Test cricket is one of the most intriguing and testing formats of the game and the English who have invented the sport have had some great players over the years ruling this format of the game. However England slowly lost its reign at the top of the summit and now finding it hard to be a part of the group of sporting giants in Australia and India.
However the vast array of talent in the armory still makes England a pretty good test team. Here is a list of cricketers who have represented England in the highest number of test victories for the nation.
The skipper of the present day test team for England, Cook who is a left-handed batsman plays his county cricket for Essex. Alistair Cook has been a very consistent run getter for England and has rarely let them down. He is one of the smartest thinkers in the world of cricket and is also innovative. He is always reading the minds of the oppositions and thus making his job easier.
Cook at the age of 31 shares the top spot in this list (along with Jimmy Anderson and Andrew Strauss) with 47 test victories as England Player. Though he has not been playing limited over cricket for a long time, Cook remains the main stay of the England batting order in test and often digs them out of trouble. He is one the best captain that the nation has had in its participation in the game.
The ex-captain of the England national team, Andrew Strauss is the most successful England Captains of all time. He has been a great servant of the English cricket and was one of the most consistent batsmen in the world during his time.
The left handed batsman always priced his wicket and made the opposition work for it. He understood the game and the situation very well and was very good in changing anything that is needed to get an upper hand in the game. Strauss who has won 47 test matches with the England national team is in the top spot in the list along with two other team mates. Strauss is now the coach of the England national team and continues to serve English cricket.
Arguably the best test bowler in the world at the moment, the highest wicket taker for England in test matches, Jimmy Anderson has been the spearhead for the English attack for almost a decade now and Jimmy Anderson has shown an extraordinary bit of consistency.
In any form of the game and in any conditions, Anderson has been at his best and has given everything to the team whenever needed. With 47 test victories as an England player, Jimmy tops this list along with Cook and Strauss as the player with most test wins for England. He is one of the most important piece of the puzzle that the English team is trying to solve and Anderson who made his debut for England in 2003 still has a couple of years before thinking about retirement which comes as great news for the England national team.
Not far away from the lot on top of him in the list, with 45 test victories to his name, the England middle order bat Ian Bell has been a regular in the England national team has proved himself time and time again and now finds a place in any England squad for any format.
Ian Bell fierce but was to watch run scorer burst into the international arena with two back to back hundred and has never looked back. He is the main stay in the England middle order in the present day and is almost the backbone of the English batting order. The class of the player makes him a loved one in the nation and Bell still has a lot of sport left in him to overtake the likes of Cook and Anderson in this list.
Born in the year 1932, Colin Cowdrrey was one of the finest batsmen in the cricketing world at that time when they could show a touch of class even when bludgeoning the ball. He holds the record for the first player to play 100 test matches and also scored a century on the day to mark his record. With 22 test centuries, Colin was a very successful player for the English and has always been a hard working a dedicated player. Colin, who passed away in the turn of the century, played in 43 test victories for England and finds his place in this list on the 3rd position.
Arguably the hardest hitter of the cricket ball from England, Kevin Pietersen has been one of the fiercest batsmen the world of cricket has ever seen. His technique may not be right out of the text book but KP has demolished and left his mark on almost every side in the world. He was also consistent for a period of time before losing his place in the squad due to disciplinary issues.
Since then KP has not been able to get a place back into the team amid controversies but he still remains the most feared batsmen in the recent past of England cricket. In his career playing for the national team, KP was a part of a test match winning squad 42 times for England and is in the 4th position in the list of players with most test victories in the nation.
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