DUBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today gave congratulations to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as the cricket team to play their 1000th Test match, which begins at Edgbaston in Birmingham against India on Wednesday.
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 and lost 297 with 345 ending in draws, according to an ICC statement.
At 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.
Congratulating the English side, 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.”
To commemorate the occasion, former New Zealand captain and match referee Jeff Crowe, on behalf of the ICC, will present a silver plaque to ECB Chairman Colin Graves before the start of the Test.