William Porterfield, Ireland
William Porterfield will lead Ireland in their first Test © Getty Images

Ireland will become just the 11th nation to play men’s Test cricket when they face Pakistan at Dublin’s Malahide in a match starting Friday. Ideally they would like to emulate the feat of Australia, who remain the only side to have won their inaugural Test — beating England in the first such match, in Melbourne in 1877.

And the Irish will certainly hope that, whatever happens in the days ahead, they avoid the fate of New Zealand, who took 26 years to win their first Test match.

First Test of every side: Part 1 of 3 — Australia, England, and South Africa
First Test of every side: Part 1 of 3 — Australia, England, and South Africa

Below AFP Sport looks at how all the previous 10 Test nations started off and how long they each took to record a win in the format.

Australia

1st Test: 1877, Melbourne
Result: Beat England by 45 runs

England

1st Test: Melbourne
Result: Lost to Australia by 45 runs
Time of 1st win: 2 weeks, 2 Tests

South Africa

1st Test: 1889, Port Elizabeth
Result: Lost to England by 8 wickets
Time of 1st win: 7 years, 12 Tests

West Indies

1st Test: 1928, Lord’s
Result: Lost to England by an inns and 58 runs
Time of 1st win: 2 years, 6 Tests

New Zealand

1st Test: 1930, Christchurch
Result: Lost to England by 8 wickets
Time of 1st win: 26 years, 45 Tests

First Test of every side: Part 2 of 3 — West Indies, New Zealand, India
First Test of every side: Part 2 of 3 — West Indies, New Zealand, India

India

1st Test: 1932, Lords
Result: Lost to England by 158 runs
Time of 1st win: 20 years, 25 Tests

Pakistan

1st Test: 1952, Delhi
Result: Lost to India by an innings and 70 runs
Time of 1st win: 1 week, 2 Tests

Sri Lanka

1st Test: 1982, Colombo
Result: Lost to England by 7 wickets
Time of 1st win: 3 years, 14 Tests

Zimbabwe

1st Test: 1992, Harare
Result: Drew with India
Time of 1st win: 3 years, 11 Tests

Bangladesh

1st Test: 2000, Dhaka
Result: Lost to India by 9 wickets
Time of 1st win: 5 years, 35 Tests