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 Tech State
Joe RootWorksop College Private
Ben StokesCockermouth State
Ollie PopeCranleighPrivate
Jos ButtlerKing’s College, Taunton Private
Sam CurranWellington College Private
Jofra ArcherChrist Church Foundation State (international)
Dom BessBlundellPrivate
Stuart Broad OakhamPrivate
James Anderson St Theodore’s State
Chris Woakes Barr Beacon State
Mark Wood AshingtonState


Player School attended Status
Rohit Sharma Swami Vivekanand Private
Prithvi Shaw Rizvi Springfield Private
Che Pujara (unable to source) N/A
Virat Kohli Saviour Convent Private
Ajinkya Rahane S V Joshi High School Private
Hanuma Vihari St Andrews Private
Rishabh Pant The Indian Public School Private
Ravi Ashwin St Bede’s Anglo Indian Private
Ishant Sharma Ganga International School Private
Jasprit Bumrah Nirman High School Private
Umesh Yadav Government Higher Secondary School State
Mayank Agarwal Bishop Cotton Boys Private
Mohammed Shami Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Rohilkhand State


PlayerSchool attended Status
David Warner Randwick Boys High School State
Joe Burns St Joseph’s Nudgee College Private
Marnus Labuschagne Brisbane State High School State
Steve Smith Menai High School State
Travis Head Trinity College Private
Tim Paine Bayview College State
Pat Cummins St Paul’s Grammar School Private
Josh Hazlewood Oxley High School State
Mitchell Starc Homebush Boys High School State
James Pattinson Haileybury Private
Matthew Wade (unable to source) N/A
Nathan Lyon (unable to source) N/A

South Africa

PlayerSchool attended Status
Quinton de Kock King Edward VII School Private
Dane Paterson Hoërskool Brackenfell High School Private
Rassie van der Dussen Die Hoërskool Menlopark Private
Dean Elgar St. Dominic’s College Private
Pieter Malan Hoërskool Waterkloof Private
Zubayr Hamza Rondebosch Boys’ High School State
Faf du Plessis Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool Private
Temba Bavuma St David’s Marist Private
Aiden Markram Pretoria Boys High School Private
Vernon Philander Ravensmead Secondary School Private
Keshav Maharaj Northwood School Private
Dwaine Pretorious Hoerskool Rustenburg Private
Kagiso Rabada St Stithians College State
Anrich Nortje Brandwag High State
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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