Eng vs Aus head to head: Ashes tests, ODI, T20

ENG vs AUS head to head is always a blockbuster event not just in Test cricket but other two formats as well. England and Australia share the most prestigious and storied rivalry in cricket. The Ashes is one of the biggest attractions in the sport with not only fans from these two countries but also from other countries following it madly. ENG vs AUS is always a blockbuster event not just in Test cricket but other two formats as well and here's the head to head for the rivalry.

The first time England and Australia faced off was in 1876-77. The Ashes originated in 1882 when England lost the solitary Test and The Sporting Times declared it the death of English cricket stating, “The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.” Since then, the two teams have given it their all to claim the Ashes urn. 

The infamous ‘Bodyline' series in 1932-33 forced a change in the laws of the game. England bowled fast and at the bodies of the Australian batters in this series with close-in fielders on the leg side. England won the Ashes series by 4-1 but the bodyline tactic was considered against the sportsmanship spirit and received heavy criticism. 

The rivalry has had some of the greatest names in the sport. From Don Bradman to Jack Hobbs to Ian Botham to Glenn McGrath to Shane Warne to Steve Smith, the list is endless. It also has witnessed some of the greatest moments. Be it the 2005-06 Ashes series, which is regarded as the best ever, or the 2019 Ashes where Ben Stokes did the unthinkable at Headingley.

But who has had the upper hand in the ENG vs AUS Head to Head rivalry. 

ENG vs AUS head to head records 

Here’s a closer look at the Ashes head to head records and England vs Australia stats, and history:

England and Australia have been two of the oldest cricketing members so it's not a surprise they have faced each other an enormous amount of times. The two teams have played 534 matches against each other across three formats. Australia have won 247 of those games while England have claimed 184 matches.

Matches Played 534
England Won 184
Australia Won 247
Tied 2
Draw 96
No Result  5

ENG vs AUS head to head in Tests 

Australia have been the more successful side in the ENG vs AUS rivalry. The two competitors have faced each other in 356 Tests in the Ashes history. Australia have won 150 matches whereas England have won 110. As many as 96 matches have ended in draws.

Matches Played 356
England Won 110
Australia Won 150
Draw 96


Eng vs Aus head to head
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The Ashes is held in these two countries in alternate editions. Australia have been very dominant in their own backyard. There have been 185 Tests played in Australia, with the home side winning 99 of those and England coming out on top in 57 games. 

The Test rivalry has been a lot more competitive in England. These two sides have clashed in 171 Tests in England, of which the home side won 53 while the visitors claimed 51 matches. 

Talking about their Test rivalry since 2010, there have been seven Ashes series played with both sides winning thrice each and one series getting drawn. The drawn series happened in 2019 in England, when both sides won two games each. The previous Ashes was held in Australia, where the hosts decimated England by 4-0. 

ENG vs AUS head to head in ODIs 

Much like the longer format, Australia have been the stronger side in ODI cricket. In fact, Australia have been the most successful side ever in the fifty-over format, having won four ODI World Cups and one Champions Trophy. England were so far behind in the format until 2015 when they started a white ball revolution and even won the 2019 World Cup.

As for their head to head record, Australia have won 87 out of 155 ODI matches between the two teams. England, on the other hand, have been victorious in 63 matches while two games were tied. 

Matches Played 155
England Won 63
Australia Won 87
Tie 2
No Result 3

ENG vs AUS head to head in T20Is

With their focus mostly on the Ashes, the two arch-rivals haven't played much T20 cricket against each other. They have clashed in 23 T20 internationals, with England winning 11 and Australia coming out victorious on 10 occasions.

Matches Played 23
England Won 11
Australia Won 10
No Result 2

ENG vs AUS all-time stats | Top performers

Top Batters 

Don Bradman, widely regarded as the greatest, tops the list of most runs scored in the ENG vs AUS head to head rivalry. He played 37 Tests against England, amassing 5028 runs at an average of 89.78. Bradman hit 19 centuries in this rivalry. Bradman's 974 runs in the 1930 series at an average of 139.14 still remains a record for most runs in a series.

Alan Border scored 4850 runs in these clashes while Steve Smith occupies the third spot with 4261 runs. Smith has 3044 runs against England in Test cricket at an average of 59.68 and he will be looking to add to those in the upcoming Ashes.

Batter Runs
Don Bradman 5028
Alan Border 4850
Steve Smith 4261
Ricky Ponting 4141
David Gower 4063
Graham Gooch 4027

Top Bowlers 

Shane Warne has an unmatched legacy in the sport and he was one of the best performers in the ENG vs AUS matches. Warne leads the bowling charts in this rivalry with 217 wickets from 54 matches across formats. He averaged 24.25 per wicket. 

Glenn McGrath is second on the list with 213 wickets at an average of 21.28. England's greatest bowling pair of Stuart Broad and James Anderson occupy the fifth and sixth spots on the list, respectively. Broad has 167 wickets versus Australia while Anderson has taken 151.

Bowler Wickets
Shane Warne 217
Glenn McGrath 213
Dennis Lilee 198
Ian Botham 183
Stuart Broad 167
James Anderson 151



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