With Test match, ODI and IT20 cricket underway this summer, we take a look at the captains with legendary status.

With the cricket season well underway for 2024, we thought we’d pull together an England cricket captains list of the skippers who have had the most success.

We’ve included some legendary England cricket captains that you can get tickets to see play this summer, across Test matches, One Day International (ODI) and IT20 cricket.

Read on to see who made the list of the most legendary captains - as well as info on how you can secure VIP seats to England cricket fixtures this season with Seat Unique.

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Ben Stokes

As serving England Test match captain, a position he’s held since 2020, Ben Stokes has recently celebrated 100 Test matches and is high on the top England cricket captain list. He’s also known as one of the greatest all-round cricketers of all time.

After taking over as England cricket skipper full-time in April 2022, Stokes’ captaincy has seen the team’s fortunes flourish.

Before taking over, the team had won just one of their 17 previous matches - but since he took the reins, they’ve recorded 14 wins, one draw and only five losses.

Under Stokes’ leadership and in conjunction with Brendon McCullum, England’s head coach, the team started playing the ‘Bazball’ style - an attacking form of cricket where the team aims to score as many runs as possible via any opportunity.

Bazball has been revolutionary for England’s game, and has led to their stellar record in the last few years.

The good news is that Stokes will be captaining the team at the England v West Indies Test match, as well as England v Sri Lanka. If you want a day that you’ll never forget, you can be there in VIP style with Seat Unique, with some of the best seats in the house.

Michael Vaughan

One of the top batsmen of all time, cricketing legend Michael Vaughan became captain of the England Test side in July 2003, where he remained until 2008, after Nasser Hussain suddenly resigned. Under his guidance, the England side became one of the best in the world.

England stormed to victory with Vaughan as the captain when the team won the 2005 Ashes 2-1, their first Ashes victory in 18 years. The moment is rightfully known as the jewel in the crown of his career.

During his captaincy, England won six Tests in a row, beating the West Indies twice, as well as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Bangladesh.

He also served as the captain of the ODI team from 2003 to 2007, as well as being the first Twenty20 captain from 2005 to 2007.

Jos Buttler

The current England ODI and Twenty20 captain and considered one of the best limited-overs batsmen in the world, Jos Buttler has been at the helm of the team since 2016 and was one of the key players when England won the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Under his watch, Buttler’s team stormed to victory as the winners of the 2022 T20 World Cup.  A formidable player, Jos is the second-most capped T20 player of all time, just behind Eoin Morgan. He’s England’s highest run-scorer in T20 games, as well as being one of only five players on the English team to score a century. He also holds a world record for the highest seventh-wicket stands in ODI tournaments.

Despite a big defeat by India in the T20 World Cup this year, Ben Stokes says that he rates Jos as the man to lead the team.

“Jos is the man to lead that white-ball team forward,” Stokes said to BBC Sport. “He is a great leader. He’s got the respect of all the team members in the dressing room.”

If you’d like to see Buttler play this summer in VIP style then look no further as there’s availability for ODI and IT20 matches this summer via the Seat Unique booking platform.

Alastair Cook

Heading up the England Test team from 2012-2017, the ODI team from 2010-2014 and the T20 team in 2009, Alastair Cook is known as one of the best-ever captains we’ve had.

He captained 59 Tests and 69 ODIs, becoming the most-capped specialist batsman for England of all time and one of the greatest ever opening batsmen in Test cricket.

Under Cook, England won 24 Tests in 59, as well as two home Ashes wins in 2013 and 2015. He has been lauded for his determined nature and the sheer number of runs that he scored, earning him a place in cricket history.

Cook was also knighted for services to cricket in 2019.

Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss was always a special talent in cricket, and a key moment for him was when he batted two centuries against Australia in 2005 in a side that included Shane Warne.

Taking over from Kevin Pietersen after he resigned as skipper, Andrew Strauss became the captain of England in 2008. As England captain, Strauss was one of only three England captains who headed up the winning side both at home and away.

Under Strauss, England topped the world rankings for cricket for the first time in 31 years.

As captain, a defining win for Strauss was when England retained the Ashes in Australia in 2010/11, the first time that they had done so in 24 years.

Strauss served as Test match captain from 2008-2012, during which time England won the Ashes twice. He was also ODI captain from 2006-2011 and Twenty20 captain from 2006-2009.

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