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England squeeze home in country's first Test

The hastily-arranged match between the Australians and an England XI captained by Lord Harris, now deemed to be the first Test staged in England, was won by the home side but produced a thrilling contest which ebbed and flowed to the end

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Scorecard Summary

ENGLAND 420(210.3 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 149(75.1 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 327 f/o(176.3 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

ENGLAND 57/5(33.3 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

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  • England squeeze home in country's first Test

    The hastily-arranged match between the Australians and an England XI captained by Lord Harris, now deemed to be the first Test staged in England, was won by the home side but produced a thrilling contest which ebbed and flowed to the end