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This Day in History

Australian History

Thursday, March 15, 1877. :   The first international cricket Test Match on Australian ground begins at the Melbourne Cricket ground.

     The sport of cricket is regarded as synonymous with Australia. Although Australia has no official sport, cricket is regarded as the country’s unofficial sport. The first reported cricket game took place in Sydney at what is now known as Hyde Park on 8 January 1804. Inter-colonial games began when a team from Victoria travelled to Launceston, Tasmania for a game in February 1851. The first visit by an English cricket team to Australia occurred during Australia's summer of 1861-62. Australia reciprocated with a team to England, made up of indigenous players, in 1868. The team played 47 matches, of which they won 14, drew 19 and lost 14.

As cricket increased in popularity, Melbourne became the first city to establish a large cricket ground. Still the largest cricket ground in Australia and the Southern hemisphere, the MCG was developed after 1853, when the site was selected. The first cricket Test Match on Australian home ground between Australia and England began at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 15 March 1877. The match continued over four days, with Australia winning by 45 runs.

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