Alfred Shaw (Left) and Charles Bannerman (Right). Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
Alfred Shaw (Left) and Charles Bannerman (Right). Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Kolkata: Google on Wednesday dedicated a Doodle to celebrate the 140th anniversary of official Test cricket, remembering the first Test match played between England and Australia in 1877. The first official cricket Test match in history began on this day in 1877 between an established English team and a newly-formed Australian squad at the Melbourne Cricket ground (MCG). It finished in a 45-run win for Australia. The hosts batted first and the first ball was bowled by Alfred Shaw to Charles Bannerman, who went on to become the first centurion in Test by scoring 165 when he retired hurt with a right hand index finger injury. England, however, squared the two-Test series by winning the next game at the same venue by four wickets.

“Today’s Doodle hits the deck with a light-hearted rendering that captures the spirit of sportsmanship and the inaugural Test match,” Google said. “Mustachioed and muscle-bound, the batsmen, bowlers and opposition fielders spring into action, never losing sight of the red ball,” it said.Dave Gregory was the Australian captain for this Test, whereas England were led by James Lilywhite Jr. this was a timeless Test, but it was completed completed in just four days. There was a rest day after Day Three, but Australia wrapped up the match the very next day. However, England bounced back to level the series in the next Test at Melbourne.

Australia will be playing their 8ooth Test against India in the third match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series on Thursday at Ranchi. The four-match series is level at 1-1. Australia won the first match at Pune comfortably, but India bounced back to level the series at Bengaluru.