There is no doubt that “money talks” in the international sporting world. Unfortunately, to the detriment of the game, it extends beyond this realm, even digging into domestic and local matches and events.
The first game of Test cricket was played in March 1877, between Australia and England. Charles Bannerman scored the first ever Test century-165 not out-and Australia won that game by 45 runs. (The first international match was played between Canada and the United States in 1844)
What a way we’ve come since then. We’ve had the addition of cricket-playing nations (there are 10 now), new technology, one-day cricket (and coloured clothing), rule changes, third umpire, the white ball, and numerous other items. Continue reading