outside England and Wales has varied in the past, but in November 2018 the ECB announced that the period would be reduced to three years in all circumstances, in line with ICC regulations.[83]

Of the current squad (see above), Jason Roy was born to British parents in South Africa so had to fulfil residency requirements. In addition, Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes and Tom Curran have British citizenship, having lived in England since their youth, while Eoin Morgan also holds Irish citizenship. Curran's younger brother, Sam, was born in the UK, so did not have to undergo a qualification period. Jofra Archer, though born in Barbados to a Barbadian mother, qualifies through his English father.

ICC regulations also allow cricketers who represent associate (i.e. non-Test-playing) nations to switch to a Test-playing nation, provided nationality requirements are fulfilled. In recent years, this has seen Irish internationals Ed Joyce, Boyd Rankin and Eoin Morgan switch to represent England, whilst Gavin Hamilton previously played for Scotland – though Joyce, Rankin and Hamilton were later able to re-qualify for and represent the countries of their birth.

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