Google Doodle marks 140th anniversary of first Test cricket

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Google is celebrating the 140th anniversary of the first ever cricket Test match, which was played between England and Australia, and Google has rolled out a special Doodle to mark the occasion.

Australia’s Charles Bannerman created history by scoring 165 in the match. He went on to play three international Test matches in his career.

Although Australia won the match, the already established England team bounced back and won the second match to level the two-match series.

Australia-England on-field rivalry continues till date with the Ashes being played every year.

Even India debuted in Test cricket against England. The match was played in Lords stadium in 1932 where England beat India by 158 runs.⁠⁠⁠⁠

According to the official statement, “Today’s Doodle hits the deck with a lighthearted rendering that captures the spirit of sportsmanship and the inaugural test match. Mustachioed and musclebound, the batsmen, bowlers and opposition fielders spring into action, never losing sight of the red ball.”

Interestingly, though, going by the representational map provided by Google, the reach of the doodle is restricted to India and Australia, excluding even England, which was one of the teams to actually play that first match back in 1877.

To this day, cricketers still play test matches in white kit with a red ball, whereas other contemporary formats like the One Day International and T20, see players in colorful strips using a white ball.

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