The Ashes - 1st Test
England v Australia
Test no. 60 | 1899 season
Played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
1,2,3 June 1899 (3-day match)
- The first five-match rubber in England began with the first Test ever staged at Nottingham.
- WG Grace, playing his last Test was 50 years and 320 days old when the match ended; only W Rhodes played Test cricket at a greater age, and by coincidence, he was making his debut in Grace's last match.
"Best ball on a `sticky' pitch is a spinnin' half-volley," such was his doctrine. And he bowled to his field with the precision of high mathematics.
The guy you hit? If he got a look at the plates, it won't even take that long. There's no play here. There's no angle, there's no champagne room. I'm not a miracle worker, I'm a janitor. The math on this is simple; the smaller the mess, the easier it is for me to clean up.