test match

noun

Definition of test match 

1 : any of a series of championship cricket matches played between teams representing Australia and England

2 : a championship game or series (as of cricket) played between teams representing different countries

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All of them learned to play in the dusty outskirts of Peshawar, the home in exile of Afghan cricket, and are now preparing to step into the limelight of a five-day test match for the first time. Washington Post, "After long wait, Afghanistan prepares for first cricket test," 11 June 2018 Cricket, which has also been hit by match-fixing, had another major betting company's logo appear on the boundary ropes in an Australian test match. Dennis Passa, Fox News, "Gambling expert calls for WADA-style monitoring of athletes," 23 May 2018 Ballistics tests matched the weapon to a projectile recovered at the murder scene, the DA's office said. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Woman, 22, found guilty of manslaughter in killing of 19-year-old woman," 24 May 2018 Australia captain Steve Smith, vice captain David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have been suspended and sent home from South Africa for their roles in a ball-tampering attempt during the third test match against South Africa last weekend. John Pye, Fox News, "Kids want to ask Aussie cricket captain: Why did you cheat?," 28 Mar. 2018 Bancroft and Smith had already admitted to the premeditated cheating over the weekend following the test match against South Africa, which Australia lost. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Sandpaper scandal shakes Australian national cricket team as cheating plot revealed," 28 Mar. 2018 On the very same day as England were losing against the Americans at football, the nation's cricket team was suffering its own unthinkable upset at Lord's; beaten by the West Indies in a test match for the first time ever, and comfortably so. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 17 Weeks to Go - England's Greatest Ever Defeat, the 1950 Loss to USA," 22 Feb. 2018

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1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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test match

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sports : a game or series of games of cricket or rugby played by teams from different countries

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