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Google Doodle celebrates 140 years of Test cricket

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Kolkata, March 15: Google on Wednesday dedicated a Doodle to mark the 140 years of official Test cricket, while remembering the first Test match which played between England and Australia in the year 1877.

The history of official cricket Test match started with the first match which began on this auspicious day in 1877 between an established English team and a newly-formed Australian squad at the Melbourne Cricket ground. It finished with a 45-run win for Australia.

The hosts batted first and the first ball was bowled by Alfred Shaw to Charles Bannerman, who went on to become the first centurion in Test by scoring 165 when he retired hurt with a right-hand index finger injury.

England, however, squared the two-Test series by winning the next game at the same pitch by four wickets.

“Today’s Doodle hits the deck with a light-hearted rendering that captures the spirit of sportsmanship and the inaugural Test match,” Google said.

“Mustachioed and muscle-bound, the batsmen, bowlers and opposition fielders spring into action, never losing sight of the red ball,” it said.

 Wefornews Bureau

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