Sports Desk- The history of cricket is also more than 100 years old. But very few people know the history of cricket. But today is the day that every cricket lover and player should remember. Yes, today i.e. on 15 March 1877, the first international Test match was played. This historic match was played between England and Australia.
Although cricket started with England, its passion is more visible in the countries of the Indian subcontinent.
The First test in Melbourne
March 15, 1877 The first Test match between England and Australia began at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This test match was won by the newly emerging team Australia by defeating the old British men by 45 runs. The highlight of this test was that there was no set deadline for the match. Both teams had to play two innings, no matter how many days it took.
In this match, Australian captain Dave Gregory won the toss and elected to bat first and scored 245 runs in the first innings. Around 1500 spectators were inside the MCG when the first ball in Test cricket was bowled by Alfred Shaw to Charles Bannerman. 165 runs were scored by Charles Bannerman from the Kangaroo team. While Alfred Shaw and James Southerton took 3-3 wickets for England.
In reply, England was all out for 196 in the first innings. Kangaroo team bowler Billy Midwinter took 5 wickets. After gaining a lead of 49 runs, the Australian team scored 104 runs in the second innings. Thus England had a target of 154 runs to win, but the English team was all out for 108 and the Australian team won the match by 45 runs.