The Ashes - 5th Test
Australia v England
Australia won by 6 wickets
Test no. 57 | 1897/98 season
Played at Sydney Cricket Ground
26,28 February, 1,2 March 1898 (timeless match)
- Australia won the 5-match series 4-1
- Darling's hundred took only 91 minutes.
- Tom Richardson ended his Test career by returning his best analysis. His 88 wickets in only 14 matches included 11 instances of five or more in an innings.
- Darling was the first batsman to score three hundreds in the same Test rubber and the first to aggregate 500 runs in one
Who hit the first six in Test history? asked Erik Verhagen from Holland
Prior to 1910 the ball had to be hit out of the ground for six runs to be awarded, otherwise it was a four (although for a while the custom in Australia had been to award five runs for a hit over the ropes, with the batsman losing the strike). The first to collect a six by hitting the ball out of the ground in a Test was the Australian Joe Darling, during his 178 against England at Adelaide in 1897-98. The South Australian Register reported that Darling moved from 98 to 104 with "a hit to square leg which sent the ball sailing out of the Oval" off the slow left-armer Johnny Briggs. He also hit Briggs twice over the rope for fives. In 1902 Darling, by then Australia's captain, was also the first to hit an out-of-the-ground six in a Test in England: he hit two during his 51 at Old Trafford.