Reviewing the Last 10 England vs. India Test Series: Results, Key Men, Records

Tim Collins@@TimDCollinsFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2014

Reviewing the Last 10 England vs. India Test Series: Results, Key Men, Records

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    England and India will add another chapter to their fascinating Test history next week, as MS Dhoni's side prepare to embark on a five-Test campaign on English shores against Alastair Cook's men. 

    Interestingly, the series arrives at a critical moment for both teams, with England looking to break out of an alarming slump in form, while India are searching for their first Test victory away from home in three years.

    Examining the previous encounters between the two nations also indicates that the series should be an extremely tight affair, given that only one blowout result has transpired over the last two-and-a-half decades.

    So, as we get ready to witness another enthralling duel between England and India, we've gone back through the record books to review the last 10 series between the two countries in the following slides.

    All statistics and match data courtesy of ESPN Cricinfo.

1990

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    Played In: England

    Series Result: England 1-0

     

    Matches

    TESTVENUEMATCH DETAILS
    1st TestLord'sEngland 653/4d and 272/4d def India 454 and 224
    2nd TestOld TraffordEngland 519 and 320/4d drew India 432 and 343/6
    3rd TestThe OvalIndia 606/9d drew England 340 and 477/4d (f/o)

     

    Key Players

    England: Graham Gooch enjoyed the finest series of his career, scoring 752 runs in just six innings at an average of 125.33. His tally included an extraordinary feat at Lord's, scoring 333 in the first innings and another 123 in the second. With the ball, Angus Fraser led the way with a series-leading 16 wickets, which featured two hauls of five. 

    India: Mohammad Azharuddin and Ravi Shastri led the way for the visitors, scoring two centuries apiece on their way to 426 and 336 runs, respectively. With his team reeling on Day 3 at Old Trafford, it was Azharuddin's 179 that kept India in the series. 

1992-93

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    Played In: India

    Series Result: India 3-0

     

    Matches

    TESTVENUEMATCH DETAILS
    1st TestKolkataIndia 371 and 82/2 def England 163 and 286 (f/o)
    2nd TestChennaiIndia 560/6d def England 286 and 252 (f/o)
    3rd TestMumbaiEngland 347 and 229 def by India 591

     

    Key Players

    India: Anil Kumble and Venkatapathy Raju were the architects of India's thumping series victory, claiming 37 wickets between them in three Tests to decimate England's batting line-up. Preying on the tourists' susceptibility to the turning ball, the pair of spinners ripped through Graham Gooch's side, delivering two victories by an innings in Chennai and Mumbai, as well as an eight-wicket triumph in Kolkata.

    England: Graeme Hick was the only England batsman to provide consistent resistance to India's spinners, scoring 315 runs at 52.50 for the series. After a 64 in the second Test, Hick registered a valiant 178 in Mumbai as his top-order teammates crashed around him. 

1996

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    Played In: England

    Series Result: England 1-0

     

    Matches

    TESTVENUEMATCH DETAILS
    1st TestEdgbastonIndia 214 and 219 def by England 313 and 121/2
    2nd TestLord's England 344 and 278/9d drew India 429
    3rd TestTrent BridgeIndia 521 and 211 drew England 564

     

    Key Players

    England: In a low-scoring game at Edgbaston, Nasser Hussain provided the telling contribution, scoring 128 in England's first innings to help the hosts to a 1-0 series lead. The No. 3 added another century in the third Test at Trent Bridge to ensure his side captured the series, finishing the contest with 318 runs at 79.50.

    India: Sachin Tendulkar enjoyed his breakout series on English soil, cruising to 428 runs at 85.60. Included in his tally were two sublime hundreds, the first of which came in India's dismal second innings in the first Test, which saw Tendulkar score 122 of his team's 219. Elsewhere, Venkatesh Prasad matched England's Chris Lewis for 15 wickets in the series, performing admirably for the losing side. 

2001-02

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    Played In: India

    Series Result: India 1-0

     

    Matches

    TESTVENUEMATCH DETAILS
    1st TestMohaliEngland 238 and 235 def by India 469 and 5/0
    2nd TestAhmedabadEngland 407 and 257 drew India 291 and 198/3
    3rd TestBangaloreEngland 336 and 33/0 drew India 238

     

    Key Players

    India: England fell victim to India's spinners again in 2001-02, as Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh tore through the visitors' line-up to capture 32 wickets between them in just three matches. It was in the first Test where the damage was done; Harbhajan grabbed 5/51 in the first innings before Kumble snared 6/81 in the second to earn a decisive lead in the series for the hosts. 

    England: Marcus Trescothick was the most effective of England's batsmen, scoring 240 runs from his six innings at an average of 48.00. After scores of 66 and 46 in the first Test in Mohali, the left-handed opener fell an agonising one run short of a century in the first innings in Ahmedabad.

2002

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    Played In: England

    Series Result: Drawn 1-1

     

    Matches

    TESTVENUEMATCH DETAILS
    1st TestLord'sEngland 497 and 301/6d def India 221 and 397
    2nd TestTrent BridgeIndia 357 and 424/8d drew England 617
    3rd TestHeadingleyIndia 628/8d def England 273 and 309 (f/o)
    4th TestThe OvalEngland 515 and 114/0 drew India 508

     

    Key Players

    England: In a gluttony of runs, Michael Vaughan starred for England with 615 runs at 102.50 in what was the future captain's breakout summer. Despite opening the series with a duck, the opener backed up a second-innings hundred at Lord's with a blistering 197 at Trent Bridge before thumping another 195 at The Oval.

    India: Matching the prolific Vaughan, Rahul Dravid raced to 602 runs of his own, scoring three centuries in six innings to help his team avoid a series defeat after India's disappointing showing at Lord's. After hammering England at Headingley alongside Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, Dravid piled on 217 in the fourth Test to hold off the hosts. 

2005-06

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    Played In: India

    Series Result: Drawn 1-1

     

    Matches

    TESTVENUEMATCH DETAILS
    1st TestNagpurEngland 393 and 297/3d drew India 323 and 260/6
    2nd TestMohaliEngland 300 and 181 def by India 338 and 144/1
    3rd TestMumbaiEngland 400 and 191 def India 279 and 100

     

    Key Players

    India: Just like he'd done during England's previous two visits to India, Anil Kumble proved to be the decisive figure for his side once more, claiming 16 wickets in the series and playing a leading role in the hosts' victory in Mohali. After his stellar 5/76 in the first innings, the wrist spinner added 4/49 in the second to set up a comfortable Indian triumph. 

    England: With his team missing some of its stars and lacking experience, Andrew Flintoff carried on from his fine showing in the 2005 Ashes by scoring 264 runs and claiming 11 wickets in the series. Although the captain didn't register a century or a five-wicket haul, England's favourite showman was instrumental in his side's emphatic victory in Mumbai, scoring a defiant 50 in the second innings before claiming 3/14 to help dismantle India for 100. 

2007

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    Played In: England

    Series Result: India 1-0

     

    Matches

    TESTVENUEMATCH DETAILS
    1st TestLord'sEngland 298 and 282 drew India 201 and 282/9
    2nd TestTrent BridgeEngland 198 and 355 def by India 481 and 73/3
    3rd TestThe Oval India 664 and 180/6d drew England 345 and 369/6

     

    Key Players

    England: In a series littered with scores between 50 and 96, Kevin Pietersen was the contest's finest batsman, reaching 345 runs at 57.50 with two impressive centuries. Indeed, it was the renegade batsman's 134 that seized control of the first Test for England, while his 101 at The Oval ensured the hosts didn't suffer a heavy series defeat.

    India: In one of his best series, Zaheer Khan utilised the English conditions supremely to grab 18 wickets in his three appearances. Most impressive was the left-armer's destruction of England's top order at Trent Bridge, where he claimed the scalps of Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan, Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell in the second innings to set up a decisive victory for India. 

2008-09

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    Played In: India 

    Series Result: India 1-0

     

    Matches

    TESTVENUEMATCH DETAILS
    1st TestChennaiEngland 316 and 311/9d def by India 241 and 387/4
    2nd TestMohaliIndia 453 and 251/7d drew England 302 and 64/1

     

    Key Players

    India: With a dull draw transpiring in the second Test, it was Sachin Tendulkar's brilliant century on the fifth day at Chennai that propelled India to a famous come-from-behind victory over England. After being outplayed for much of the game, the hosts set a record for the highest successful fourth-innings chase in an Asian Test, as Tendulkar's hundred guided MS Dhoni's team home. 

    England: Andrew Strauss shone for England in the first Test, striking hundreds in each innings of the match to put the visitors in a dominant position across the opening four days. Dealing with the spin of Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra superbly, the left-hander put together a performance that deserved to be rewarded with a victory.

2011

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    Played In: England

    Series Result: England 4-0

     

    Matches

    TESTVENUEMATCH DETAILS
    1st TestLord'sEngland 474/8d and 269/6d def India 286 and 261
    2nd TestTrent BridgeEngland 221 and 544 def India 288 and 158
    3rd TestEdgbastonIndia 224 and 244 def by England 710/7d
    4th TestThe OvalEngland 591/6d def India 300 and 283

     

    Key Players

    England: In an irresistible series for England, Kevin Pietersen (533), Ian Bell (504), Alastair Cook (348) and Matt Prior (271) all compiled huge run totals as the hosts dealt out a thrashing to India's bowlers. With the ball, meanwhile, Stuart Broad annihilated the visitors, grabbing 25 wickets in four matches at less than 14 runs apiece.

    India: Only Rahul Dravid stood out for India in a miserable series, with the defiant right-hander grafting out three centuries in eight innings to provide the only meaningful resistance against England's rampant seam attack. In typical style, the prolific Indian doggedly etched out hundreds as his teammates collapsed meekly around him.

2012-13

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    Played In: India

    Series Result: England 2-1

     

    Matches

    TESTVENUEMATCH DETAILS
    1st TestAhmedabadIndia 521/8d and 80/1 def England 191 and 406 (f/o)
    2nd TestMumbaiIndia 327 and 142 def by England 413 and 58/0
    3rd TestKolkataIndia 316 and 247 def by England 523 and 41/3
    4th TestNagpurEngland 330 and 352/4d drew India 326/9d

     

    Key Players

    India: Cheteshwar Pujara was the catalyst for India's victory in the first Test, stroking a brilliant and unbeaten 206 to push the hosts to a massive first-innings lead. And it was the right-hander again who provided the telling contribution in the second Test, reaching a fine 135 despite the failures of his teammates.

    England: Undoubtedly one of his finest achievements, Alastair Cook led from the front by scoring 562 runs in eight innings as skipper of the victorious side. After a fine century in his team's opening loss, the captain steered his team to a famous triumph with 122 in Mumbai and 190 in Kolkata. Yet Cook wasn't England's only star, with Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar combining for 37 wickets on the turning subcontinental surfaces.