Twin celebrations in England - 2000th Test

Twin celebrations in England - Indian Cricket Team tour of England

The first test at Lord’s  starting from 21st July 2011 is of significance to all cricket lovers throughout the world and in particular to those in India as this test happens to be the 100th Test between India and England.

2000th TEST MATCH

This test will be remembered as the 2000th test in the history of test cricking spanning from 1877. Controversy is bound to step in when something good happens and the 2000th test is no exception. Followers of Bill Frindall  (who personally differed with the ICC ruling giving recognition to the Aus v World XI ) – the greatest cricket statistician the game has ever witnessed, will differ with those who are keen to celebrate the Lord’s test as 2000th. Because the first test scheduled from 21st July at Lord’s in effect happens to be the 1999th if the test between Australia and World XI which took place at Sydney from 14-17th October 2005, is excluded because the World XI was mixture of players from different test playing countries and cannot be counted as one nation (at that time, as per ICC’s won  regulations, described tests as contests between nations).  However, as per the ICC ruling and Wisden,  this test has to be taken into consideration and therefore the ensuing test at Lord’s has to be given its due and will go down  as the 2000th test in cricket history.

FIRST EVER TEST MATCH

The first ever cricket test took place at Melbourne from 15-17th March 1977 between England and Australia – the traditional rivals. Australia won the match by 45 runs. Charles Bannerman and Nathaniel Thompson for Australia  and Henry Jupp and John Selby for England opened the batting for the respective sides. Alfred Shaw and Allen Hill for England and John Henry Hodges and Thomas William Garret were the opening bowlers. Charles Bannerman, who faced the first ever ball to be delivered in test cricket (by Alfred Shaw) also achieved the distinction of becoming the first ever player to score a century in test cricket  (165) while William Evans Midwinter enjoyed the bowler’s dream of capturing the first ever five wicket haul  (5/78) in an innings. Edward James Gregory was the first player to be dismissed for a duck. CA Reid and RB Terry officiated as Umpires in this first ever test match.

(Brief scores: Aus - 245 and 104; Eng -  196 and 108)

500TH TEST MATCH

Melbourne achieved the distinction of hosting the 500th Test match although Australia’s opponent in this happened to be West Indies. The test took place from 30th December 1960 to 3rd January 1961 and Australia were the winners by 7 wickets.

(Brief scores: Aus - 348 and 70/3; WI -  181 and 233)

 

 

1000th TEST MATCH

New Zealand and Pakistan were the teams when the 1000 th test was staged at Hyderabad in Pakistan from 25th to 30th November 1984, which Pakistan won by 7 wickets.

(Brief scores: NZ – 267 and 189, Pak -  230 and 230-7)

 

1500th TEST MATCH

England and West Indies had the satisfaction of being the participating teams when the 1500th test match was staged at Edgbaston in Birmingham from 15th to 17th June 2000 which resulted in an innings and 93 runs victory for West Indies.

(Brief scores: Eng – 179 and 125; WI – 397)

As per Bill Frindall, who maintained that the counting of tests should be as from series to series,

500th Test is between India and Pakistan at Madras from 13-18th January 1961 (Match Drawn)

1000th Test is between Australia and West Indies at Melbourne from  22-27th December 1984

1500th Test is between England and West Indies at Lord’s from 29-30th June and 1st July 2000.

(for those who are of the opinion that the test between Australia and World XI at Sydney in 2005 is not to be taken into consideration, 2000th Test will be between India and England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham from 29th July 2011)

 Incidentally, whatever be the circumstances, India and England could consider themselves lucky as they will have the satisfaction of being the partners  in the 2000th Test match either at Lord’s or at Nottingham). Tests played as at end 15.07.2011 are as under:

Sl No

Team

Mts

Won

Lost

Drawn

Tied

%W/P

Toss

1

Australia

730

341

192

195

2

46.71

369

2

Bangladesh

68

3

59

6

0

4.41

36

3

England

911

322

261

328

0

35.35

440

4

India

451

110

139

201

1

24.39

228

5

New Zealand

364

68

147

149

0

18.68

184

6

Pakistan

358

108

100

150

0

30.17

169

7

South Africa

358

125

124

109

0

34.92

173

8

Sri Lanka

201

61

71

69

0

30.35

106

9

West Indies

473

153

156

163

1

32.35

245

10

World XI

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

11

Zimbabwe

83

8

49

26

0

9.64

49

 

Total

1999

1299

1299

698

2

64.98

1999

 

 

Compiled by C. Keshava Murthy

 

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