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England National Cricket Team: A Nation United in Spirit

England National Cricket Team history is filled with iconic moments that showcase their talent, resilience, and unwavering team spirit, inspired cricket fans worldwide.

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History of England National Cricket Team

The England national cricket team was represented England in international cricket. The team once has been governed by Marylebone Cricket Hub (MCC) since 1903 until 1997, the governed change to England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Before 2000s

England, the nation that people believed is where the Cricket was born, are obviously having a longest history about the game. They said there is a most widely accepted theory is Cricket is about cricket was first played in south and south-east London, and the proof of first cricket in the world is in the regarding usage of a parcel of land that was said about a boy playing cricket in 1550.

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The first England cricket team was recorded is from 9 July 1739 when and “All-England” team which have all 11 player from all over England except Kent, played against “The Unconquerable County“of Kent and was lost. Until 1846, the “All England Eleven” was formed by William Clarke and played the “seem like” most important matches judged by quality of players against “United All-England Eleven“.

The first Tour of England cricket team are touring to North America, the team had given that have 6 from each All-England Eleven and United All-England Eleven and was captained by George Parr. The first Test of England national cricket team is start in 1877 faced with Australia and the winner was them. England was lost their first home series in 1882, the lost was shocked the English Cricket enthusiasts, which even The Sporting Time, a weekly British news paper was printed and obituary for the England Cricket.

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Obituary of the England Cricket – The Sporting Time

The result of this loss, the quest “regain the ashes” was completed in the next series of 1882-83, English led by Ivo Bligh have won and the team was presented with an urn which contain some unknown ashes, that’s the born of The Ashes. In the same decade, England national cricket team played their first Test against South Africa in 1889 at Port Elizabeth.

After a while, in 1912 was saw an unique experience. A nine-Test Triangular tournaments was set up including England national cricket team, Australia and South Africa. The tournament was witness the first time a reigning monarch had watched Test Cricket, which King George V was visited the match between AUS vs SA at Lord’s. The game was stopped later by First World War and continuous in 1920-1921 season.

In 1933-34 series, England played their first Test matches against India, this match also mark the first Test match to be staged in the subcontinent. England played there last Test against West Indie in 1939 before 2nd World War and the game started again in 1946.

After the Second World War, England National cricket team was faced many struggles, unstable form. This is one reason to ECB taking over from MCC in 1997. The worst are in 1999, when the England cricket team was reach the bottom rank. Nasser Hussain, who captain the English cricket team was booed “We’ve got the worst team in the world” in the tune of “He’s got the whole world in his hands”(A song)

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2000 – 2010

Hussain was resigned after one test against SA in 2003 and Michael Vaughan took over and save England national cricket team from the bottom to get back their form. In the home Test series victory against Pakistan in 2006 was mark the first Sikh, Monty Panesar to play Test for English cricket team. The decade was not quite good for England when they consecutively lost many matches and series. The 2009 Ashes series are the last victory for England in the 2000’s decade.

2010- present

England national cricket team start the decade with a bright victory when they won their first ever ICC event, the 2010 World Twenty20, and gain another victories in all remaining matches of 2010. Beside Alastair Cook, the 2010 decade was witnessed the new talent such as Joe Root and Ben Stokes. But despite of that, the Journey of the team was unstable.

The 2019 World Cup are the highlight in England cricket team’s journey. The final between England and New Zealand was described as the “Greatest ODI in history” because of it’s dramatic when the match and subsequent Super Over was tied. At the end, England was won the match and claim their maiden World Cup Title in their 4th final appearance.

England national cricket team achieved the first time won 3 Tests on a tour to South Africa since 1913-14. Because of COVID-19 pandemic, there was a lot struggles made England missed many tournaments. After the loss in the semi finals of 2021 ICC T20 World Cup, England was deals with their down form in the following Ashes and the West Indies Tour.

2022 was witness some change of both Test and white-ball cricket, England was also have some adjust in their management and coaches, helped them won the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup also became the first team to hold both the 50-over and 20-over trophies concurrently. Unfortunately, they was loss the following year world cup, and draw the 2023 Ashes series.

Achievements of England National Cricket Team

There are some Achievements that the England man’s cricket team achieved:

  • The only team in the Test cricket history to secured 100 victories by an innings.
  • Claimed the Gold Medal in Summer Olympics 1900.
  • 1 time won the Cricket World Cup (2019) and 3 time ended as Runner-up (1979, 1987, 1992).
  • Won the T20 World Cup 2 times (2010, 2022) and Runners-up once (2016).
  • Ended up as Runners-Up 2 time in 2004 and 2013 Champion Trophy.

Challenges Face by England Men’s Cricket team

Beside their victories, England man’s national cricket team was faced many challenges.

  • The pressure of cricket legacy: England are where the cricket begin, that make the history of England Cricket is richer than any another country. Hence, the English players have to deals with a lot expectation of their national enthusiasts.
  • Unstable form: Across the history, England national cricket team was deal with many loss in even a decades.
  • Adapted to different condition: Cricket is more and more develop with many another condition. That’s forced English to adapted with it, where was likely play the most Test condition.

Notable English cricketers

Jack Hobbs (1908-1930)

Jack Hobbs is one of the greatest English batsmen of all time. In his entire career, the Surrey legend scored total of 61,670 first-class runs and 199 centuries. Contributed a lot for English cricket legacy. He also become the oldest captain of England national cricket team, which is 46 years old.

Sir Alastair Cook (2006-2018)

Alastair Cook is one of England’s greatest-ever cricket players with an insane number of records he has claimed. The most Tests at 161, The most centuries of 33 and most run with an incredible 12,472. He retired from cricket in 2018.

Sir Leonard ‘Len’ Hutton (1937-1955)

Sir Leonard Hutton was a legendary cricketers with a massive 6,971 runs in just 79 Test matches. The numbers could be so insane if there was no Second World War. Unfortunately, he must stop his cricket career because of it and the number must stopped.

Joe Root (2012-present)

The Yorkshire cricketer was excellence in all 3 format of the game. Proof is he is the first cricket players that have scoring a century in all 3 format ODIs, T20s and Test. So far, he was reach the massive 10,948 runs and it still increase.

Ben Stoke (2013-present)

Like Joe, Ben Stoke is still playing for England national cricket team. He are the only English cricketer who have won the Player of the Year 2 consecutively series: 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. He was contribute to led England cricket team to won their maiden cricket world cup in 2019. He is the best All-Rounder player with 5712 runs and 194 wickets so far.

England Cricket Fans’ Support

As was said in above, England are where the cricket was born, which has created the passion and the fire of England cricket enthusiasts. They’re passionate, enthusiastic and crazy about the game. Every cricket matches featuring England men’s cricket team are at its best when the crowd are in the endlessly cheering, the grand celebrations whenever players score a four or six and wicket. The cricket fan’s enthusiastic have always been a source of motivation for the England national cricket team to move forward.

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