We would have seen a Test match getting ended as a result of rain playing spoilsport, spectators attack on cricketers, bad light etc. But during a Test match in 1939, the test match got over because the touring players had to catch their boat back to their country.

The match was also known for consuming most number of days for an International match. The fifth Test between South Africa and England at Durban took place for nine long days and the match had to be stopped because the English cricketers wanted to catch the boat back to England.

This match had started on 3 March and went on till 14 March. South Africa had set England a target of 696 to win the test. The English batsmen took on the Proteas bowler as they refused to give up and took down the target.

After the ninth day of the test and 12th day since the match began, England had to leave to catch their boat home, England had reached 654 for 5. Unfortunately they had to leave home and the match eventually ended in a draw with England just 42 runs shy of chasing a World Record score that would have never been broken.

It was also called as the “Timeless Test” and is the longest ever Test match played till date.


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