First one-day international of top cricket-playing nations
- A brief description of the first ODI of various cricket nations.
The ODI format of cricket was introduced almost 94 years after the first ever Test was played. The first ever ODI was played between England and Australia in the year 1971. The concept of ODI and limited overs cricket was alien till then.
However, with the passage of time, ODI cricket has indeed changed the way cricket is played and is of vital importance in today's day and age with the ever-increasing competition from T20 cricket. However, the cricket World Cup which is played every 4 years is a prominent fixture and reflects the importance of ODI cricket in international cricket.
Let us go down the memory lane and see how various teams fared in their first ever ODI.
#1 Australia and England
The third Test in the 1970-1971 Ashes series was abandoned due to rain without a single ball being bowled. The fifth day of the abandoned Test saw the birth of ODI cricket. The hosts played England in a 40 over match (8 ball per over). The historic Melbourne Cricket Ground was the venue for the first ever ODI.
Australia won the toss and elected to field before a capacity crowd of around 46,000 present at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. England were bowled out for 190 runs and the hosts easily chased the target in 34.6 overs with 5 wickets in hand.
Though the visitors were beaten, their opener Edrich was named the player of the match for scoring 82 runs.