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51 years ago on this day the first ODI was played, know the interesting story of its beginning

On this day, fifty-one years ago, the first One Day International (ODI) was played between Australia and England. But the story behind its origin is even more interesting. Therefore, the use of one-day matches in domestic English cricket had already been made in the Gillette Cup, which began in 1963. However, the one-day game was still not a concept at the international level. Eight years after its inception, an ODI finally took place but it was not a planned affair. Rather it was organized to please the angry cricket lovers. (ODI history)

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What happened?

England came to tour Australia for a Test series in 1970–71 and the third Test was to begin in early January of 71. However, the first two days of the Test at the Melbourne Cricketer Ground (MCG) were washed out and the match was called off after the third day was also ruined by excessive rain. The Australian Cricket Board decided to host the 40-over game between Australia and England at the MCG, with 46,000 people watching it from the stands. Australia captain Bill Lawrie won the toss and elected to field first.

22 people from both the teams made their debut (ODI history)

On that day 22 people from both the teams made their debuts. Batting first, England were bowled out for 190 in 40 overs, with opener John Edrich scoring 82 off 119 balls, England’s only half-century. In reply, the Aussies played a 103-ball 60 from Ian Chappell in 34.6 overs. (ODI history)

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