From 15th to the 19th of March 1877, England and Australia played the first-ever Test match in international cricket.
Although Test cricket continues to shine today, the sport has altered dramatically in the years since then.
Often referred to be the “purest” version of the game, it has undergone a number of alterations over the years, but the longest version of the game continues to fascinate enthusiasts all over the world.
Here’s the list of players who have scored slowest fifty in test cricket
England has produced a number of renowned batsmen over the history of Test cricket, one of them Trevor Bailey.
Bailey scored 68 runs in 425 balls in the first Test between England and Australia, which was held in Brisbane.
He made his half-century off 350 balls, which was a remarkable achievement.
In 357 minutes, the former English all-rounder got his fifty.
Former Australian captain Allan Border is a well-known figure in Test cricket history.
He was Australia’s leader for many years, and during that period he set numerous records.
Border scored 75 runs off 330 balls against a West Indies team that included superstars like Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose, and Courtney Walsh.
He got to fifty in 262 balls.
In the 1980s and 1990s, New Zealand was a cricketing superpower.
During that time, they had some legendary players, and Evan Gray was one of them.
Gray was a specialist bowler for New Zealand who only appeared in 10 Test matches.
In a 1986 match against England in Nottingham, he hit a 238-ball fifty.
Gray batted at number six and slogged his way to fifty runs with a strike rate of only 21.
In the year 1980, English batsman Chris Tavare’ had score the slowest fifty of all time.
He had an unusually slow inning, scoring 82 runs on 277 pitches and reaching fifty in 236 pitches.
Tavare’ batted first for England and scored the most runs in the match.
Peter Taylor only played for Australia for a short time, but his 235-ball fifty against England will live on.
Taylor batted at number seven and put in a solid performance to keep his team in the game.
In 251 balls, he scored 54* runs, with his fifty coming in 235 balls.