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All You Need To Know The First Official Test Match Between England & Australia

Written by : Info Box Team

The first official Test match cricket began on March 15, 1877, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia. The historical Test match was played between an established British team and a newly combined New South Wales and Victoria XI for the Australian team. The ICC Test championship has already begun and all we need to know the first official cricket Test match.

On that day, Australian skipper DW Gregory won the toss and decided to bat first in the first official Test match. The first delivery was bowled by Alfred Shaw to right-hand batsman Charles Bannerman. Aussies opener scored his first official Test run of the second delivery and also delivers the first century as well.

Charles Bannerman becomes the first centurion in Test cricket history by scoring 165 runs, he managed to find the ropes eighteen times and the right-hander was retired hurt with an injury. The home team were all-out for 245 runs and the visitor’s right-arm slow bowler, Alfred Shaw scalped 3 wickets with bowling figures of 3/51 in 55.3 overs.

The English team were all-out for 196 runs and Harry Jupp scored 63 runs. The Australian bowler Billy Midwinter grabbed 5 wickets with bowling figures of 5/78 in 54 overs. In second innings Kangaroos were all-out for 104 runs and set the target of 154 runs.

The British cricket team were bundled out for 108 runs and it was a 45-run victory for Australia in the first official Test match cricket. As Test championship has begun and it's a reminiscence for all the cricket freaks.


Australia 1st Innings: 245 (C Bannerman 165; A Shaw 3/51).

England 1st Innings: 196 (H Jupp 63; Midwinter 5/78).

Australia 2nd Innings: 104 (TP Horan 20; A Shaw 5/38).

England 2nd Innings: 108 (J Selby 38; TK Kendall 7/55).