Staring from the first ever Test match in the year 1877, Team England have come a long way in this longer format of the game. They are now on the verge of playing their 1000th Test match. This has been an incredible achievement for them. Let us look at their milestone Test matches:
1st Test: England vs Australia in 1877
This also marks the first ever Test match in the history of Cricket, which was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Australia. This was a low scoring thriller in which a total of just 653 runs were scored in all the four innings combined; Australia won the game by a margin of 45 runs. England’s James Southerton played this match at the age of 49 years 119 days. He is still the oldest debutant in Test history.
100th Test: England vs Australia in 1909
Another milestone game for England against Australia. Another low scoring game. Another Test loss for England. The Test match was played at Leeds, which the hosts lost by a bigger margin. England were asked to chase down just 214 runs to win the Test match and they missed it by 126 runs.
200th Test: England vs New Zealand in 1933
This was a three-day Test match which eventually produced a Draw. Wally Hammond scored 336 in the only innings England batted in this Test match. This was not just his highest score in Tests, but also the best score for any player in Tests then. If not for Wally Hammond’s triple ton, England would have won this Test match undoubtedly.
300th Test: England vs India in 1952
England’s certain victory in this game was spoiled by rain. After declaring their first innings at 326 for 6, they cleaned up India for just 98 runs. And the rain had the final say in the game. This was the fourth and final Test match of the series in 1952, which England won by 3-0.
400th Test: England vs India in 1964
This was a hard fought game by India, who scored runs with the bat, as well as picked up wickets with the ball. Budhi Kunderan (192 runs) and Vijay Manjrekar (108) scored centuries to help India score big in the first innings. England, on the other hand, held their nerve in their second innings to just help them draw this match.
500th Test: England vs Pakistan in 1974
This was another low scoring and was played exactly to the English standards. In the end, England were happy to settle for a Draw. They had the chance to win the game though. In their second innings, they needed to score 282 runs to win the Test match. However, England scored just 238 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in 107 overs and happily walked away with a draw.
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