The first ever test match was played between Australia and England at Melbourne in 1877. The test cricket initially did not appeal to the world. It remained restricted to the cricket warring nations, Australia and England.
Tests were comparatively rare events earlier. 803 matches played in the first hundred years compared to 1,197 in the last 34 years.
The interest in test cricket was affected by the integration of the one-day international schedule into the game of cricket. Then recently the advent of the brash Twenty20 had its implications too on test cricket.
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has said that the Test cricket is the pinnacle form of the game.
“It is our link to the game’s origins; it is what defines greatness and it is recognized by the players as being the benchmark by which they wish to be graded and remembered.
“History has proven that no other form of the game can create memorable and meaningful moments like Test cricket can.”
Despite the inclusion of ODIs and T-20, test cricket had come out be more popular in te past 34 years of its history than in the initial 100 years of its history.