The favorite cricket format for purists, Test cricket turned 144 on Monday, as March 15, 1877, marked the day the game was officially played for the first time. The historic event marked the beginning of the oldest rivalry in test cricket between hosts Australia and England. The two Ashes rivals tied for the first time in an official test match on the iconic cricket field in Melbourne.
The four-day match, except for a day off on Sunday, ended on March 19, when Australia, led by Dave Gregory, defeated James Lilliwitter Jr. of England by 45 tracks to record their first victory in the first attempt. .
Choosing to fight first after winning the throw, the Australians managed to put 245 tracks on the board, with opener Charles Bannerman becoming the first batsman in history to score a century. He scored most of the team’s draw with 165, tied with 18 borders and was retired injured after spending 285 minutes on the pitch.
Englishman Alfred Shaw became the first bowler of his kind to buy a bowl while scaling three crates in the first innings. This was Alan Hill (42/1), who, however, became the first bowler to choose an international leash in the Australian opener Nat Thomson (1 round).
In return for the total, the English team could only put 196 on the board, with Billy Midwinter becoming the first bowler to take a figure in a test until he finished with a bowling figure 78/5. Meanwhile, England opener Harry Jupp became the first English batsman to win fifty with an inning of 63.
To compete in total, the Australians can only run 108 tracks in the second inning, with the star of the first inning Bannerman coming out cheap at 4. The show, which has already registered its name in the records earlier, became the first English bowling to claim five to keep the number 38/5.
The English trouble continued in the second inning, with the whole country gathering for 108 while chasing 154. Australian bowler Tom Kendall made the star this time and became the first bowler to pick seven wickets during the 7/55 inning.
Both teams faced another test match, which England won. Before the first official test, the rivals equalized four times earlier, but the matches did not receive official status.
During the 100th anniversary of the test match, both teams faced each other again in the same place, and what can be called a striking coincidence, the Australians took the test match with an exact difference of 45 tracks.
While the Australia-England match was the first of its kind, it was not the first international game. The first international match of its kind was the ODI, played between the United States and Canada. The first ODI of its kind took place on September 24, 1844 in New York. Canada won the match with 23 tracks.