What is now the England cricket team was originally established in 1739 as the "All England" team that took part in a game against Kent before going overseas for various tours. England cricket as most acknowledge, has existed from the very first instance of cricket being played professionally as a sport.
Since 1997, the England cricket team has been governed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). They were previously governed by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) from 1903 to 1996. The England cricket team now represents England and Wales, having previously represented Scotland as well (until 1992) and the England team features the finest players from the two countries.
The England Cricket Board were the pioneers of Test cricket and it was no surprise to note that they were the first team to play a Test match (against Australia in March 1877). Although England Test cricket has undergone a lot of ups and downs, they still form an integral part of the history of the oldest format of the game. They also took part in the first ODI match, which was also against Australia.
Despite their continued presence in the International Cricket Council (ICC), thee England cricket team roster has never been immune to change. While some of England cricket players have enjoyed long and fruitful careers across all formats, not all have been so lucky. The current England cricket team roster includes players who are best suited to each format, which wasn't always the case.
While they have been synonymous with cricket from time immemorial, they haven't been especially successful in the biggest stage of them all, the ICC Cricket World Cup. Despite taking part in every World Cup since its inception in 1975 and having hosted it four times, more than any other country, they have never won the World Cup. Their best finish was being runners-up, a feat they have achieved on three different occasions, including back-to-back 2nd place finishes in 1987 and 1992.
For a long time, England adopted a one shoe fits all approach to the different formats of the game but after the debacle of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, they have changed their approach and the current England cricket team players reflect the needs of the format that they play in.
The current England cricket team captain in Tests is Joe Root, who took over from Alastair Cook while the England cricket team captain in ODIs and T20Is is Eoin Morgan, who has been at the forefront of England national cricket team's white ball revolution in the last few years. That has been under the stewardship of England cricket coach Trevor Bayliss, who took over after Peter Moores' disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign.
The list of England cricket team player names include some of the finest players to have played the game from the likes of Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Graham Gooch to the more recent Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook and Joe Root.
Having played 152 Tests, Cook has the most Test caps for the England team. Paul Collingwood's 197 ODIs make him England national cricket team's most capped ODI player while current captain Eoin Morgan leads the England players with most T20Is.
With over 12,000 runs to his name, Alastair Cook has the most runs for England in Tests while James Anderson is the leading wicket-taker for England and is the only England bowler with over 500 Test wickets. In ODIs, Ian Bell is the leading run-getter while James Anderson once again tops the bowling charts, this time with 269 ODI wickets. Eoin Morgan, who is England cricket's most-capped T20I player leads the run-scoring chart in the format while Stuart Broad has the most wickets, courtesy of his 65 scalps.
England cricket schedule for the upcoming year features a tough set of fixtures against teams that have a point to prove and have some of the finest players in the game right now. After the current tour of New Zealand, England cricket's home season begins with two Tests against Pakistan, beginning in May.
After that, the England cricket team fixtures includes an ODI in Scotland in June 2018 before a five-match ODI series and a solitary T20I against Australia. The final leg of England cricket fixtures for the 2018 home season is against India, who will tour England for five Tests, three ODIs and three ODIs. The England cricket schedule for the winter includes a tour to Sri Lanka, which encompasses three Tests, five ODIs and a solitary T20I.
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