140th anniversary of first Cricket Test Match

The first officially recognised Test match began on 15 March 1877 and ended on 19 March 1877 and was played between England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground(MCG), where Australia won by 45 runs.

A Test match to celebrate 100 years of Test cricket was held in Melbourne from 12 to 17 March 1977, in which Australia beat England by 45 runs—the same margin as that first Test.

As of December 2014, ten national teams have Test status, the most recently promoted being  Bangladesh in 2000.

Zimbabwe’s Test status was voluntarily suspended, because of poor performances between 2006 and 2011; it returned to competition in August 2011.

In January 2014, during the historic ICC meeting in Dubai, the pathway for new potential test nations was laid out with the winners of the next round of the   ICC International Cup playing a 5-day match against the bottom rank test nation. If the Associate team defeats the test nation, then they could be added as the new test country and be given full membership.

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