Do You know when was First Ever Cricket Test Match Played? They say, ‘Test cricket is the purest form of cricket”. But when did it all begin and when was the first cricket test match actually played? In India, cricket is more than just a sport. It’s a religion and it goes without saying that Sachin Tendulkar is the unanimously chosen God of that religion. Yes, we’re all heartbroken about the fact that he’s no longer actively involved on the field with the sport, but we’re no less excited about the biggest cricketing event,which is the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.
But before we focus on the future and the present, let’s take a walk down the memory lane and know when was the first cricket test match played and what happened around it? So, here’s some interesting trivia on what can only be called a historical and landmark day in the history of cricket!
Any true cricket fan is a fan of the Ashes tournament. If any two teams playing against each other (besides India vs Pakistan) brings up the excitement in cricket, it’s England and Australia. Hence, it’s no surprise that the first officially recognised Test match took place between these two rivaling teams.
The commencing and ending dates
The actual answer to the question “when was the first cricket test match played?” is 15 to 19 March 1877. It is between these dates that the first ever test match was played out.
Not where we would’ve thought
Considering that England was all over the world back then, we would guess that when was the first cricket test match played, it would’ve happened at Lords. But that’s where we’re all wrong. The first test match ever was at the Melbourne Cricket Ground a.k.a. MCG in Australia.
History repeating itself
In the first (ever) test match, Australia defeated England by 45 runs (between 15 and 19 March in 1877). To celebrate the 100 years of this historical day, a test match was held between the two (existing) teams again in 1977 (between 12 and 17 March). As fate would have it, history repeated itself and Australia beat England by 45 runs, yet again.
Late but at least it happened
As is (was) expected during those times, women weren’t given as much freedom to partake in such sports. Hence, the first ever test match for women came many years later. However, the contesting countries were the same. The first women’s test match was played between England and Australia in 1934–35. In December 1934, a three-day contest was held in Brisbane. Unlike in the men’s first test match, here it was England that won the match by nine wickets.
The earliest international cricket match (of which we have a record) was between USA and Canada, on 24 and 25 September 1844.However, this was and has never been officially considered a “Test match”.
For a long time, England and Australia were the only two countries (teams) who played test cricket. However, South Africa became the third team to play Test cricket in 1888–89.
As of today, Test cricket is slowly losing its charm. But for those who love the sport it will always remain the purest form of cricket. Do you know any more such trivia on when was the first cricket test match and other details about it? Let us know in the comments!