Cricket has a long and illustrious history that dates back to the late 16th century. It originated in southeast England in the 18th century and has since expanded in vogue throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Although many countries play cricket, there have been multiple occasions in which England has excelled and attracted everyone's attention, demonstrating that they are the game’s inventors. Here are some of England's top cricket matches, which demonstrate the country's talent, energy, and love for the game
10. The Whitewashed Series
England defeated Australia by 5-0 in an ODI series! In June 2018, Australia toured England and got whitewashed by England in an ODI series for the first time. England won by three wickets in the first match, chasing a target of 215 runs, and by 38 runs in the second match, also chasing a target of 215 runs. The third One-Day International was a historic encounter, with England setting a massive target of 482 runs and Australia replying with a meagre 239 runs, making it England's biggest win and Australia's biggest defeat in ODIs! The fourth ODI was won by England by six wickets, whereas they won the fifth ODI by just one wicket.
9. The 230-Runs Chase
On March 18, 2016, England and South Africa had a match that would go down as the best in history. South Africa batted first and gave England a goal of 230 runs for their innings. In response, England got off to a terrific start, with Jason Roy's 43 (16) and Joe Root's 83 (44), each contributing significantly to the chase. It was one of the highest match totals in the T20I.
8. The Epic Comeback
England scored 435 in their first innings in the first test match of the 2009 Ashes series, while Australia declared on a magnificent 674/6 in response. When the British team unexpectedly collapsed, the chase grew tense. Anderson and Panesar were batting for the last wicket, and they managed to bat till the end, securing a tie. Fans hoped for a dot ball since it meant England's prospects of winning the match were still alive. Because of England's comeback, this is one of the best Ashes tests ever played in cricket.
7. The 150-Run Win
The 24th match of the 2019 ICC World Cup featured England against Afghanistan. England won the toss and opted to bat first, setting a total of 398, thanks to an incredible century from Captain Eoin Morgan. Although, Afghanistan's middle-order batsmen did well and kept a slow-paced innings going, England restricted them to 247 and won by 150 runs.
6. The Massive Win
On July 19, 2018, England and Australia played their third One-Day International against each other, in which England scored the highest total in ODIs. After winning the toss and inviting England to bat first, the Englishmen set a lofty aim of 482 runs. England also played well with the ball, limiting Australia to 239 runs and winning the match by a massive margin of 242 runs.
5. The Match Winning Partnership
The 2019 Ashes series' third test match was one of the most exciting in the series' history. In their first innings, Australia scored 179 runs, while England was dismissed with just 67 runs. Australia amassed a massive lead of 359 runs in the second innings, which seemed unattainable for England at one stage when they were nine wickets down and still needed 73 runs. But, thanks to Ben Stokes' stunning 135 runs and a surprising 76-run partnership with No. 11 batter Jack Leach, England pulled off a surprise victory!
4. The Ashes Returned Home
It is widely known as one of the most terrific Ashes contests. of all time. The 2005 series was 2-1 in England's favour. Thanks to Kevin Pietersen's outstanding innings, England scored 341 runs on the last day. With 19 overs to go, Australia's objective appeared unattainable. The match was drawn, giving England their first series win over Australia since 1987, and more importantly, they had brought the "ashes" for England.
3. The West Indies Collapse
On March 8, 2019, England batted brilliantly and set a target of 183 runs for the West Indies in the second T20I between the two teams. The team West Indies began the chase, but after only 45 runs, the entire team collapsed. The highest run scored by the West Indian players in their innings was 10. The score of 45 is also the lowest England has ever conceded in full innings. England won the game by a massive margin of 137 runs.
2. The Unexpected Win
The third Ashes Test at Headingley is one of the best Ashes Test matches ever played. Australia had a 1-0 lead in the series. After England’s follow-on, everyone anticipated Australia to win. But Ian Botham played a stunning inning, saving England from a humiliating defeat and put them in a winning position. He scored a fantastic 149 runs and made Australia bat once more. The batting order of Australia crumbled, and England triumphed by 18 runs.
1. The World Cup Win
On July 14, 2019, England won their first-ever World Cup at Lord's in the ICC World Cup. England has qualified for three World Cup finals but has never won any of them. England and New Zealand tied at 241 runs in one of the most dramatic ICC World Cup finals ever, forcing a super over, which also got tied. Because of the boundary count-back rule, England won with 26 boundaries to NZ's 17. This rule got applied in an ODI final for the first time.