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Today is the day for cricket – on this day 15th march in 1877 played first test match- today is 140th anniversary of cricket

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.


The 1st ever Test Match was played between Australia & England in the year 1877 at Melbourne. Since then 8 more teams have joined Test Cricket Club and most of them are playing some real competitive cricket which has kept the real test cricket alive even after 140 years.

Alfred Shaw bowled the first Test delivery to Charles Bannerman, who went on to become the first Test centurion. Hill had both the first Test wicket and the first catch. Midwinter picked up the first 5 wicket haul, and Blackham got the first stumping.

Aus Vs Eng (1st test match in 1877)

The 1st test match played at Melbourne was won by Australia by 45 runs (and repeated the same feat exactly 100 years later against England) and after that they really played some close matches. The second half of the decade was totally dominated by England who not only won the matches but won it by huge margins. The 1st ever 10 wickets win was registered by Australia in the 3rd test match of the history at Melbourne, whereas the 1st ever win by an innings was registered by England at Melbourne in 1883. So we can say Melbourne does have quite a bit of history behind it even though Lords is the Mecca of Cricket. The lowest victory margin in between the two wins in terms of runs was when Australia won by 6 runs at Sydney in 1885. England were 194 for 6 at one stage and lost their next 4 wickets adding only 13 runs.

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