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Tale Of The Longest Cricket Match

Cricket has its own grandeur amongst all other sports and this grandeur shows up more and more in the fantasy cricket league. The understanding of cricket’s rich history is thrilling as well as knowledgeable. 

Are you just planning to sit down with one of your online fantasy cricket to play and enjoy? Make your team and read this interesting tale till the real match starts. We are sure you will find this post interesting and full of unknown facts. Just read on: 

The game played between South Africa and England at the historic Kingsmead, Durban. The game started on Friday 3 March and it ended 14 March 1939, after 43 hours and 16 minutes of play, 1,981 runs, and 5,447 balls. After all that, it still lacked the one thing it supposed to have – a winner. England needed 41 runs to win. But the match had drawn because the English players had to leave to catch their boat back to England. The match included 9 days of play spread over 12 days due to torrential showers. 

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Due to the draw result, and the length of this match, it is over and over again referring as the ‘timeless’ test. And the only one of its type in history. 

The Concept of a Timeless Test 

A timeless test is alike to modern test cricket, with the exception of the fact that there are no time constraints. Both sides of the team carry on playing the match until one side wins or the match gets tied.  

There have been 99 timeless Tests played between the years 1877 to 1939. The last match was fifth test match of South Africa and England. The match was not expected to be played more than 5 days but it went on to 12 days d and its duration became the longest on record in the history of cricket. 

South African team and England shared an intense rivalry even then in the 1930s. The 5 match series was 1 – 0 in the favour of the visitors. This was the last opportunity for the South African team to make the series a tie against the mighty England team. 

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