England in World Test Championship
England were ahead in the race to make it to the final of the inaugural World Test Championship cycle for a long time but their prospects were hindered by their series loss in India. Joe Root and Co. ultimately finished fourth in the 2019-20 WTC cycle and thus bagged a prize money of $350,000.
Overall, England played 21 Test Matches during that cycle and won 11 out of those, losing seven and drawing three games. They lost against four different opponents — India, Australia, West Indies and Australia — during that cycle but what hurt their chances most was that humiliating series loss in India, where they lost three matches on the trot after winning the first game of the series.
Who holds the England World Test Championship Records?
Since England finished as one of the top four teams, it is evident that they had some consistent performers with both bat and ball. Joe Root was their highest run-scorer in the inaugural cycle. He amassed 1660 runs in 20 matches, at an average of 47.42, including three centuries and eight fifties.
Ben Stokes delivered some stellar performances as well. The Southpaw amassed 1334 runs at an average of 46, including four hundreds and six fifties. The record for the highest individual score by an England batter during the cycle belongs to Zak Crawley. The youngster played a magnificent knock of 267 against Pakistan at home in 2020.
In terms of bowling, Stuart Broad was their highest wicket-taker with 69 scalps to his name at an average of 20.08. Left-arm spinner Jack Leach was second in the list of most wickets taken by an English bowler during that cycle. Leach claimed 40 wickets at 29.55 runs per piece.
Stokes, who was England’s second highest run-scorer, shone with his bowling too as he claimed 34 wickets at an average of 26.26. Broad once again holds the record for the best bowling figures in a match by an English bowler during this cycle. He registered figures of 10/67 against West Indies in Manchester in 2020.
How is England Performing in World Test Championship?
England are going through a disastrous outing in the current World Test Championship cycle. All hopes of qualifying for the final are already gone as they are sitting right at the bottom of the table now with just one win in 13 matches. They have lost seven and drawn four games, with one match yielding no result.
Till now, they have lost two matches against India, the Ashes against Australia and a series against West Indies as well. Their only win came against India in the third Test of the five-match series last year. Such has been the consequences of their performances that the setup has undergone a complete change from top to bottom.
Chris Silverwood was sacked and Brendon McCullum has been announced as the coach of the England men’s cricket team now. Joe Root also stepped down as captain and Ben Stokes has been elevated to the role now. England will only look to salvage their pride now as qualifying for the final is quite impossible for them.