141st Anniversary of Test Cricket
Today marks a very special day in the history of sports. March 15th, 1877 was the day when the most challenging and testing game was born. The first ever test match was played between England and Australia at the MCG and is documented as “All England v A Combined New South Wales and Victoria XI”. None of the sides were strong and the players were still amateurs.
Charles Bannerman: First ever centurion in test cricket
Australian batsmen got the chance to bat first and Charles Bannerman along with Nat Thomson came out to open the innings for their side. Bannerman registered his name in the records book as the batsman who faced the first ever ball in test cricket while England’s Alfred Shaw also became the first bowler to bowl in a test match.
Bannerman is also regarded as the father of the first run and century as he scored the first ever run and played a fantabulous knock of 165 runs consisting of 18 fours before getting retired hurt when Australia were on 240. Because of his dominating innings, the Australian side was in a strong position throughout the innings but collapsed on a total of 245.
England’s H Jupp : The first ever half-centurion in a test match
The inventors of the great game could not match Bannerman’s century despite a fighting first ever fifty in history by their opener H Jupp and decent contributions by Harry Charlwood(36) and Allen Hill(35*).
Midwinter: The first bowler to take a fifer
Australian bowler WE Midwinter became the first bowler to take five wickets in an innings of a test match thanks to his stunning bowling which restricted the English batsmen on 196.
England fought hard but lost the historic match by 45 runs
English bowlers made a strong comeback as they bowled the Australian side on 104 in their second innings. But Australian bowlers also looked top notch as TK Kendall completely snatched away the game from England with a stupendous bowling spell of 7-55 which gifted the Australian side their first ever win in the first ever test match played in the history of test cricket.
Brief Scores: Australia 245 (Bannerman 165, Shaw 3/51) & 104 (Horan 20, Shaw 5/38) beat England 196 (Jupp 63, Midwinter 5/78) & 108 (Selby 38, Kendall 7/55) by 45 runs.
Coincidence celebrating 100 years of the inaugural match
This can be called as the mother of coincidence! Australia played against England to celebrate the 100th anniversary of test cricket and won again by the same margin, i.e., 45 runs!