Australia v England
Marylebone Cricket Club in Australia and New Zealand 1970/71 (3rd Test)
VenueMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on 31st December 1970, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th January 1971 (5-day match)
Balls per over8
TossEngland won the toss and decided to field
ResultMatch abandoned
UmpiresTF Brooks, LP Rowan
ScorersBW Bright (Australia), MP Ringham (England)

Rain prevented play starting as the players were entering the field. A conference between the Australian Board, the MCC Manager, and two MCC Officials lead to the match being abandoned and replaced by a limited overs match which was later recognised as the first ever ODI.
The MCC tour schedule was rearranged to include an additional Test at Melbourne on 21,22,23,25,26 January.
Whilst the Australian Board of Control recognised this match as an official Test to be included in match statistics, nearly all statisticians around the world do not do so.





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