January 5, 1971: When ODI cricket was born

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021, marks the 50th anniversary of One Day International cricket. It was on at the present time 50 years in the past extreme rain led to the primary worldwide limited-overs cricket match to be performed. An attendance of 46,000 was recorded on the MCG, an indication of the recognition this format would achieve within the coming many years.

On January 5, 1971, the primary ever ODI was performed when the third Test between Australia and England was washed out in Melbourne.

The first high stage one-day competitors launched in home English cricket was the Gilette Cup in 1963 however it was solely eight years later that rain led to directors attempting out the format on the worldwide enviornment.

The Australian cricket board determined to host a 40-over one-day worldwide in Melbourne when the primary three days of the third Test between the 2 nations received washed out on the MCG attributable to extreme rain. Eager to provide followers some cricketing motion, Australian captain Bill Lawry received the toss and elected to subject first towards Ray Illingworth’s workforce. Australia received the sport by 5 wickets.

England saved dropping wickets at common intervals, however opening batsman John Edrich caught in and received a rating of 82 from 119 balls. Spinners Ashley Mallett and Keith Stackpole had been the decide of the bowlers for the house aspect with figures of three/34 and three/40 respectively. Fast bowler Graham McKenzie was the following finest bowler with figures of two/22.

Australia misplaced two early wickets earlier than Ian Chappell (60*) and Doug Walters (41*) shared a partnership of 66 runs, which helped the workforce chase down the entire in 35 overs with 5 wickets in hand.

Skipper Illingworth was England’s finest bowler with figures of three/50. Fast bowlers Ken Shuttleworth and Basil D’Oliveira picked up the opposite two wickets.

To the board’s shock, 46,000 folks turned up within the stadium to observe the match. It was then that the board realised that the one-day worldwide format could possibly be an enormous hit.

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