Test Cricket is the oldest form of cricket. It is considered to be the ultimate platform for players to showcase their true skills. The word Test represents the mental as well as physical pressure that the cricketers go through during this series. England and Australia played the first Test Match Cricket in 1877. It started from 15th March to 19th March at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, popularly known as MCG. (For Scorecard https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17735/scorecard/62396/australia-vs-england-1st-test-england-tour-of-australia-1876-77)
In 2015, for commercialization of the purest form of cricket, ICC introduced the “Day-Night Test Match”. It was first played between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide Oval. ICC has recognized twelve nations as Test Match playing nations.
Rules of Test Cricket!
In Test Cricket, generally one of the two teams tour to the other country for Test series. It is often considered that the host country gets a better understanding of the playing conditions. According to the rules of cricket in Test Matches, each team needs to play for two innings lasting for five days. Each day consisting of 90 overs. Apart from winning and losing, “Draw” is another possible result in this form of cricket.
It is the real fight between a bat and a ball where the morning session usually belongs to the fast bowlers. This is because they can swing the new ball. In the second session, after the sun is up bright, the pitch gets better for the batsmen. In subcontinent playing conditions, during the third session, the reverse swing makes a big impact in the innings.
Stars of Test Cricket!
The reverse swing skills were first introduced by the Pakistani fast bowlers and Wasim Akram, as well as Waqar Younis. He was considered to be the “King of Reverse Swing” (Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFLfYNMvB0g). Over a period of time, Test Cricket has introduced so many great cricketers. Like Sir Don Bradman, Sir Vivian Richards, Richard Hadlee, Shane Warne, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, Muttiah Muralitharan, Rahul Dravid and subsequently, the little master, Sachin Tendulkar.
The great West Indian batsman, Brian Charles Lara, the Prince of Trinidad, holds the highest score of a whopping 400 in Test Cricket (Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oh03Hv4Q_yw). Muttiah Muralitharan is the highest wicket-taker with a score of 800 wickets in his career. Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run-scorer with 15, 921 runs consisting of 51 centuries over the span of 200 matches.
Above all of this, the fate of Test Cricket in the future is always a question for cricket lovers. In this present scenario, numerous T20 leagues and simulated reality league cricket are dominating the cricket world. As a result, Test Cricket seems to lose its popularity and true color.