England won the Test series 4-0, their third whitewash in a row of at least three Tests. England usurped India's spot at the top of the ICC Test Championship by winning the series by more than two clear matches, while India fell to third place. In the one-day format, India beat England 2-1. However, due to poor results from other teams, India failed to qualify for the 2012 World Cup. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni led the team in all five formats, and he was praised for his captaincy skills.
India won the first Test match by an innings and 226 runs against England at Mumbai (then known as Bombay). This is India's biggest win over England in terms of runs. Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th test century during this match. The second Test match was also held at Mumbai and India won it by an innings and 135 runs. Yuvraj Singh became the first player to score a century and take a hat-trick in Test cricket. He finished with 10 wickets in the match. In the third Test match, which was also held at Mumbai, India won again by an innings and 225 runs. Rahul Dravid reached his 1000 run mark in Test cricket during this match. The final Test match was also held at Mumbai and India won it by an innings and 149 runs. Virender Sehwag scored his 100th test century during this match.
England has played 1,034 tests, winning 377 and losing 308 of them (with 349 draws). England competes for the Ashes, one of the most iconic trophies in sports, in the Test series against Australia, and they have won the urn 32 times. England has also played 752 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), winning 378 of them. They are the number one ODI side right now, with India as their main rival.
England's first test match was against South Africa at Lord's on August 5, 1870. The Proteas won that match by an innings and 39 runs to claim victory after three days' play. In fact, no England player scored a run until Francis Wainwright came out to join his countrymen after this historic loss. The first test match to be played between two countries other than Australia or Australia's New Zealand counterparts was known then as the World Championship Match and is still regarded as such today. The match took place at Melbourne Cricket Ground, and Australia beat England by one wicket with Fred Morley scoring the winning run.
Australia went on to win the inaugural Ashes series 4-1. It is still considered one of the greatest victories in cricket history. Since then, England has dominated world cricket, winning the five-match series 3-0 in 1877, 2-1 in 1889, 5-0 in 1893, 10-0 in 1897 and 8-0 in 1901. However, Australia did win the 1903 series 3-1.
The ICC has England placed fourth in Tests, first in ODIs, and second in T20Is as of July 26, 2019. Though the squad and coaching staff were heavily chastised following their group stage exit from the 2015 Cricket World Cup, they have subsequently embraced a more aggressive playing style in one-day internationals. This has helped them become the number one ODI team.
England's ranking in Test cricket is the highest among all countries that do not belong to the top two cricketing nations (India and Australia). They also hold the record for the longest uninterrupted run at number one, having been ranked first for over three years from January 2011 until March 2014. During this period, India only held the top spot for two months.
In ODI cricket, England are the current world champions after winning the 50-over tournament in 2009. They also won the 50-over World Cup in England in 1999.
They are one of the five original members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), which governs the sport worldwide. The others are Australia, India, South Africa, and New Zealand.
England's home ground is Lord's Cricket Ground in London. The stadium has been called "the home of English cricket" since 1877 when it was built specifically for the annual meeting of the MCC.