England become first country to play 1,000 Test matches

Britain are playing their 1,000th Test match from August 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. They have turned into the first nation to achieve this development in the 142-year history of Test cricket.

Britain alongside Australia are the pioneers of Test cricket as the two nations started playing in this configuration of the amusement from 1877. The first ever Test match was played between the two countries on March 15-19, 1877 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the Australian city of Melbourne.

The first ever English skipper was James Lillywhite, who drove the team in the initial two Test matches against Australia in 1877.