How cricket's Test nations fared on their debuts

The Irish will certainly hope to avoid the fate of New Zealand, who took 26 years to win their first Test match. (AFP)
Updated 10 May 2018
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How cricket's Test nations fared on their debuts

  • Ireland will become just the 11th nation to play men's Test cricket
  • New Zealand took 26 years to win their first Test match

DUBLIN: Ireland will become just the 11th nation to play men's Test cricket when they face Pakistan at Dublin's Malahide in a match starting Friday.
Ideally, they would like to emulate the feat of Australia, who remain the only side to have won their inaugural Test -- beating England in the first such match, in Melbourne in 1877.
And the Irish will certainly hope that, whatever happens in the days ahead, they avoid the fate of New Zealand, who took 26 years to win their first Test match.
Below AFP Sport looks at how all the previous 10 Test nations started off and how long they each took to record a win in the format.

Australia
First Test match: 1877, Melbourne
Result: Beat England by 45 runs

England
First Test: 1877, Melbourne
Result: Lost to Australia by 45 runs
Time of first win: 2 weeks, 2 Tests

South Africa
First Test: 1889, Port Elizabeth
Result: Lost to England by 8 wickets
Time of first win: 7 years, 12 Tests

West Indies
First Test: 1928, Lord's
Result: Lost to England by an inns and 58 runs
Time of first win: 2 years, 6 Tests

New Zealand
First Test: 1930, Christchurch
Result: Lost to England by 8 wickets
Time of first win: 26 years, 45 Tests

India
First Test: 1932, Lord's
Result: Lost to England by 158 runs
Time of first win: 20 years, 25 Tests

Pakistan
First Test: 1952, Delhi
Result: Lost to India by an inns and 70 runs
Time of first win: 1 week, two Tests

Sri Lanka
First Test: 1982, Colombo
Result: Lost to England by 7 wkts
Time of first win: 3 years, 14 Tests

Zimbabwe
First Test: 1992, Harare
Result: Drew with India
Time of first win: 3 years, 11 Tests

Bangladesh
First Test: 2000, Dhaka
Result: Lost to India by 9 wkts
Time of first win: 5 years, 35 Tests


Siakam has 30 points, Raptors top Magic 98-93 for 2-1 lead

Updated 20 April 2019
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Siakam has 30 points, Raptors top Magic 98-93 for 2-1 lead

  • Siakam was 13 for 20 from the floor
  • Raptors held Orlando to 36% shooting

ORLANDO, Florida: Pascal Siakam had 30 points and 11 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 16 points and the Toronto Raptors held off the Orlando Magic 98-93 on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round series.
Siakam was 13 for 20 from the floor and the Raptors held Orlando to 36% shooting. Leonard had 10 rebounds, Danny Green had 13 points and Kyle Lowry finished with 12 points and 10 assist.
Terrence Ross led Orlando with 24 points, and Nikola Vucevic shook off a slow start to finish with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Game 4 is Sunday night in Orlando.
The Raptors trailed 61-60 midway through the third, then went on a 16-0 run over the next four minutes to take the lead for good. Siakam and Green were both 3 for 3 during the run, the Magic missed 10 consecutive shots over a span of 6 1/2 minutes and had to play uphill the rest of the way.
That being said, they went down swinging.
Lowry’s 3-pointer with 7:48 left gave Toronto its biggest lead at 86-69. The Magic came flying back, and Ross’ 3-pointer with 41 seconds left got Orlando to 96-93.
Leonard was short with a jumper on the next possession — but the Magic couldn’t control the rebound, and were doomed shortly afterward. Leonard made a pair of free throws with 12.9 seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game again, and that closed the scoring.
Orlando, which finished the regular season by winning 13 of its final 14 home games, was 13 of 44 from 3-point range.
Toronto scored the first 10 points — the last five by Siakam, who was a problem from the outset for the Magic — and led by as many as 11 in the first half.
Orlando got within one on three occasions in the first half, but never got the lead in the opening 24 minutes. Toronto took a 48-45 lead into the break after Ross beat the clock from midcourt at the buzzer.
He took off from the Magic logo and released the ball with about a half-second remaining, it hitting the square on the backboard perfectly and dropping through. Ross never broke stride, watching the ball’s flight as he ran and kept going through the tunnel leading to the Magic locker room.
TIP-INS
Raptors: Toronto had lost four consecutive Game 3s. ... Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) was active, but did not play. ... The Raptors are 6-1 in their last seven road games this season. ... Siakam has 73 points and 30 rebounds in the series.
Magic: Among the former Orlando players in the building were Tracy McGrady, Jameer Nelson and Horace Grant. ... Orlando missed three shots at the rim in one third-quarter possession. Vucevic missed at the rim, and Gordon couldn’t convert on two putback tries. ... Attendance was 19,367, the second-most in the Amway Center’s nine-season history.
GOVERNOR SPEAKS
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the state’s first lady Casey DeSantis were in attendance and received Magic “46” jerseys — a nod to his being the 46th governor of the Sunshine State. The governor and Magic CEO Alex Martins spoke pregame about the hope for Orlando to get another All-Star Game soon, though all through 2022 has already been awarded to other Eastern Conference cities — and Milwaukee, another East city, has expressed interest in 2023.
UP NEXT
Game 4 is Sunday night in Orlando.