Test cricket is widely considered to be the pinnacle of the game. Controlling the session and surviving the difficult phases of the game to emerge victorious after a five-day draw makes Test cricket an attractive prospect.
Over the years, fans have experienced some of the best moments of cricket during Test matches. The game has evolved over the centuries and has become the format we see today.
It all started 140 years ago, when Australia and England took part in the first Test match in the history of the game.
Batting first, the Aussies scored 245 runs on the board, with Charles Bannerman scoring almost all of his team’s runs with 165 runs. A clinical bowling performance restricted England to 196, with medium-pacer Billy Midwinter taking five wickets while bowling a mammoth. 54 overs.
Australia could score only 104 runs in the second innings. But it proved to be enough as England were bundled out for 108 to hand Australia their first Test win.
Some standouts from the first test match
The first Test match is a fascinating event to look back on, with many trivia still loved by cricket fans around the world.
Charles Bannerman became the first Test centurion in the history of the game but eventually had to retire with a split index finger. However, he managed to come out to bat in the second innings.
Billy Midwinter, the first five-wicket haul in Test cricket, went on to play Tests for both Australia and England. He was famously kidnapped by WG Grace in 1878, when he was about to play against Australia middlesex But instead moved to play for Gloucestershire against Surrey at The Oval.
The first Test match also featured James Southerton, who made his debut at the age of 49 years and 119 days. That record still holds, with Southerton being the oldest Test debutant in the history of the game.
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