BBC is running a public contest to celebrate England’s 1,000th Test match. The first game of the five-Test England-India series at Edgbaston on August 1 will also mark the 1,000th Test match of England. As the Three Lions are set to become the first team ever to cross the 1,000-Test match milestone, the British public service broadcaster British Broadcast Corporation (BBC) is running a vote to pick England’s best Test ever.
“To mark their 1,000th Test – against India at Edgbaston on 1 August – we are asking you to pick your favourite. The Test Match Special team has drawn up a shortlist and now you can vote on which you think is England’s greatest Test by ranking your top 10,” BCC has stated in a write-up on its website.
The English fans have been asked to pick the Best 10 Test matches from England’s 999-match journey over 141 years.
The broadcaster has also shared a short list of 16 Tests, from which the fans can vote for the Best Test Tests in the history of English cricket. The list starts with the 1882 England-Australia Test at the Oval, which is also known as the birth of the Ashes. In the Test, England had crashed from 51 for 2 to 77 all out to suffer their first defeat against Australia on home soil. This game had led to the birth of cricket’s most prestigious contest: The Ashes.
England’s 338-run win over Australia at Adelaide in the controversial 1933 “Bodyline” series is listed next.
Then there is the 1956 series Test at Old Trafford, which the hosts had won by 170 runs. The match is etched in the glorious history of cricket as the “Laker Test” for English off-spinner Jim Laker’s incredible 19 wickets. After running through the entire Australian batting line-up for a mere 53 runs in 51.2 overs, Laker in the second innings had captured 9 wickets for 37 runs.
The England-West Indies Test at Lord’s in June 1963 is listed next. The game is listed among the most exciting contests on a cricket field. England’s Colin Cowdrey had batted with a broken arm, after being hurt with a Wes Hall delivery, to keep the English tail-enders to force the draw.
England’s 18-run win over Australia at Headingley in July 1981; then the 29-run victory in the same series at Edgbaston; an 8-wicket triumph over South Africa in the 1998 series; decimation of hosts Pakistan at Karachi in 2000; the exciting 2-run win in the 2005 Ashes series, the Edgbaston and five-run win at Trend Bridge and the draw at the Oval in the same series; the crushing innings and 157 defeat of hosts Australia in the Melbourne Test of the 2010-2011 Ashes series; 10-wicket win at Mumbai in November 2012; England-Australia Test at Trent Bridge the next year won by the hosts by 14 runs; and England’s 78-run at Trent Bridge during the 2015 Ashes series is the prominent names listed among the options to vote from. The fans, however, will have the liberty to choose any other match for their vote.
The results will be revealed in the Tuffers & Vaughan Show on BBC Radio 5 live, on Monday, 30 July – two days before the landmark 1,000th Test.