Why scoring 500 is such an important achievement for England

Does scoring 500 in India mean England are heading for a win?

Why scoring 500 is such an important achievement for England

After a score of 537 in their first innings in Rajkot, England have momentarily at least, silenced their critics after a poor showing in Bangladesh. Although it’s early days in the series, scoring 500 in India is an achievement itself.

it has been four years since a team has played there and scored over 500 in an innings, which was England back in the famous tour of 2012. 190 from Alistair Cook was helped by Compton (57), Trott (87) and Pietersen (54) to an excellent total of 523. They went onto win the game by 7 wickets.

The recent history certainly bodes well for England’s chances in this match. In the last 10 years, no team touring India has amassed 500 in an innings and gone onto the lose the game, though the draw looks highly likely from here as the below shows. Out of the seven games this has occurred, only two games have been won. The game we mentioned above and South Africa in 2010.

Team Score Year/Test Result
England 523 2012/3rd Eng Win
West Indies 590 2011/3rd Drawn
South Africa 558 2010/1st SA Won
Sri Lanka 760 2009/1st Drawn
Australia 577 2008/3rd Drawn
South Africa 540 2008/1st Drawn
Pakistan 537 2007/3rd Drawn