In a generation where Twenty20 (T20) Cricket is mostly looked up to, Google rolled out a special Doodle to mark the 140th birth anniversary of Test cricket, remembering the first Test match being 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 was a timeless Test (not limited by time for a result) which ended with Australia winning by 45 runs. England, however, levelled the two-match Test series by winning the next game at the same venue by four wickets.

According to the official statement from Google, Today s Doodle hits the deck with a lighthearted rendering that captures the spirit of sportsmanship and the inaugural Test match. Moustachioed and muscle-bound, the batsmen, bowlers and opposition fielders spring into action, never losing sight of the red ball.

Australia won the toss and chose to bat and Charles Bannerman faced the first ever delivery in the first-ever Test. The first ball was bowled by Alfred Shaw. Bannerman went on to score the first ever century but had to retire hurt on 165 with a split index finger while Billy Midwinter took the first ever five-wicket haul. There was a crowd of around 12,000 and Tom Kendall took 7 for 55 playing a pivotal role in Australia s historic win. It is since then, that the rivalry between these two nations has formed which has continued till date.