On this day, March 15, 140 years ago, cricket witnessed its first officially-recognized Test match. The game was played between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and was won by the hosts, by a margin of 45 runs.
Google marked this landmark birth anniversary of Test cricket by creating a special doodle.
Some interesting facts from the first-ever Test match:
Dave Gregory skippered Australia and James Lillywhite captained England.
The match began on 15th of March 1877 and ended on 19th March 1877.
Brief scores: Australia, 1st Innings: 245 runs (169.3 overs); Charles Bannerman 165 (retired hurt), Alfred Shaw 3/51 (55.3 overs).
England, 1st Innings: 196 runs (136.1 overs); Henry Jupp 63 (241), Billy Midwinter 5/78 (54 overs).
Australia, 2nd Innings: 104 runs (68 overs); Tom Horan 20 (32), Alfred Shaw 5/38 (34 overs).
England, 2nd Innings: 108 (66.1 overs); John Selby 38 (81), Tom Kendall 7/55 (33.1 overs).