test match


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

Examples of test match in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Taylor, 56, was charged after testing matched touch DNA found on Donlan’s body to Taylor, and a journal discovered in Donlan’s home showed the two men had been feuding over money, prosecutors said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Lakewood man who called 911 to report neighbor missing charged with murder in his death," 3 July 2019 But even Saturday’s four-hour, 42 minute, 17-13 Yankees victory before 59,659 fans has to seem a breeze compared to a five-day cricket test match. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "Column: When the Cubs and Cardinals play in London next year, leave the U.S. announcers at home," 1 July 2019 Coming of age In 2017, Afghanistan was awarded full member status of the ICC and played its first test match in 2018, losing heavily to India, one of the game’s giants. Philippa Velija, Quartz India, "Why war-torn Afghanistan is now a darling of the cricketing world," 11 June 2019 Afghanistan will host Ireland in the northern Indian city of Dehradun for three Twenty20 and five one-day internationals before a five-day test match — only the second for both countries since their admission to cricket’s elite. Rizwan Ali, The Seattle Times, "Afghanistan set to “host” 1st home test in India vs Ireland," 19 Feb. 2019 In terms of mental preparation, 15-a-side rugby is a different beast to sevens -- something that Brian O'Driscoll, whose illustrious career spanned 141 test matches for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions, readily acknowledges. George Ramsay, CNN, "Mind game: When rugby stars are 'too nervous to take the field'," 1 June 2018 In the absence of Gary Wilson, Ireland will be led by Paul Stirling in the T20s before William Porterfield takes over the captaincy for the ODIs and the test match. Rizwan Ali, The Seattle Times, "Afghanistan set to “host” 1st home test in India vs Ireland," 19 Feb. 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'test match.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of test match

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about test match

Dictionary Entries near test match

test lamp

test lead


test match

test meal


test oath

Statistics for test match

Last Updated

18 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for test match

The first known use of test match was in 1862

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for test match

test match


English Language Learners Definition of test match

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

More from Merriam-Webster on test match

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with test match

Comments on test match

What made you want to look up test match? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


something desired as essential

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!