Revisiting England's milestone Tests
August 1 was a momentous day in English cricket, as it marked the beginning of the national team’s 1000th Test match, against India at Edgbaston. Not too surprisingly, England have featured in a substantial 43.19% of all Tests played thus far, and even today, they consistently play more Test cricket compared to their fellow Test-playing teams. As the historic Test draws to a close, here is a look back in time at how England performed in each of their previous centenary milestone Tests.
Rewind to 1992: When the Proteas faced the Lions for the first time
South Africa and Sri Lanka share a closely-fought rivalry in the 50-over format, with the Proteas winning 35 matches to the Lions’ 29 from a total of 66 ODIs prior to the ongoing series, besides one tie - the famous rain-hit group match of the 2003 World Cup. It was in a World Cup that the two nations first faced off, at Wellington’s Basin Reserve in the 1992 edition, a tournament that is remembered for the arrival of day-night cricket and coloured clothing on the biggest stage.
The greatest ODI knocks in successful 300+ chases
Chasing down a target of 300 isn’t a great surprise in ODI cricket these days. It has become the norm in the format today. Regardless, chasing a 300-plus score successfully still requires some special effort. Earlier this year, Ross Taylor’s exceptional knock of 181 in the 4th ODI against England helped New Zealand chase down a daunting target of 336. It was easily one of the best efforts in an ODI chase.
Botched Test match chases
India made a mess of a very gettable 194 against England in the 1st Test at Edgbaston. While the target certainly wasn’t a cakewalk, as the ball swung throughout the Test, India made a meal of it and missed a golden opportunity to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-Test series and gain the psychological advantage.
Indians on Lord's honours boards
Lord’s. The Mecca of cricket. The ground has a special importance for every cricketer. Lord’s has a unique tradition of honouring notable performances by inscribing the names of players on their honours boards. This prestigious honour is awarded when a batsman scores a century or a bowler takes 5 wickets in innings or 10 wickets in a match.
Remembering Nelson Mandela's contribution to cricket
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination. ” – Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)