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Educating Cricket: What schools do international players go to?


Our study, Educating Cricket, revealed the numbers behind education in elite sport in the UK and world cricket.

We found that attending a private school gave kids a much better chance of making it as a professional cricketer and an even greater chance of advancing onto the international scene, with 62.5% of England’s 2020 Test cricketers attending a private school compared to the national average of 6% of the population.

To work out all the figures you can view in our Educating Cricket study here, we looked at the backgrounds of seven different teams across cricket, football and rugby to assess the concept of elitism in sport.

Below are the schools attended by English, Indian, Australian and South African cricketers.


PlayerSchool attendedStatus
Rory BurnsWhitgiftPrivate
Dom SibleyWhitgiftPrivate
Zak CrawleyTonbridgePrivate
Joe DenlyChaucer TechState
Joe RootWorksop CollegePrivate
Ben StokesCockermouthState
Ollie PopeCranleighPrivate
Jos ButtlerKing’s College, TauntonPrivate
Sam CurranWellington CollegePrivate
Jofra ArcherChrist Church FoundationState (international)
Dom BessBlundellPrivate
Stuart BroadOakhamPrivate
James AndersonSt Theodore’sState
Chris WoakesBarr BeaconState
Mark WoodAshingtonState


PlayerSchool attendedStatus
Rohit SharmaSwami VivekanandPrivate
Prithvi ShawRizvi SpringfieldPrivate
Che Pujara(unable to source)N/A
Virat KohliSaviour ConventPrivate
Ajinkya RahaneS V Joshi High SchoolPrivate
Hanuma VihariSt AndrewsPrivate
Rishabh PantThe Indian Public SchoolPrivate
Ravi AshwinSt Bede’s Anglo IndianPrivate
Ishant SharmaGanga International SchoolPrivate
Jasprit BumrahNirman High SchoolPrivate
Umesh YadavGovernment Higher Secondary SchoolState
Mayank AgarwalBishop Cotton BoysPrivate
Mohammed ShamiMahatma Jyotiba Phule RohilkhandState


PlayerSchool attendedStatus
David WarnerRandwick Boys High SchoolState
Joe BurnsSt Joseph’s Nudgee CollegePrivate
Marnus LabuschagneBrisbane State High SchoolState
Steve SmithMenai High SchoolState
Travis HeadTrinity CollegePrivate
Tim PaineBayview CollegeState
Pat CumminsSt Paul’s Grammar SchoolPrivate
Josh HazlewoodOxley High SchoolState
Mitchell StarcHomebush Boys High SchoolState
James PattinsonHaileyburyPrivate
Matthew Wade(unable to source)N/A
Nathan Lyon(unable to source)N/A

South Africa

PlayerSchool attendedStatus
Quinton de KockKing Edward VII SchoolPrivate
Dane PatersonHoërskool Brackenfell High SchoolPrivate
Rassie van der DussenDie Hoërskool MenloparkPrivate
Dean ElgarSt. Dominic’s CollegePrivate
Pieter MalanHoërskool WaterkloofPrivate
Zubayr HamzaRondebosch Boys’ High SchoolState
Faf du PlessisAfrikaanse Hoër SeunskoolPrivate
Temba BavumaSt David’s MaristPrivate
Aiden MarkramPretoria Boys High SchoolPrivate
Vernon PhilanderRavensmead Secondary SchoolPrivate
Keshav MaharajNorthwood SchoolPrivate
Dwaine PretoriousHoerskool RustenburgPrivate
Kagiso RabadaSt Stithians CollegeState
Anrich NortjeBrandwag HighState
Beuran Hendricks(unable to source)N/A

England women’s cricket team

PlayerSchool attendedStatus
Tammy Beaumont(unable to source)N/A
Heather KnightPlymstock SchoolState
Nat SciverEpsom CollegePrivate
Amy JonesJohn Willmott SchoolState
Sarah GlennTrent CollegePrivate
Katherine BruntPenistone Grammar SchoolState
Danni Wyatt(unable to source)N/A
Fran WilsonMalmesbury SchoolState
Sophia DunkleyMill HillPrivate
Sophie EcclestoneHelsby High SchoolState
Freya DaviesChichester High School for GirlsState
Anya ShrubsoleHayesfield Girls SchoolState
Mady VilliersShenfield High SchoolState
Only two players (that were sourced) were privately educated in the women’s team

England men’s football team

PlayerSchool attendedStatus
Jordan PickfordSt Robert of Newminster Catholic SchoolState
Trent Alexander-ArnoldSt Mary’s CollegePrivate
Eric DierInternational Preparatory SchoolPrivate (international)
Reece JamesIsleworth and Syon SchoolState
Harry MaguireSt Mary’s Catholic High SchoolState
Kieran TrippierWoodhey High SchoolState
Kyle WalkerHigh Storrs SchoolState
Jordan HendersonFarringdon Community AcademyState
Mason MountPurbrook Park SchoolState
Declan RiceGrey Court SchoolState
Kalvin PhillipsThe Farnley AcademyState
Dominic Calvert-LewinForge Valley SchoolState
Harry KaneChingford Foundation SchoolState
Marcus RashfordAshton-on-Mersey SchoolState
Jadon SanchoHarefield AcademyState
Only one of the England football team was educated privately in the UK

England men’s rugby team

PlayerSchool attendedStatus
George FurbankKimbolton SchoolPrivate
Anthony WatsonSt George’s CollegePrivate
Jonathan JosephMillfield SchoolPrivate
Henry SladePlymouth CollegePrivate
Jonny MayHartpury CollegePrivate
Owen FarrellSt George’s SchoolPrivate
Ben YoungsGresham’s SchoolPrivate
Mako VunipolaMillfieldPrivate
Jamie GeorgeHaileyburyPrivate
Kyle SincklerGraveney SchoolState
Maro ItojeSt George’s SchoolPrivate
Jonny HillLudlow SchoolState
Tom CurryOundle SchoolPrivate
Sam UnderhillSir Thomas Rich’s SchoolPrivate
Billy VunipolaHarrow SchoolPrivate
Just two of the men’s rugby team were state educated

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