England born Australian cricketer turns 86 today    Getty Images
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Born July 3, 1851 in Woolwich, Kent, England, late Charles Bannerman has his birthday on Sunday. Bannerman was the first foreign player to have played the game of cricket. He was born in England but later on moved to New South Wales with his family and thus represented Australia in three Tests from 1877 to 1879. Bannerman played only three games as he had to quit due to ill health. It was believed, at that time, that he could not cope up with his celebrity status and gambling debts and alcohol had left him impoverished. His batting average stands at 59.75 with one century under his belt. ALSO READ:Melbourne Cricket Ground hosts first-ever Test

Bannerman has a lot of records to his name. He had the honour of facing the first ball bowled in Test cricket (in a game played between Australia and England). He also scored the first run of the longest format of the game and after being dropped before reaching double figures, he went on to score the first ever ton in Test cricket. He scored 165, which remains the highest score by an Australian on debut and also became the first cricketer to retire hurt from the field. His finger was broken by a ball from George Ulyett.

After representing Australia, he also got involved in umpiring and went on to stand in 12 matches as umpire. His first match as an umpire was also between Australia and England, which England won by 13 runs. He continued to play for New South Wales till 1888 and finished with one century, nine fifties with an average of 21.62 for them. ALSO READ:NSW refuse to include Michael Clarke for 2016-17 season