On This Day: First ever official test match was played at the MCG

The first officially recognized Test match started on 15 March 1877 and ended on 19 March 1877 and was held between England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in which Australia won by 45 runs. Since then a total of 2253 test matches have been played!

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

Charles Bannerman of Australia was the scorer Test cricket's first run and made a brilliant 165 in the first innings of the first test match in history before getting retired hurt due to a split in the index finger on his right hand by a ball from George Ulyett.

Google celebrates with a special cricket themes 'Google Doodle'
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Bannerman scored 69.6% of his side's runs from the bat which is still a record in Test matches. His knock of 165 took about 290 minutes and included 18 fours. James Southerton who made his test debut at 49 years 119 days in this first ever official test match is still the oldest player to make a Test debut, a record unlikely to be broken. He was also the first Test cricketer to die

The attendance in the ground on the 4 days were 4500, 4000, 10000 and 2000 respectively.

This was the first test match between fierce rivals Australia and England which later took the name of Ashes Series which is now a quest to gain the urn between both the sides and has produced some of the best and quality encounters over the years.

Now, since 1877, in 2017 Bangladesh will be playing its 100th test match today against Srilanka, which will be the 2254th test match.

Image credit: ICC

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