Do you know how law of Cricket and formats evolved from 18th century to 20th century?

There are plethora of sources about the evolution of Cricket, some advocated the origins of cricket lie somewhere in the Dark Ages and some advocated that the origins of cricket lie somewhere from Indian game “Gilli-Danda” but 18th century witnesses the formal match took place between Australia Vs England which timeless match.

Chronology of evolution of Cricket as game and its formats

1729: Date of earliest surviving bat, belonging to John Chitty, now in the pavilion at The Oval.

1744: Kent beat All England by one wicket at the Artillery Ground. First known version of the Laws of Cricket, issued by the London Club, formalising the pitch as 22 yards long.


1771: Width of bat limited to 4 1/4 inches, where it has remained ever since.

1774: LBW law devised.

1780: The first six-seamed cricket ball, manufactured by Dukes of Penshurst, Kent.


1807: First mention of "straight-armed" (i.e. round-arm) bowling  by John Willes of Kent.

1836: Batting pads invented.

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1850: Wicket-keeping gloves first used.

1858: First recorded instance of a hat being awarded to a bowler taking three wickets with consecutive balls.

1864: Overhand bowling authorised by MCC.

1877: First Test match- Australia beat England by 45 runs in Melbourne.

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1889: South Africa's first Test match. Declarations first authorised, but only on the third day, or in a one-day match.

1900: Six-ball over becomes the norm, instead of five.

1909: Imperial Cricket Conference (ICC - now the International Cricket Council) set up, with England, Australia and South Africa the original members.

1931: Stumps made higher (28 inches istead of 27) and wider (nine inches instead of eight - this was optional until 1947).


1932: India's first Test match.

1971: First one-day international: Australia v England at Melbourne.

1975: First World Cup: West Indies beat Australia in final at Lord's.

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1980: Eight-ball over abolished in Australia, making the six-ball over universal.

1993: The ICC ceases to be administered by MCC, becoming an independent organisation with its own chief executive.

1998: The D/L method of resetting targets in rain-affected one-day cricket matches was trialled successfully during 1997 by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the ECB (England & Wales Cricket Board) and the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU). It has already been chosen for use in 1998 by the ECB, the ZCU and New Zealand.

2003: Introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2003 for the inter-county competition in England and Wales.

2005: The ICC introduces Power-plays and Super-subs in ODIs, and hosts the inaugural Super-series.

2007: ICC introduces World Twenty20 Championship.

2008-09: Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS or DRS) is a technology-based system. It was first tested in an India v Sri Lanka match in 2008,and was officially launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 24 November 2009 during the first Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan at the University Oval in Dunedin.

2011: Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS or DRS) was first used in One Day Internationals (ODI) in January 2011, during England's tour of Australia.

2017: ICC added restrictions on the thickness of the edges (40mm) and the overall depth (67mm). Each team can name six substitutes (previously it was four) in Test cricket.

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