The first International Cricket Test Match was played between England and Australia between 15th March 1877 and 19th March 1877 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which Australia won by 45 runs.
The match began at 1.05 p.m. and Charles Bannerman became the first batsman to score a run in the history of Test Cricket off Alfred Shaw’s second ball. The second day of the match had around 4,000 spectators as there was not any tickets sold at the gates.
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 had the first stumping.
Bannerman scored 69.6% of his side’s runs from the bat – still a record in Test matches – his 165 took about 290 minutes and included 18 fours.
C Bannerman retired hurt at 240/7 (split the index finger on his right hand by a ball from Ulyett)
Attendances on the four 4 days were approximately 4500, 4000 10000, 2000
Southerton is still the oldest Test debutant at 49 years 119 days.
W.Newing fielded for Bannerman.
Exactly 100 years after the first historical test match was played, another test match was played between Australia and England to celebrated the 100 years of test cricket. It was also played in Melbourne from 12 to 17 March 1977, in which Australia beat England by 45 runs—the same margin as that first Test.
Today Google gave tribute to the first test match in history and celebrated its 140th anniversary today.