The rivalry between England and Australia on the field of cricket is settled, though temporarily in the Ashes series played by the teams. It is a matter of honor for most players from both nations to be able to represent their country in the Ashes at least once in their career.
We here have bought you 5 players who not only have lived their dream but have been able to create a record for the most number of appearances in matches between the England cricket team and the Australian cricket team.
52 – Sydney Edward Gregory
A wristy right hander from New South Wales in Australia, Gregory was one of the three brothers to tour England on 8 different tours. He has played 58 test matches in his career and played a record 52 of them against the England team. He also led the Australian team in a triangular tournament in 1912. This was his last game as a test player. He holds the record for the most number of matches played in the Ashes.
47 – Allan Border
Australia as a team has had some great moments under the great Allan Border. At his retirement, he had featured in more Tests, more consecutive Tests, more Tests as captain and more catches than any other player in test cricket. He gave Australia a World Cup in 1987 and also helped them regain the Ashes two years later. He has played 47 test matches against the English side and is ranked second in the list.
46 – Steve Waugh
One of the Waugh twins, Steve Waugh started playing international cricket at the age of 20. He is still one of the best players to have played for the Australian team. He has appeared in 168 test matches in his career out of which 46 were against the English. He led Australia in 15 of the world record 16 consecutive test wins that they knit together. He also gave them the World Cup of 199. He is most remembered for his twin hundreds at Manchester that gave the Australians a memorable Ashes series victory in the 1997 Ashes.
43 – Colin Cowdrey
Corn in Bangalore, India, in 1932, Cowdrey was a teenage sensation and was the most reliable batsmen in the era of outstanding English batsmen. He is now known as Lord Cowdrey a honor bestowed upon him by the Wisden after his death in 2000. His test career lasted for almost two decades as he captained the England team 27 times. He has appeared in 43 test matches against the Australians in his career which is the fourth best figure in the list.
42 – Warwick Armstrong
The all rounder from Victoria, Armstrong was a huge figure in the Australian history of the sport both literally and metaphorically. His size and larger than life attitude won him many fans and his game even more. He is knows as one of the finest captains that Australia has ever had. He was a part of the first ever century partnership for the last wicket in test cricket in 1902. He has played 42 games against England and finds his place in the 5th spot on the list.
With the level of cricket played in the modern era, it is hard to find any player playing as many games in the Ashes series. Michael Clarke is the only player who can even come close to the figures but he still is at 30 matches and has a long way to go.