International cricket matches, known as test matches, can last no more than 5 days. If a result has not been decided before the conclusion of the 5th day, then the match is declared a draw. Normally 90 overs are scheduled to be bowled each day, although this may change due to weather conditions. "Timeless tests" always produced results, but they were abandoned due to the unpredictable length of the matches, which made scheduling and other commercial aspects of the games almost impossible to organize.
The last and longest test match took place in Durban, South Africa in 1939 between the hosts and England. The game started on the 3rd of March and play continued on the 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 13th and the 14th (9 days of play in total, but 12 days in elapsed time). Rain prevented play on the 11th.
On the evening of 14 March, England were 316 and 654 for 5, while South Africa were 530 and 481. England only needed 42 more runs to win, but the team's boat was also due to leave the next day. So although it was supposed to be a "timeless test", a draw was agreed. The score of 654 for England is the highest score (by over 200 runs) ever recorded for a team batting last. Ever since this game test matches have been limited to 5 days.