Google Doodle celebrates 15th March 2017 as 140th Anniversary of the First Official Cricket Test Match

by · March 15, 2017

The name Test stems from the long, gruelling match being a “test” of the relative strengths of the two sides. The first officially recognised 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.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat. The test lasted over a period of five days with a rest day on the fourth day. Australia won the match by forty five runs. The first test match was the start of the competition between England and the newly created Australian team, a rivalry that exists to this day. The match was the test debut of the squads from Australia and England. Charles Bannerman who opened for the Australian side became the first cricketer to score a century in a test match. J Southerton from the England side still holds the record for the oldest test debut at 49 years, 199 days. There were only four balls in each over at that time.

The letters of the Google logo are spread across players from both the teams across the pitch. Strangely enough, although the two participating teams were from England and Australia, the Google Doodle for the 140th Anniversary of the First Cricket Test Match is only being delivered to the cricket crazy nations of India and Australia.

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