17/12/2012 05:55 GMT | Updated 17/12/2012 05:57 GMT

England's Past Test Series Wins In India (PICTURES)

England's historic 2-1 Test series victory on Indian soil is only the fifth in their history and their first in 28 years.

Captain Alastair Cook was just one when David Gower skippered his side to a 2-1 win nearly three decades ago, four years after Ian Botham's magnificence in a one-off Test match in 1980.

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Ian Botham and Geoffrey Boycott enjoy some downtime in 1980 (Botham came dressed as Boycott)

Here are all four of the series successes recalled...

India 0-2 England (1933-34)

Douglas Jardine, pioneer of bodyline bowling and scourge of Australia, led England to a comfortable victory in India's first Tests on home soil. Jardine contributed 221 runs across the three Tests at an average of 73.66.

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Jardine edges against India in 1932

An excellent 136 from debutant Bryan Valentine steered England to a nine-wicket victory in Mumbai and after a draw at Kolkata Hedley Verity took 11 wickets as England wrapped up a 202-run win in Chennai.

India 1-3 England (1976-77)

England were winless in four tours in India since the Second World War and that their drought ended after successive home losses to Australia and the West Indies made the achievement all the more significant.

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Tony Greig is nearly run in Delhi

Tony Greig's team won the opening three Tests as an innings-and-25-run triumph in New Delhi was followed up with 10-wicket and 200-run successes in Kolkata and Chennai. Seamers Bob Willis and John Lever collected 46 wickets between them in the 3-1 series win.

India 0-1 England (1980)

A one-off Golden Jubilee Test of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Ian Botham enjoyed one of his best all-round matches as England won by 10 wickets in Mumbai.


Ian Botham hooks Kapil Dev of India during the 1st Test in Bombay

Then 24, Botham took 13 wickets and hit a century.

India 1-2 England (1984-85)

England's victory under Cook is eerily similar to the David Gower-led England's success 28 years ago. After losing heavily by eight wickets in the first Test in Mumbai they fought back to win the second by the same margin in Delhi.


Mike Gatting of England, batting, during his century against India at Bombay in India

A draw in Kolkata was followed up with a resounding nine-wicket win in Chennai - where Mike Gatting and Graeme Fowler both contributed double centuries and Neil Foster took 11 wickets. The series was nearly called off after the UK's deputy high commissioner Percy Norris was assassinated 24 hours before the Mumbai Test.