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England becomes the first team to win 100 Test matches by an innings

One of the important milestones for English cricket was that the team became the first to win 100 Test matches by a margin of an innings.

England’s Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad celebrate winning the 4th Ashes Test match

The Nottingham Test which saw England completely outplaying Australia in all ways had ended as a match with few important landmarks for the team and players. Stuart Broad completed 300 wickets and also got his best figures of his Test career, Alastair Cook won his 50th game as England player and more.

One of the important milestones for English cricket was that the team became the first to win 100 Test matches by a margin of an innings.

England defeated Australia by an innings and 78 runs in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham to take an unbeatable lead of 3-1 in the Ashes 2015 and regain the Ashes. The victory by an innings was England’s 100th such victory in their Test cricket history and they are the first to reach this landmark. Australia is next behind with 85 innings wins.

Most Test wins by an innings

Team

Won by an inn

Matches

Total wins

Win by an inn %

England

100

961

344

29.07

Australia

85

779

365

23.29

South Africa

42

392

144

29.17

West Indies

40

508

164

24.39

India

34

488

122

27.87

Pakistan

29

392

124

23.39

New Zealand

21

401

81

25.93

Sri Lanka

20

238

72

27.78

Zimbabwe

2

97

11

18.18

Bangladesh

0

93

7

0.00

  • England has won 344 Test matches, out of which 100 are won by an innings – 29.07% of the total wins. South Africa is the only team ahead with 29.17 % of wins being by an innings.
  • Australia has the lowest % of wins by an inning among the top eight teams (except Zimbabwe and Bangladesh) of 23.29 %. Out of their 365 Test wins, only 85 have been by an innings.
  • Bangladesh has not won any match by an innings.
  • Zimbabwe’s two wins by an innings were against Pakistan at Harare in 1995 and against Bangladesh in 2001.

On the occasion, let’s also see the number of losses by an innings for each team and see which team has lost the most. England tops here as well!

Most Test losses by an innings

Team

Lost by an inn

Matches

Total losses

Lost by an inn %

England

55

961

278

19.78

New Zealand

47

401

161

29.19

India

43

488

156

27.56

Australia

42

779

208

20.19

West Indies

37

508

173

21.39

Bangladesh

36

93

71

50.70

South Africa

33

392

129

25.58

Sri Lanka

30

238

86

34.88

Pakistan

28

392

111

25.23

Zimbabwe

22

97

60

36.67

  • England has lost most Tests by an innings as well, but their percentage of losses by an innings is the lowest among all. They lost 278 matches out of which just 55 were by an innings which is 19.78 %.
  • More than 50% of Bangladesh’s Test defeats have been by a margin of an innings. Zimbabwe (36.67) and Sri Lanka (34.88) are the other teams with percentage of losses by an innings more than 30.

Under Alastair Cook, it was the third victory by an innings for England. Let’s see which captains have the most number of victories by an innings under their name for their respective teams.

Captains with 5 or more Test winds by an innings

Captain

Wins by an inn

Team

GC Smith

22

South Africa

SR Waugh

14

Australia

PBH May

12

England

AJ Strauss

11

England

CH Lloyd

11

West Indies

SP Fleming

11

New Zealand

MS Dhoni

9

India

MA Taylor

9

Australia

M Azharuddin

8

India

AR Border

8

Australia

SC Ganguly

7

India

DG Bradman

7

Australia

RT Ponting

7

Australia

WM Woodfull

7

Australia

ST Jayasuriya

7

Sri Lanka

N Hussain

6

England

JM Brearley

5

England

SM Pollock

5

South Africa

WJ Cronje

5

South Africa

Imran Khan

5

Pakistan

Javed Miandad

5

Pakistan

DPMD Jayawardene

5

Sri Lanka

It was the third defeat by an innings for Michael Clarke as captain. Let’s see which captains have most number of defeats by an innings under their belt. Obviously Bangladesh and Zimbabwe captains top the list.

Captains with 5 or more Test losses by an innings

Captain

Losses

Team

Habibul Bashar

13

Bangladesh

ADR Campbell

12

Zimbabwe

Khaled Mashud

12

Bangladesh

Mohammad Ashraful

12

Bangladesh

HH Streak

11

Zimbabwe

Mushfiqur Rahim

11

Bangladesh

JR Reid

10

New Zealand

A Flower

10

Zimbabwe

BRM Taylor

10

Zimbabwe

N Hussain

9

England

A Ranatunga

9

Sri Lanka

T Taibu

9

Zimbabwe

Khaled Mahmud

9

Bangladesh

MS Dhoni

8

India

Shakib Al Hasan

8

Bangladesh

AR Border

6

Australia

Naimur Rahman

6

Bangladesh

L Amarnath

5

India

GC Grant

5

West Indies

BE Congdon

5

New Zealand

KR Rutherford

5

New Zealand

LRD Mendis

5

Sri Lanka

ST Jayasuriya

5

Sri Lanka

SV Carlisle

5

Zimbabwe

Captains with most innings wins and losses for each team

Team

Most wins by an inning

Most losses by an inning

Australia

SR Waugh (14)

AR Border (6)

Bangladesh

-

Habibul Bashar (13)

England

PBH May (12)

N Hussain (9)

India

MS Dhoni (9)

MS Dhoni (8)

New Zealand

SP Fleming (11)

JE Reid (10)

Pakistan

Imran Khan & Javed Miandad (5)

Waqar Younis & Inzamam-ul-Haq (4)

South Africa

GC Smith (12)

HW Taylor (4)

Sri Lanka

ST Jayasuriya (7)

A Ranatunga (9)

West Indies

CH Lloyd (11)

GC Grant (5)

Zimbabwe

A Flower & HH Streak (1)

ADR Campbell (12)

  • MS Dhoni has won the most number of Tests by an innings (9) and lost most number of Tests by an innings (8) for India. He is the only captain to have this dubious distinction in Test cricket. 
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