History Of Test Cricket From 1884 To 1889
The history of Test cricket between 1884 and 1889 was one of English dominance over the Australians. England won every Test series that was played. The period also saw the first use of the word "Test" to describe a form of cricket when the Press used it in 1885. It has remained in common usage ever since.
In 1883 England had won the first Ashes series by beating Australia 2-1 away, though they had lost a fourth extra Test played at the end of their Australian tour. However, this last Test proved to be a blip as English dominance remained for the rest of the 1880s. Of the 19 England-Australia Tests played in the period from 1884 to 1889, England won 14, Australia 3, with 2 draws.
1889 saw the first English team to tour South Africa. England won both representative matches easily. These matches, and those on the other early English tours of South Africa, were only recognised as Tests retrospectively, the first official tour not taking place till 1905-6.
Read more about History Of Test Cricket From 1884 To 1889: English Summer of 1884, Lillywhite, Shaw and Shrewsbury's Second Tour 1884/5, The English Summer of 1886, Lillywhite, Shaw and Shrewsbury's Third Tour 1886/7, England V Australia 1887/8, English Summer of 1888, South Africa's First Tests 1888/9
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