List of England cricket captains

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This is a list of all English national cricket captains, comprising all of the men, boys and women who have captained an English national cricket team at official international level. England played in the first Test match in 1877 and have played more Test matches, and had more captains, than any other team. In the 19th century, the captains for overseas tours were chosen by the promoters, with James Lillywhite, Alfred Shaw and Arthur Shrewsbury being the main professional promoters. However, some amateur tours went abroad under Lord Harris and Lord Hawke. Home captains were selected by the home ground authority, who often went for their local favourites. For around sixty years, from 1902/3, the Marylebone Cricket Club took over the organisation of all overseas tours, with the games played being technically by the "MCC" rather than "England". They brought with them the tradition of having amateur, rather than professional, captains, and after Shrewsbury there wasn't another professional captain until Len Hutton around sixty years later. The amateur/professional distinction was abolished in 1962, and a new breed of captain in Brian Close and then Ray Illingworth was born.

From the mid-1980s until the late 1990s, English cricket was in decline, with the England team suffering many heavy defeats. The desperation was most clear in the "summer of four captains" in 1988, during the West Indies tour of England, when the captaincy started with Mike Gatting, who was sacked after the first Test as a result of a dalliance with a barmaid. He was initially replaced by John Emburey, who lasted just two Tests before being sacked after two consecutive defeats. Chris Cowdrey was appointed amidst accusations of nepotism on the part of chief of selectors Peter May, but sustained an injury in his only Test as captain. Finally, Graham Gooch became England's fourth captain of the summer. Unsurprisingly, England lost the five-Test series 4–0. The following year, England faced Australia in the 1989 Ashes series. Gooch didn't remain in his post, with David Gower being brought back as captain. Gower had been an Ashes winning captain back in 1985, although some people favoured bringing back Mike Gatting who had also won the Ashes as England captain in 1986-1987. In the event, Gower's captaincy return was wholly unsuccessful, the 1989 Ashes being lost 4-0. Graham Gooch was reappointed captain for the subsequent tour to the West Indies and remained in the post until 1993 after the fourth Test against Australia, having failed to win a Test match that year.

England's mixed fortunes continued under Gooch's successor Mike Atherton. Earmarked early as a future captain, England enjoyed victories over South Africa, India and New Zealand under his premiership although they continued to fare badly against the West Indies and Australia, and the lack of consistent progress led to his resignation at the end of the 1997/98 tour of the West Indies, which England lost 3-1. Replacement Alec Stewart was sacked after less than a year in the job after another defeat in Australia and a disastrous 1999 Cricket World Cup campaign. The beginning of Nasser Hussain's captaincy saw England jeered by their own supporters after losing to New Zealand at home in 1999, but England soon started to enjoy a revival, which continued under Michael Vaughan. England were the only team undefeated in 2004, and were, as at June 2005, ranked as the second-best Test nation in the world. Later that summer they regained The Ashes from Australia, having not held them since 1989.

Following Vaughan's retirement, England were briefly captained by Kevin Pietersen before Andrew Strauss took on the role permanently following Pietersen's resignation. Strauss became the first captain to lead England to victory in a Test series in Australia since 1987, as well as taking them to the number one ranking in the summer of 2011. Strauss announced his resignation and retirement following the relinquishing of the top ranking to South Africa in 2012, with One Day International captain and Strauss' deputy Alastair Cook was named as the replacement.

Men's Test match captains[edit]

This is a list of cricketers who have captained the England cricket team for at least one Test match. It has been updated to the end of the fifth Test against India in August 2014. Where a player has a dagger (†) next to a Test match series in which he captained at least one Test, that denotes that player deputised for the appointed captain or was appointed by the home authority for a minor proportion in a series. The dagger classification follows that adopted by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

English Test match captains
Number Name Year Report Opposition Location Played Won Lost Drawn
1 James Lillywhite 1876/7 Report Australia Australia 2 1 1 0[1]
2 Lord Harris
Lord Harris Vanity Fair.jpg
1878/9 Report Australia Australia 1 0 1 0
1880 Report Australia England 1 1 0 0
1884 Report Australia England 2 1 0 1
Total 4 2 1 1[1]
3 Alfred Shaw
AlfredShaw RedLillywhite1876.jpg
1881/2 Report Australia Australia 4 0 2 2[1]
4 A N Hornby
Albert Hornby.jpg
1882 Report Australia England 1 0 1 0
1884 † Report Australia England 1 0 0 1
Total 2 0 1 1[1]
5 Honourable Ivo Bligh
Ivo Bligh Vanity Fair 7 April 1904.jpg
1882/3 Report Australia Australia 4 2 2 0[1]
6 Arthur Shrewsbury
Arthur Shrewsbury.jpg
1884/5 Report Australia Australia 5 3 2 0
1886/7 Report Australia Australia 2 2 0 0
Total 7 5 2 0[1]
7 Allan Steel
Ranji 1897 page 259 A. G. Steel.jpg
1886 Report Australia England 3 3 0 0
1888† Report Australia England 1 0 1 0
Total 4 3 1 0[1]
8 Walter Read
WRead.jpg
1887/8 Report Australia Australia 1 1 0 0
1891/2 Report South Africa South Africa 1 1 0 0
Total 2 2 0 0[1]
9 W G Grace
WGGrace.jpg
1888 Report Australia England 2 2 0 0
1890 Report Australia England 2 2 0 0
1891/2 Report Australia Australia 3 1 2 0
1893 Report Australia England 2 1 0 1
1896 Report Australia England 3 2 1 0
1899†[2] Report Australia England 1 0 0 1
Total 13 8 3 2[1]
10 C. Aubrey Smith
C. Aubrey Smith in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936).jpg
1888/9 Report South Africa South Africa 1 1 0 0[1]
11 Monty Bowden[3] 1888/9† Report South Africa South Africa 1 1 0 0[1]
12 Andrew Stoddart
Ranji 1897 page 213 A. E. Stoddart's forward-drive.jpg
1893† Report Australia England 1 0 0 1
1894/5 Report Australia Australia 5 3 2 0
1897/8 Report Australia Australia 2 0 2 0
Total 8 3 4 1
13 Sir Tim O'Brien
Sir Tim O' Brien cricketer.jpg
1895/6† Report South Africa South Africa 1 1 0 0[1]
14 Lord Hawke
Lord Hawke - Vanity Fair-alt-edit-2-cropped.jpg
1895/6 Report South Africa South Africa 2 2 0 0
1898/9 Report South Africa South Africa 2 2 0 0
Total 4 4 0 0[1]
15 Archie MacLaren
Archie MacLaren.jpg
1897/8† Report Australia Australia 3 1 2 0
1899 Report Australia England 4 0 1 3
1901/2 Australia Australia 5 1 0 4
1902 Report Australia England 5 1 2 2
1909 Australia England 5 1 2 2
Total 22 4 7 11[1]
16 Plum Warner
Pelham Warner cricketer.jpg
1903/4 Report Australia Australia 5 3 2 0
1905/6 South Africa South Africa 5 1 4 0
Total 10 4 6 0[1]
17 Honourable Stanley Jackson
Ranji 1897 page 189 F. S. Jackson making an on-drive.jpg
1905 Australia England 5 2 0 3[1]
18 Tip Foster
RE Foster Cigarette Card.jpg
1907 South Africa South Africa 3 1 0 2[1]
19 Frederick Fane 1907/8† Australia Australia 3 1 2 0
1909/10† South Africa South Africa 2 1 1 0
Total 5 2 3 0[1]
20 Arthur Jones
Arthur Jones.jpg
1907/8 Australia Australia 2 0 2 0[1]
21 H D G Leveson-Gower
Ranji 1897 page 311 H. D. G. Leveson-Gower's push-stroke in the slips.jpg
1909/10 South Africa South Africa 3 1 2 0[1]
22 Johnny Douglas[4]
Johnny Douglas portrait.jpg
1911/2 Australia Australia 5 4 1 0
1913/4 South Africa South Africa 5 4 0 1
1920/1 Australia Australia 5 0 5 0
1921† Australia England 2 0 2 0
1924† South Africa England 1 0 0 1
Total 18 8 8 2[1]
23 C B Fry
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1912 Report South Africa England 3 3 0 0
1912 Report Australia England 3 1 0 2
Total 6 4 0 2[1]
24 Honourable Lionel Tennyson 1921 Australia England 3 0 1 2
25 Frank Mann[5] 1922/3 South Africa South Africa 5 2 1 2[1]
26 Arthur Gilligan[6]
Arthur Gilligan.jpg
1924 South Africa England 4 3 0 1
1924/5 Australia Australia 5 1 4 0
Total 9 4 4 1[1]
27 Arthur Carr 1926 Australia England 4 0 0 4
1929† South Africa England 2 1 0 1
Total 6 1 0 5[1]
28 Percy Chapman
Percy Chapman.jpg
1926† Australia England 1 1 0 0
1928 West Indies England 3 3 0 0
1928/9 Australia Australia 4 4 0 0
1930 Australia England 4 1 1 2
1930/1 South Africa South Africa 5 0 1 4
Total 17 9 2 6[1]
29 Rony Stanyforth 1927/8 South Africa South Africa 4 2 1 1[1]
30 Greville Stevens 1927/8† South Africa South Africa 1 0 1 0[1]
31 Jack White 1928/9† Australia Australia 1 0 1 0
1929 South Africa England 3 1 0 2
Total 4 1 1 2[1]
32 Harold Gilligan[6] 1929/30[7] New Zealand New Zealand 4 [8] 1 0 3
33 Honourable Freddie Calthorpe 1929/30[7] West Indies West Indies 4 1 1 2[1]
34 Bob Wyatt
Bob Wyatt Cigarette Card.jpg
1930† Australia England 1 0 1 0
1932/3† New Zealand New Zealand 1 0 0 1
1933† West Indies England 1 0 0 1
1934 Australia England 4 1 1 2
1934/5 West Indies West Indies 4 1 2 1
1935 South Africa England 5 0 1 4
Total 16 3 5 8[1]
35 Douglas Jardine
Douglas Jardine.jpg
1931 New Zealand England 3 1 0 2
1932 India England 1 1 0 0
1932/3 Report Australia Australia 5 4 1 0
1932/3 New Zealand New Zealand 1 0 0 1
1933 West Indies England 2 1 0 1
1933/4 India India 3 2 0 1
Total 15 9 1 5[1]
36 Cyril Walters 1934† Australia England 1 0 1 0[1]
37 Gubby Allen
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1936 India England 3 2 0 1
1936/7 Australia Australia 5 2 3 0
1947/8 West Indies West Indies 3 0 2 1
Total 11 4 5 2[1]
38 Walter Robins
1937 New Zealand England 3 1 0 2[1]
39 Wally Hammond
Wally Hammond.jpg
1938 Australia England 4 1 1 2
1938/9 South Africa South Africa 5 1 0 4
1939 West Indies England 3 1 0 2
1946 India England 3 1 0 2
1946/7 Australia Australia 4 0 2 2
1946/7 New Zealand New Zealand 1 0 0 1
Total 20 4 3 13[1]
40 Norman Yardley 1946/7† Australia Australia 1 0 1 0
1947 South Africa England 5 3 0 2
1948 Australia England 5 0 4 1
1950 West Indies England 3 1 2 0
Total 14 4 7 3[1]
41 Ken Cranston 1947/8† West Indies West Indies 1 0 0 1[1]
42 George Mann[5] 1948/9 South Africa South Africa 5 2 0 3
1949 New Zealand England 2 0 0 2
Total 7 2 0 5[1]
43 Freddie Brown
Freddie Brown Cigarette Card.jpg
1949† New Zealand England 2 0 0 2
1950† West Indies England 1 0 1 0
1950/1 Australia Australia 5 1 4 0
1950/1 New Zealand New Zealand 2 1 0 1
1951 South Africa England 5 3 1 1
Total 15 5 6 4[1]
44 Nigel Howard 1951/2 India India 4 1 0 3[1]
45 Donald Carr 1951/2† India India 1 0 1 0[1]
46 Len Hutton
1952 India England 4 3 0 1
1953 Australia England 5 1 0 4
1953/4 Report West Indies West Indies 5 2 2 1
1954 Pakistan England 2 0 1 1
1954/5 Australia Australia 5 3 1 1
1954/5 New Zealand New Zealand 2 2 0 0
Total 23 11 4 8[1]
47 David Sheppard
1954† Pakistan Pakistan 2 1 0 1[1]
48 Peter May
1955 South Africa England 5 3 2 0
1956 Australia England 5 2 1 2
1956/7 South Africa South Africa 5 2 2 1
1957 West Indies England 5 3 0 2
1958 New Zealand England 5 4 0 1
1958/9 Australia Australia 5 0 4 1
1958/9 New Zealand New Zealand 2 1 0 1
1959 India England 3 3 0 0
1959/60 West Indies West Indies 3 1 0 2
1961 Australia England 3 1 1 1
Total 41 20 10 11[9]
49 Colin Cowdrey[10]
1959† India England 2 2 0 0
1959/1960† West Indies West Indies 2 0 0 2
1960 South Africa England 5 3 0 2
1961† Australia England 2 0 1 1
1962† Pakistan England 1 1 0 0
1966 West Indies England 3 0 2 1
1967/8 West Indies West Indies 5 1 0 4
1968 Australia England 4 1 1 2
1968/9 Pakistan Pakistan 3 0 0 3
Total 27 8 4 15[9]
50 Ted Dexter 1961/2 Pakistan Pakistan 3 1 0 2
1961/2 India India 5 0 2 3
1962 Pakistan England 4 3 0 1
1962/3 Australia Australia 5 1 1 3
1962/3 New Zealand New Zealand 3 3 0 0
1963 West Indies England 5 1 3 1
1964 Australia England 5 0 1 4
Total 30 9 7 14[9]
51 M. J. K. Smith 1963/4 India India 5 0 0 5
1964/5 South Africa South Africa 5 1 0 4
1965 New Zealand England 3 3 0 0
1965 South Africa England 3 0 1 2
1965/6 Australia Australia 5 1 1 3
1965/6 New Zealand New Zealand 3 0 0 3
1966† West Indies England 1 0 1 0
Total 25 5 3 17[9]
52 Brian Close 1966† West Indies England 1 1 0 0
1967 India England 3 3 0 0
1967 Pakistan England 3 2 0 1
Total 7 6 0 1[1]
53 Tom Graveney
1968† Australia England 1 0 0 1[1]
54 Ray Illingworth[11] 1969 West Indies England 3 2 0 1
1969 New Zealand England 3 2 0 1
1970/1 Australia Australia 6[12] 2 0 4[12]
1970/1 New Zealand New Zealand 2 1 0 1
1971 Pakistan England 3 1 0 2
1971 India England 3 0 1 2
1972 Australia England 5 2 2 1
1973 New Zealand England 3 2 0 1
1973 West Indies England 3 0 2 1
Total 31 12 5 14[9]
55 Tony Lewis 1972/3 India India 5 1 2 2
1972/3 Pakistan Pakistan 3 0 0 3
Total 8 1 2 5[1]
56 Mike Denness
Mike Denness.jpg
1973/4 West Indies West Indies 5 1 1 3
1974 India England 3 3 0 0
1974 Pakistan England 3 0 0 3
1974/5 Australia Australia 5 1 3 1
1974/5 New Zealand New Zealand 2 1 0 1
1975† Australia England 1 0 1 0
Total 19 6 5 8[1]
57 John Edrich 1974/5† Australia Australia 1 0 1 0[1]
58 Tony Greig
1975 Australia England 3 0 0 3
1976 West Indies England 5 0 3 2
1976/7 India India 5 3 1 1
1976/7 Australia Australia 1 0 1 0
Total 14 3 5 6[1]
59 Mike Brearley 1977 Australia England 5 3 0 2
1977/8 Pakistan Pakistan 2 0 0 2
1978 Pakistan England 3 2 0 1
1978 New Zealand England 3 3 0 0
1978/9 Australia Australia 6 5 1 0
1979 India England 4 1 0 3
1979/80 Australia Australia 3 0 3 0
1979/80 India India 1 1 0 0
1981 Australia England 4 3 0 1
Total 31 18 4 9[9]
60 Geoffrey Boycott
Boycott2.jpg
1977/8† Pakistan Pakistan 1 0 0 1
1977/8 New Zealand New Zealand 3 1 1 1
Total 4 1 1 2[1]
61 Ian Botham
1980 West Indies England 5 0 1 4
1980 Australia England 1 0 0 1
1980/1 West Indies West Indies 4 0 2 2
1981† Australia England 2 0 1 1
Total 12 0 4 8[1]
62 Keith Fletcher 1981/2 India India 6 0 1 5
1981/2 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 1 1 0 0
Total 7 1 1 5[1]
63 Bob Willis
BobwillisatTaunton.jpg
1982 India England 3 1 0 2
1982 Pakistan England 2 2 0 0
1982/3 Australia Australia 5 1 2 2
1983 New Zealand England 4 3 1 0
1983/4 New Zealand New Zealand 3 0 1 2
1983/4† Pakistan Pakistan 1 0 1 0
Total 18 7 5 6[1]
64 David Gower
David Gower.jpg
1982† Pakistan England 1 0 1 0
1983/4 Pakistan Pakistan 2 0 0 2
1984 West Indies England 5 0 5 0
1984 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 1 0 0 1
1984/5 India India 5 2 1 2
1985 Australia England 6 3 1 2
1985/6 West Indies West Indies 5 0 5 0
1986† India England 1 0 1 0
1989 Australia England 6 0 4 2
Total 32 5 18 9[9]
65 Mike Gatting 1986 India England 2 0 1 1
1986 New Zealand England 3 0 1 2
1986/7 Australia Australia 5 2 1 2
1987 Pakistan England 5 0 1 4
1987/8 Pakistan Pakistan 3 0 1 2
1987/8 Australia Australia 1 0 0 1
1987/8 New Zealand New Zealand 3 0 0 3
1988† West Indies England 1 0 0 1
Total 23 2 5 16[1]
66 John Emburey 1988 West Indies England 2 0 2 0[1]
67 Chris Cowdrey[10] 1988† West Indies England 1 0 1 0[1]
68 Graham Gooch
Graham Gooch 2005.jpg
1988† West Indies England 1 0 1 0
1988 Sri Lanka England 1 1 0 0
1989/90 West Indies West Indies 2 1 0 1
1990 New Zealand England 3 1 0 2
1990 India England 3 1 0 2
1990/1 Australia Australia 4 0 2 2
1991 West Indies England 5 2 2 1
1991 Sri Lanka England 1 1 0 0
1991/2 New Zealand New Zealand 3 2 0 1
1992 Pakistan England 5 1 2 2
1992/3 India India 2 0 2 0
1993 Australia England 4 0 3 1
Total 34 10 12 12[9]
69 Allan Lamb 1989/90† West Indies West Indies 2 0 2 0
1990/1† Australia Australia 1 0 1 0
Total 3 0 3 0[1]
70 Alec Stewart 1992/3† India India 1 0 1 0
1992/3 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 1 0 1 0
1998 South Africa England 5 2 1 2
1998 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 1 0 1 0
1998/9 Australia Australia 5 1 3 1
2000† West Indies England 1 1 0 0
2001† Pakistan England 1 0 1 0
Total 15 4 8 3[1]
71 Michael Atherton
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1993† Australia England 2 1 1 0
1993/4 West Indies West Indies 5 1 3 1
1994 New Zealand England 3 1 0 2
1994 South Africa England 3 1 1 1
1994/5 Australia Australia 5 1 3 1
1995 West Indies England 6 2 2 2
1995/6 South Africa South Africa 5 0 1 4
1996 India England 3 1 0 2
1996 Pakistan England 3 0 2 1
1996/7 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 2 0 0 2
1996/7 New Zealand New Zealand 3 2 0 1
1997 Australia England 6 2 3 1
1997/8 West Indies West Indies 6 1 3 2
2001† Australia England 2 0 2 0
Total 54 13 21 20[9]
72 Nasser Hussain
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1999 New Zealand England 3 1 2 0
1999/2000 South Africa South Africa 5 1 2 2
2000 Zimbabwe England 2 1 0 1
2000 West Indies England 4 2 1 1
2000/1 Pakistan Pakistan 3 1 0 2
2000/1 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 3 2 1 0
2001 Pakistan England 1 1 0 0
2001 Australia England 3 1 2 0
2001/2 India India 3 0 1 2
2001/2 New Zealand New Zealand 3 1 1 1
2002 Sri Lanka England 3 2 0 1
2002 India England 4 1 1 2
2002/3 Report Australia Australia 5 1 4 0
2003 Zimbabwe England 2 2 0 0
2003 South Africa England 1 0 0 1
Total 45 17 15 13[9]
73 Mark Butcher
Cricket, Oval, 26th April 2007 006.jpg
1999† New Zealand England 1 0 0 1[13]
74 Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan600.jpg
2003 South Africa England 4 2 2 0
2003/4 Bangladesh Bangladesh 2 2 0 0
2003/4 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 3 0 1 2
2003/4 West Indies West Indies 4 3 0 1
2004 New Zealand England 2 2 0 0
2004 West Indies England 4 4 0 0
2004/5 South Africa South Africa 5 2 1 2
2005 Report Bangladesh England 2 2 0 0
2005 Report Australia England 5 2 1 2
2005/6 Report Pakistan Pakistan 2 0 1 1
2007 Report West Indies England 3 3 0 0
2007 Report India England 3 0 1 2
2007 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 3 0 1 2
2008 New Zealand New Zealand 3 2 1 0
2008 New Zealand England 3 2 0 1
2008 South Africa England 3 0 2 1
Total 51 26 11 14
75 Marcus Trescothick
Tresco1.jpg
2004† New Zealand England 1 1 0 0
2005/6† Report Pakistan Pakistan 1 0 1 0
Total 2 1 1 0[1]
76 Andrew Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff.jpg
2006 Report India India 3 1 1 1
2006 Sri Lanka England 3 1 1 1
2006/7 Report Australia Australia 5 0 5 0
Total 11 2 7 2
77 Andrew Strauss
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2006 Report Pakistan England 4 3 0 1
2007† Report West Indies England 1 0 0 1
2008/9 Report West Indies West Indies 5 0 1 4
2009 Report West Indies England 2 2 0 0
2009 Report Australia England 5 2 1 2
2009 Report South Africa South Africa 4 1 1 2
2010 Report Bangladesh England 2 2 0 0
2010 Report Pakistan England 4 3 1 0
2010/11 Report Australia Australia 5 3 1 1
2011 Report Sri Lanka England 3 1 0 2
2011 Report India England 4 4 0 0
2012 Report Pakistan U.A.E. 3 0 3 0
2012 Report Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 2 1 1 0
2012 Report West Indies England 3 2 0 1
2012 Report South Africa England 3 0 2 1
Total 50 24 11 15
78 Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen.jpg
2008 South Africa England 1 1 0 0
2008 India India 2 0 1 1
Total 3 1 1 1
79 Alastair Cook
Alastair Cook.jpg
2010 Report Bangladesh Bangladesh 2 2 0 0
2012 Report India India 4 2 1 1
2013 Report New Zealand New Zealand 3 0 0 3
2013 Report New Zealand England 2 2 0 0
2013 Report Australia England 5 3 0 2
2013/14 Report Australia Australia 5 0 5 0
2013/14 Report Sri Lanka England 2 0 1 1
2013/14 Report India England 5 3 1 1
Total 26 12 8 8
Grand Total 952 339 275 338

Men's ODI captains[edit]

This is a complete list of every man who has captained England in at least one One Day International. It is complete up to the end of the home series against India in September 2014.

Six men (Alan Knott, Norman Gifford, Adam Hollioake, Graham Thorpe, Paul Collingwood and Eoin Morgan) have captained the England one-day side without captaining the Test team.

English ODI captains[14]
Number Name Period of captaincy Played Won Tied Lost No result
1 Ray Illingworth 1970/1–1973 3 1 0 1 1
2 Brian Close 1972 3 2 0 1 0
3 Mike Denness 1973–1975 12 7 0 4 1
4 John Edrich 1974/5 1 0 0 0 1
5 Alan Knott 1976 1 0 0 1 0
6 Tony Greig 1976 2 0 0 2 0
7 Mike Brearley 1977–1979/80 25 15 0 9 1
8 Geoffrey Boycott 1977/8–1978 2 2 0 0 0
9 Bob Willis 1978–1983/4 29 16 0 13 0
10 Ian Botham 1980–1981 9 4 0 5 0
11 Keith Fletcher 1981/2 5 2 0 3 0
12 David Gower 1983/4–1989 24 10 1 13 0
13 Norman Gifford 1984/5 2 0 0 2 0
14 Mike Gatting 1986–1988 37 26 0 11 0
15 John Emburey 1986/7–1987 4 2 0 2 0
16 Graham Gooch 1988–1993 50 24 0 23 3
17 Allan Lamb 1989/90–1990/1 4 1 0 3 0
18 Alec Stewart 1991/2–2002/3 41 15 0 25 1
19 Mike Atherton 1993/4–1997 43 20 1 21 1
20 Nasser Hussain 1996/7–2002/3 56 28 0 27 1
21 Adam Hollioake 1997/8–1998/9 14 6 0 8 0
22 Graham Thorpe 2001 3 0 0 3 0
23 Marcus Trescothick 2001–2005 10 5 0 5 0
24 Michael Vaughan 2003–2007 60 32 2 22 4
25 Andrew Flintoff 2006–2007 14 4 0 10 0
26 Andrew Strauss 2006–2011 62 27 1 33 1
27 Paul Collingwood 2007–2008 25 11 1 12 1
28 Kevin Pietersen 2008 12 4 0 6 2
29 Alastair Cook 2010–2014 69 36 1 30 2
30 Eoin Morgan 2011- 8 4 0 3 1
31 Stuart Broad 2014 3 2 0 1 0
Grand total 626 303 7 295 21

Men's Twenty20 International captains[edit]

England played their first Twenty20 International in June 2005.

English Twenty20 International captains[15]
Number Name Period of captaincy Played Won Tied Lost No result
1 Michael Vaughan 2005–2006/7 2 1 0 1 0
2 Andrew Strauss 2006–2009 3 0 0 3 0
3 Paul Collingwood 2007–2010 30 17 0 11 2
4 Alastair Cook 2009 1 0 0 1 0
5 Stuart Broad 2011–present 27 11 0 15 1
6 Graeme Swann 2011 3 2 1 0 0
7 Eoin Morgan 2012-present 7 3 0 4 0
8 James Tredwell 2013 1 0 0 0 1
Grand total 74 34 0 36 4

Other men's captains[edit]

England v Rest of the World, 1970[edit]

In 1970, the proposed South African tour of England was aborted. To replace the tour, a series of five games was played between a "Rest of the World" XI and the England Test team. At the time, these matches were thought of as Test matches. However, later they were stripped of Test status. England's captain in all five games was Ray Illingworth, who won one game, and lost the other four.

English Rebel Test match captains
Number Name Year Opposition Location Played Won Lost Drawn
1 Ray Illingworth 1970 Rest of the World England 5 1 4 0
Grand total 5 1 4 0

Rebel tours to South Africa[edit]

South Africa was banned from world cricket in the 1970s and 1980s because of the apartheid regime then operating in that country. In the 1980s, South Africa paid a number of leading cricketers to visit on private tours.[16] The visitors were identified by country, and they played matches that were called "Test matches" in South Africa. These games, however, have no official status.[17]

English Rebel Test match captains
Number Name Year Opposition Location Played Won Lost Drawn
1 Graham Gooch 1981/2 South Africa South Africa 3 0 1 2
2 Mike Gatting 1989/90 South Africa South Africa 1 0 1 0
Grand total 4 0 2 2

They also played a number of One Day Internationals. Again, these do not have any official status.

English Rebel ODI captains
Number Name Period of captaincy Played Won Tied Lost No result
1 Graham Gooch 1981/2 3 0 0 3 0
2 Mike Gatting 1989/90 4 1 0 3 0
Grand total 7 1 0 6 0

Youth cricket[edit]

Test match captains[edit]

This is a list of cricketers who have captained the English U-19 cricket team for at least one under-19 Test match. The table of results is complete to September 2014. Where a player has a dagger (†) next to a Test match series in which he captained at least one Test, that denotes that player was captain for a minor proportion in a series.

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English Under-19 Test match captains
Number Name Year Opposition Location Played Won Lost Drawn
1 Nigel Briers 1974 West Indies England 3 0 1 2
2 Chris Cowdrey 1976 West Indies England 1 1 0 0
3 Kevin Sharp 1978 West Indies England 3 1 0 2
4 Nigel Felton 1978/9 Australia Australia 2 0 0 2
5 Tim Boon 1979/80 West Indies West Indies 3 0 2 1
1981 India India 3 0 0 3
Total 6 0 2 4
6 Laurie Potter 1982 West Indies England 3 0 2 1
7 Hugh Morris 1983 Australia England 3 1 2 0
8 Neil Lenham 1984/5 West Indies West Indies 3 0 2 1
9 Mike Roseberry 1986 Sri Lanka England 3 1 0 2
10 Trevor Ward 1986/7† Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 1 0 0 1
11 Mike Atherton 1986/7 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 2 0 0 2
12 Mark Ramprakash 1989 New Zealand England 2 0 1 1
13 Nick Knight 1989† New Zealand England 1 0 0 1
14 Wayne Noon 1989/90 Australia Australia 3 0 1 2
1990 Pakistan England 3 1 0 2
Total 6 1 1 4
15 John Crawley 1990/1 New Zealand New Zealand 3 0 2 1
1991 Australia England 3 1 1 1
Total 6 1 3 2
16 Phil Weston 1991/2 Pakistan Pakistan 3 1 1 1
1992 Sri Lanka England 3 1 0 2
Total 6 2 1 3
17 Matthew Walker 1992/3 India India 3 1 1 1
1993 West Indies England 3 1 0 2
Total 6 2 1 3
18 Michael Vaughan 1993/4 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 3 0 1 2
1994 India England 3 0 1 2
Total 6 0 2 4
19 Marcus Trescothick 1994/5 West Indies West Indies 3 0 1 2
1995 South Africa England 3 2 0 1
Total 6 2 1 3
20 Alex Morris 1995/6 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 3 2 0 1
1996† New Zealand England 1 0 0 1
Total 4 2 0 2
21 Gareth Batty 1996 New Zealand England 2 0 1 1
22 Andrew Flintoff 1996/7 Pakistan Pakistan 3 1 0 2
1997 Zimbabwe England 2 1 0 1
Total 5 2 0 3
23 Zac Morris 1997† Zimbabwe England 1 1 0 0
24 Paul Franks 1997/8 South Africa South Africa 1 0 0 1
25 Owais Shah 1997/8† South Africa South Africa 1 0 0 1
1998 Pakistan England 3 2 1 0
Total 4 2 1 1
26 Michael Gough 1998/9 New Zealand New Zealand 3 1 1 1
1999 Australia England 3 1 1 1
Total 6 2 2 2
27 Ian Bell 2000 Sri Lanka England 2 1 1 0
2000/1 India India 3 0 1 2
2001 West Indies England 1 0 0 1
Total 6 1 2 3
28 Mark Wallace 2000† Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 1 0 1 0
29 Nicky Peng 2001† West Indies England 1 0 1 0
30 Joe Sayers 2001† West Indies England 1 0 0 1
2003† South Africa England 1 0 1 0
Total 2 0 1 1
31 Paul McMahon 2002 India England 3 1 0 2
32 Bilal Shafayat 2002/3 Australia Australia 3 1 2 0
2003 South Africa England 2 0 1 1
Total 5 1 3 1
33 Alastair Cook 2004 Bangladesh England 3 2 0 1
34 Steven Davies 2004/5 India India 3 0 3 0
35 Varun Chopra 2005 Sri Lanka England 3 3 0 0
2006 India England 3 0 1 2
Total 6 3 1 2
35 Ben Wright 2007 Pakistan England 1 1 0 0
36 Rory Hamilton-Brown 2007 Pakistan England 1 0 1 0
37 Tom Westley 2008 New Zealand England 2 1 0 1
38 Hamza Riazuddin 2009 Bangladesh England 2 1 0 1
39 Azeem Rafiq 2009/10 Bangladesh Bangladesh 1 0 1 0
2010 Sri Lanka England 1 0 1 0
Total 2 0 2 0
40 Paul Best 2010† Sri Lanka England 1 1 0 0
41 Lewis Gregory 2011 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 2 0 0 2
42 Olly Stone 2013 South Africa South Africa 2 1 1 0
43 Will Rhodes 2014 South Africa South Africa 2 0 0 2
Grand total 137 34 39 64

Youth One-Day International captains[edit]

This is a list of cricketers who have captained the English U-19 cricket team for at least one Under-19 One Day International. The table of results is complete to the end of the home series against South Africa in 2014.

English Under-19 ODI captains
Number Name Year Played Won Tied Lost No result
1 Chris Cowdrey 1976 1 1 0 0 0
2 Kevin Sharp 1977–1978 3 2 0 1 0
3 Nigel Felton 1978/9 1 0 0 1 0
4 Tim Boon 1981 1 1 0 0 0
5 Laurie Potter 1982 2 2 0 0 0
6 Hugh Morris 1983 2 1 0 1 0
7 Neil Lenham 1984/5 3 1 0 2 0
8 Mike Roseberry 1986 2 0 0 2 0
9 Mike Atherton 1986/7–1987/8 11 5 0 6 0
10 Mark Ramprakash 1989 3 3 0 0 0
11 Wayne Noon 1989/90–1990 4 1 0 3 0
12 John Crawley 1990/1–1991 4 0 0 4 0
13 Phil Weston 1991/2 3 0 0 3 0
14 Matthew Walker 1992/3–1993 5 2 0 3 0
15 Michael Vaughan 1993/4–1994 5 3 0 2 0
16 Marcus Trescothick 1994/5–1995 5 4 0 1 0
17 Alex Morris 1995/6 1 1 0 0 0
18 Owais Shah 1996–1998 14 7 0 6 1
19 Andrew Flintoff 1996/7–1997 3 3 0 0 0
20 Michael Gough 1998/9–1999 6 2 0 4 0
21 Alex Loudon 1999/2000 6 3 0 3 0
22 Ian Bell 2000–2001 9 5 0 4 0
23 Nicky Peng 2001/2 6 2 0 4 0
24 Paul McMahon 2002 3 0 0 3 0
25 Bilal Shafayat 2002/3 3 0 0 3 0
26 Samit Patel 2002/3–2003 4 1 0 2 1
27 Alastair Cook 2003/4–2004 8 6 0 2 0
28 Steven Davies 2004/5 5 1 0 4 0
29 Varun Chopra 2005–2005/6, 2006 12 2 0 9 1
30 Moeen Ali 2005/6 5 3 0 2 0
31 Greg Wood 2006/7 11 5 0 6 0
32 Rory Hamilton-Brown 2007 5 1 0 3 1
33 Alex Wakely 2007/8 8 3 0 5 0
34 Tom Westley 2007/8–2008 7 2 1 1 3
35 Liam Dawson 2008/9 5 2 0 3 0
36 Azeem Rafiq 2009-2009/10 14 4 0 9 1
37 Paul Best 2009/10-2010 8 4 0 3 1
38 Lewis Gregory 2010/11 3 0 0 2 1
39 Adam Ball 2011/12 27 13 0 13 1
40 Ben Duckett 2013 11 2 0 9 0
41 Jonathan Tattersall 2013 1 0 1 0 0
42 Lewis McManus 2013 1 0 1 0 0
43 Will Rhodes 2013/14 14 9 0 5 0
Grand total 255 105 1 138 11

Women's cricket[edit]

Test match captains[edit]

This is a list of cricketers who have captained the English women's cricket team for at least one women's Test match. The table of results is complete to the home Test against India in 2014. Where a player has a dagger (†) next to a Test match series in which she captained at least one Test, that denotes that player was captain for a minor proportion in a series.

English women's Test match captains[18]
Number Name Year Opposition Location Played Won Lost Drawn
1 Betty Archdale 1934/5 Australia Australia 3 2 0 1
1934/5 New Zealand New Zealand 1 1 0 0
Total 4 3 0 1
2 Molly Hide 1937 Australia England 3 1 1 1
1948/9 Australia Australia 3 0 1 2
1948/9 New Zealand New Zealand 1 1 0 0
1951† Australia England 1 1 0 0
1954 New Zealand England 3 1 0 2
Total 11 4 2 5
3 Myrtle Maclagan 1951 Australia England 2 0 1 1
4 Mary Duggan 1957/8 New Zealand New Zealand 2 0 0 2
1957/8 Australia Australia 2 0 0 2
1963 Australia England 3 1 0 2
Total 7 1 0 6
5 Cecilia Robinson 1957/8† Australia Australia 1 0 0 1
6 Helen Sharpe 1960/1 South Africa South Africa 4 1 0 3
7 Rachael Heyhoe-Flint 1966 New Zealand England 3 0 0 3
1968/9 Australia Australia 3 0 0 3
1968/9 New Zealand New Zealand 3 2 0 1
1976 Australia England 3 0 0 3
Total 12 2 0 10
8 Susan Goatman 1979 West Indies England 3 2 0 1
9 Jan Southgate 1984 New Zealand England 3 0 0 3
1984/5 Australia Australia 5 1 2 2
Total 8 1 2 5
10 Carole Hodges 1986 India England 3 0 0 3
1987 Australia England 3 0 1 2
Total 6 0 1 5
11 Helen Plimmer 1991/2 New Zealand New Zealand 3 1 0 2
1991/2 Australia Australia 1 0 1 0
Total 4 1 1 2
12 Karen Smithies 1995/6 India India 3 1 0 2
1996 New Zealand England 3 0 0 3
1998 Australia England 3 0 0 3
1999 India England 1 0 0 1
Total 10 1 0 9
13 Clare Connor 2001 Australia England 2 0 2 0
2001/2 India India 1 0 0 1
2002 India England 1 0 0 1
2002/3 Australia Australia 2 0 1 1
2003 South Africa England 2 1 0 1
2004 New Zealand England 1 0 0 1
2005 Australia England 2 1 0 1
Total 11 2 3 6
14 Charlotte Edwards 2005 India India 1 0 0 1
2006 India England 2 0 1 1
2008 Australia Australia 1 0 0 1
2009 Australia England 1 1 0 0
2011 Australia Australia 1 1 0 0
2013 Australia England 1 0 0 1
2014 Australia Australia 1 1 0 0
2014 India England 1 0 1 0
Total 9 2 3 4
Grand total 92 20 13 59

Women's One-Day International captains[edit]

This is a list of cricketers who have captained the English women's cricket team for at least one women's one-day international. The table of results is complete to the end of the home series against South Africa in September 2014.

English women's ODI captains[19]
Number Name Year Played Won Tied Lost No result
1 Rachael Heyhoe-Flint 1973–1976 9 7 0 2 0
2 Mary Pilling 1977/8 3 2 0 1 0
3 Susan Goatman 1979–1981/2 15 8 2 5 0
4 Jan Southgate 1984–1984/5 6 3 0 3 0
5 Carole Hodges 1986–1987 5 4 0 1 0
6 Jane Powell 1988/9–1990 16 13 0 3 0
7 Karen Smithies 1990–1999/2000 45 23 0 21 1
8 Helen Plimmer 1991–1991/2 8 5 0 2 1
9 Ella Donnison 1999 3 3 0 0 0
10 Clare Connor 2000–05 66 26 0 39 1
11 Arran Brindle 2001 3 2 0 1 0
12 Charlotte Edwards 2005–present 106 66 0 33 7
13 Nicki Shaw 2007-10 4 3 0 1 0
Grand total 289 165 2 112 10

Women's Twenty20 International captains[edit]

This is a list of cricketers who have captained the English women's cricket team for at least one women's Twenty20 International. The table of results is complete as of 11 September 2014.

English women's Twenty20 International captains[20]
Number Name Year Played Won Tied Lost No result
1 Clare Connor 2004–2005 2 0 0 2 0
2 Charlotte Edwards 2006–2009 79 58 1 19 1
3 Nicki Shaw 2007 1 0 0 1 0
4 Jenny Gunn 2010-2013 3 2 0 1 0
Grand total 85 60 2 22 1

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  2. ^ W G Grace, playing his last Test was 50 years and 320 days old when the match ended. Only Wilfred Rhodes, who was making his debut in this Test, played Test cricket at a greater age.
  3. ^ Monty Bowden, aged 23 years 144 days, became England's youngest captain on 25 March 1889, three years before dying in Umtali Hospital – a glorified mud hut where his body had to be protected from marauding lions prior to being interred in a coffin made from whisky cases.
  4. ^ Plum Warner captained the touring party, but illness prevented him from appearing in any of the Tests
  5. ^ a b George Mann was the son of Frank Mann, making them the first father and son to both captain England.
  6. ^ a b Arthur Gilligan and Harold Gilligan were brothers: the first brothers to captain England.
  7. ^ a b England had two overlapping Test series in the winter of 1929/30. Their first Test against New Zealand started on 10 January 1930. Their first Test against the West Indies started on 11 January 1930, making the first time England had simultaneously played two Test matches at once.
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