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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Seven Little Known Facts of Australian Test Cricket, Did You Know?

The legacy and history of Australian Test cricket in cricket is very exciting. 
The first Test match in the history of cricket was played between Australia and England in Melbourne in 1877. In which Australia recorded a victory. Australian Test cricket has been full of records, history and controversy. The four-Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy will now be played between India and Australia. With the first Test match between India and Australia starting on Thursday, here are some of the lesser known stories of Australian Test cricket.

Not six but eight ball overs

Did you know that there were eight-ball overs in Australia's home Tests in the 1924-25 season and later in the 1936-37 season and the 1978-79 home season? Apart from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and England also had eight-ball bowlers in Test cricket. The last eight-ball over in Test cricket was used in Australia and New Zealand in 1978-79. India, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh had just six ball overs in the home Tests.

While Dennis Lilly took an aluminum bat and started batting

In the first Test of the 1979 Test series between Australia and England at Perth, Australia were 232 for eight. Ninth-ranked Dennis Lilly was 11 in the game at the end of the first day. Until then Lily used a wooden bat. Lily landed on the field with an aluminum bat early in the second day's play. The idea to use the bat came from Lilly's friend and his former club cricketer. Lily was also his business partner and he later admitted in his autobiography that the decision to use an aluminum bat was purely marketing. There was controversy over this in the match. England captain Mike Briarley also complained to the umpire. However, Lilly was adamant as there was no clear rule in the ICC at that time as to which bat to use. Lily later batted with a wooden bat for aluminum after Greg Chappell persuaded her. However, He expressed his anger in bowling and was four wickets quick, giving up 73 runs in England's first innings. Australia won the Test by 138 runs.

Sir Donald Bradman hit just six sixes in his Test career!

When it comes to Test cricket, it is impossible not to mention Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman. Bradman is known as the greatest batsman of all time in cricket. Bradman made his Test debut in 1928 and played 52 Tests. He played his last Test in 1948 against England. Bradman averaged 99.99 in his career, which is one of the most unusual records in cricket. Surprisingly, Bradman, who has scored 29 centuries and 13 half-centuries in Tests, has hit just six sixes in his Test career!

Australia had not suffered a defeat at Lord's for 75 years in a row

In the 1934 Ashes series, Australia lost to England at Lord's. From 1934 to 2009, Australia was unbeaten at Lord's Cricket Ground, the mecca of cricket. During this 75-year period, Australia played 18 Tests at Lord's, winning nine of them. His winning streak at Lord's in 2009 came to a halt when England beat him by 115 runs.

You know, the fast bowlers were road hog milkers?

Australia's fast bowler Rodney Hogg has taken 123 Test wickets in his career. But did you know that before becoming a cricketer there were milkmen? After retirement, Hogg ran a fruit shop in Melbourne and he ran it for more than a decade.

While Mark Waugh kept his brother Steve Waugh at 99 runs

The Waugh brothers, Mark and Steve Waugh, have been famous in the world of cricket. The Test against England was played in Perth in February 1995. The final batsman in the match was Craig McDermott as the Mark Waugh runner. Steve Waugh was 99 in the game at the opposite end. Mark Waugh was then run out. As a result, Steve Waugh was not out for 99 in Australia's first innings. Australia won the Test by a huge margin of 329 runs. Steve Waugh has been in the Never Knights 10 times in his Test career.

Australia are the only team to host a seven-Test series

Australia hosted 7 Test matches in the 1970-71 Ashes series. However, the experiment did not work out and England won the series 2-0. England won the fourth and seventh Tests of the series. Australian captain Bill Lowry became the first captain to be sacked midway through the series. After a draw in the sixth Test, Lori was removed as captain and young Ian Chappell was named captain. From where a new chapter of Australian cricket began.

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