Let’s take a flash back to the history of the Test Cricket Match on the 140th Anniversary of the First Cricket Test Match.
The celebration of Test cricket is captured this Wednesday, March 15th, Google doodle. It shows 5 colorful cricketers performing different activities on a cricket field.
The first officially recognized Test match began on 15 March 1877 and ended on 19 March 1877 and was played between England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), where Australia won by 45 runs. This match saw attendance surging to nearly 12,000.
In the first Test that began on 15 March 1877, Australia’s batsman Charles Bannerman scored the first ever runs in the format with a single. He remained the dominant figure in the contest scoring 165 runs in the first innings and he scored the first ever hundred in the format.
Score Board of the First Cricket Test Match England vs Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
After the 100th Anniversary of the First Cricket Test Match, A Test match to celebrate 100 years of Test cricket was held in the same place Melbourne from 12 to 17 March 1977, in which Australia beat England by 45 runs, the same margin as that first ever Test Match played between them.
Test cricket is the longest form of the sport of cricket and is considered its highest standard. Test matches are played between national representative teams with “Test status”, as determined by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The two teams of 11 players play a four-innings match, which may last up to five days (or longer in some historical cases).
The name Test stems from the long, grueling match being a “test” of the relative strengths of the two sides. Tests bring into question a team’s resilience, patience and consistency over the course of a lengthy period.