FIRST CRICKET TEST MATCH 1877

FIRST CRICKET TEST MATCH 1877

The term ‘Test’ is thought to originate from the perception that matches between representative teams from Australia and England were a ‘test of cricketing strength and competence’. The sun was out in the afternoon as the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground was waiting for one of the most historic moments in the history of cricket. In 1877, England tour to Australia to play for the first ever international Test match of cricket. The match was played at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The crowd flocked into the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 15 March 1877 at 1.05pm Australia went out and batted.

Match began at just after 1 p.m. with England’s Alfred Shaw bowling the 1st ball to Charles Bannerman. It was warm and sunny in Melbourne Cricket ground on March 15, 1877, when Charles Bannerman took guard and prepared to play the first ball from Alfred Shaw in what is globally regarded as the first Test match of cricket. Having started at a little after one, the first session was short: lunch was taken at two.

Charles Bannerman did not commit his name to history purely because he scored the first run: he happened to make 165 runs. Both sides were extremely below full strength. W. G. Grace was missing to begin with, while spite of being the home side Australia had significant difficulty in their selection. Evans, Allen and Spofforth (three bowlers who had caused the England players some issues) all declined to play, the latter stating specifically that the absence of Murdoch to keep wicket was his reason for refusing to take part.

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