The first day/night Test has revitalised interest in the game all around the world with fans on every continent tuning in to watch the action. Almost 100,000 fans crowded into the Adelaide Oval over the first two days to witness this historic spectacle.
Not everyone has been a fan of the new pink ball. Players and fans have been divided in the lead up to the toss but the match has lived up to hopes and expectations of those backing the controversial concept with both teams fighting tooth and nail to gain the upper hand and
With this Test having found it's place in cricket folklore let's look back at a few of the early firsts that have occurred in International cricket over the last 138 years:
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The first official international ever played according to records held by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia.
An Australian team consisting of players from the NSW and Victorian colonies and a visiting English team from March 15-19, 1877. Arguments had been made for a match between Canada and the U.S. held in 1844 before official records commenced.
2. BAT AND BALL.
The first delivery was by Alfred Shaw (E) to Charles Bannerman (A), the first to score a Test century - 165 (Retired Hurt).
The first duck (0) was by Edward Gregory (A) in the same innings and the first five wicket hall was by William Midwinter (A) who took 5 for 78 from 54 overs.
3.1000 RUNS, 100 WICKETS.
Arthur Shrewsbury Snr (E) was the first to reach 1000 runs (Test #39) scoring 106 at Lords in 1893. He went on to finish his career with 1277 runs at 35.47.
The first bowler to take 100 wickets was Johnny Briggs (E) in the Fourth Test at Sydney (Test #44) in 1895 taking four wickets in the first innings. His career tally was 118 wickets at 17.75.
4.CENTURY ON DEBUT AND LAST TEST.
The first player to score a century in his first and last innings was Reggie Duff (A) who scored 104 at the MCG in 1902 and 148 at Kennington Oval in 1905.
Curiously, in 22 Tests and 40 innings over a three-year period, these were the only two centuries he scored, his first batting at #10 and his last at #2.
Only three other players have achieved this feat – Bill Ponsford(A), Greg Chappell(A) and Mohammad Azharuddin(I). A G Ganteaume(WI) scored a century in his first and only Test.
1961 saw the first ever tied test at ‘The Gabba’, Brisbane, between Australia and The West Indies. Needing three runs off the final over with two wickets in hand, Australia were favourites to win until an 80-yard return from Conrad Hunte(WI) ran out Wally Grout (A) leaving
Australia with one wicket, one run and two balls remaining.
Lindsay Kline (A) played the penultimate ball towards square leg and Ian Meckiff (A) took off for what looked like the winning run. Joe Solomon(WI) decided otherwise, swooped and threw down the stumps in one motion from side on and created history.
NOTE: For the first 22 years matches were only played between Australia and England. At present only 10 countries have achieved Test status.
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