On this day longest test match was of 11 days between south africa and england at durban

new Delhi. Longest in cricket history 83 years ago (longest cricket match) The match was played. This match was to be played till the result of the match was declared. For 11 days, two teams struggled to become winners and when one team had come very close to becoming the winner, in a hurry to catch the ship, it left the match in the middle and the match was inconclusive. This longest and interesting match in the history of England and South Africa on 3 March 1939 on the ground of Durban. (England vs South Africa) was played between

England team went to South Africa for the Test series and the 5th and last Test match of the series got its name registered in history. For the 5th Test, both the teams came on the field. South African captain Alan Melwell won the toss and decided to bat first. The host batsmen batted vigorously for 2 days and the third day was kept as a rest day. On the fourth day the hosts were all out for 530 runs. South African batsmen Peter Van and Dodley Norse scored centuries. After this, England scored 316 runs in the first innings after batting for 2 days.

England were 42 runs away from victory

South Africa scored 481 runs in the second innings and with this the hosts’ lead increased to 696 runs. England batted stormy in the second innings. Bill Edrich scored a double century. England scored 654 runs and now they had to make 42 more runs to win and they had 5 wickets in hand. Even before this match, there was an agreement between the two teams that it will be played till the result is out. The match which started on 3 March reached till 14 March. England were a few runs away from victory.

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In a way, everyone had assumed that the winner of the longest cricket match was going to be England. But after the tea break, the match was stopped due to rain. Then the English captain Wally Hammond decided to leave the match in a hurry to go home. Actually the English team had to catch the ship to return home. In such a situation, both the teams got the match drawn with consent and with this the longest cricket match remained inconclusive despite playing for 11 days. The England team was to arrive after a two-day train journey from Durban to Cape Town to catch the ship on March 17. A total of 680 overs were bowled in this longest match in cricket history.

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