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The Boxing Day Test match is a cricket Test match held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia involving the Australian cricket team and an opposing national team that is touring Australia during the southern summer. It begins annually on Boxing Day (26 December) and is played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Boxing Day Test
Boxing Day Test 2015.jpg
The Melbourne Cricket Ground during the first day of the 2015 Boxing Day Test match
StatusActive
GenreSporting event
Begins26 December
Ends30 December
FrequencyAnnual
Location(s)Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Inaugurated1950 (1950)

HistoryEdit

 
Cricket crowd at the Boxing Day test in 2007

By long tradition, a Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and New South Wales had been played at the MCG over the Christmas period. It included Boxing Day as one of the scheduled days of play, much to the chagrin of the NSW players who missed spending Christmas with their families as a result. The Melbourne Test was usually held over the New Year period, often starting on 1 January.

During the 1950–51 Ashes series, the Melbourne Test was played from 22 to 27 December, with the fourth day's play being on Boxing Day, but no test matches were played on Boxing Day in Melbourne between 1953 and 1967. Because there were six Tests in the 1974–75 Ashes series, in order to fit them all in to the overall schedule, the Third Test at Melbourne was scheduled to start on Boxing Day. That was the origin of the modern tradition, although it was not until 1980 that the Melbourne Cricket Club and the Australian cricket team secured the rights to begin a test match annually on Boxing Day at the MCG.

Boxing Day International CricketEdit

In 1989, instead of a Test match, a One Day International involving Australia and Sri Lanka was played, which Australia won by 30 runs.[1]

List of Boxing Day Test matchesEdit

Year Opposition team Result Boxing Day Crowd Total Attendance
1950[2]   England   Australia won by 28 runs[3] 60,486[4] 191,197[4]
1952[5]   South Africa   South Africa won by 82 runs 24,609 120,314[4]
1968   West Indies   Australia won by an innings and 30 runs 18,766 113,376
1974   England Draw 77,167 250,750[4]
1975   West Indies   Australia won by 8 wickets 85,661 222,755[4]
1980   New Zealand Draw 28,671 82,745
1981   West Indies   Australia won by 58 runs 39,982 134,081[4]
1982   England   England won by 3 runs 63,900 214,882[4]
1983   Pakistan Draw 40,277 111,611[4]
1984[6]   West Indies Draw 15,504 (25,555 Day 1) 97,271[4]
1985   India Draw 18,146 77,715[4]
1986   England   England won by an innings and 14 runs 58,203 107,817[4]
1987   New Zealand Draw 51,807 127,184[4]
1988[5]   West Indies   West Indies won by 258 runs 26,287 108,408[4]
1990   England   Australia won by 9 wickets 49,763 129,530[4]
1991   India   Australia won by 8 wickets 42,494 89,369[4]
1992   West Indies   Australia won by 139 runs 28,397 83,320[4]
1993   South Africa Draw 15,604 (rain) 48,565[4]
1994[5]   England   Australia won by 295 runs 51,620 144,492[4]
1995   Sri Lanka   Australia won by 10 wickets 55,239 105,388[4]
1996   West Indies   West Indies won by 6 wickets 72,891 131,671[4]
1997   South Africa Draw 73,812 160,182[4]
1998   England   England won by 12 runs 61,580 159,031[4]
1999   India   Australia won by 180 runs 49,082 (rain) 134,554[4]
2000   West Indies   Australia won by 352 runs 73,233 133,299[4]
2001   South Africa   Australia won by 9 wickets 61,796 153,025[4]
2002   England   Australia won by 5 wickets 64,189 177,658[4]
2003   India   Australia won by 9 wickets 62,613 179,662[4]
2004   Pakistan   Australia won by 9 wickets 61,552 129,079[4]
2005   South Africa   Australia won by 184 runs 71,910 192,337[4]
2006   England   Australia won by an innings and 99 runs 89,155[7] 244,351[4]
2007   India   Australia won by 337 runs 68,465[8] 166,663[8]
2008   South Africa   South Africa won by 9 wickets [1] 63,263[8] 174,246[8]
2009   Pakistan   Australia won by 170 runs 59,206[8] 156,267[8]
2010   England   England won by an innings and 157 runs 84,345[8] 240,156[8]
2011   India   Australia won by 122 runs[9] 70,068[8] 189,347[9]
2012   Sri Lanka   Australia won by an innings and 201 runs 67,138[8] 137,455[8]
2013   England   Australia won by 8 wickets 91,112[8] 271,865[8]
2014   India Draw 69,993 194,481
2015   West Indies   Australia won by 177 runs 53,389 127,069[10][11][12][13]
2016   Pakistan   Australia won by an innings and 18 runs 63,478 (rain) 142,188[14][15][16][17][18]
2017   England Draw 88,173 261,335
2018   India   India won by 137 runs [2] 73,516 176,539
2019   New Zealand
2020   India
2021   England
2022   South Africa

Other Boxing Day TestsEdit

In New Zealand an annual Boxing Day Test Match was played at Basin Reserve in Wellington, involving New Zealand as one of the competing sides. Over the past few years the Boxing day Test has been phased out for a One Day International and Twenty20 matches involving New Zealand and the touring opposition national team. In 2014 the Boxing Day Tests returned with Sri Lanka playing at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

In South Africa a Boxing Day Test is often played if another national team is touring to play South Africa. It is traditionally played at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban. For the 2017 Boxing Day Test, South Africa played a four-day Test match against Zimbabwe.[19] From 2018 it was played at SuperSport Park, Centurion.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ODI # 596 Benson & Hedges World Series, 1989/90, 1st Match, Australia v Sri Lanka
  2. ^ Boxing Day was the third day of the Test match.
  3. ^ "2nd Test: Australia v. England 1950". ESPN EMEA Ltd. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad "Records – MCG Test Matches". Melbourne Cricket Ground. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b c Boxing Day was the second day of the Test match.
  6. ^ Boxing Day was the fourth day of the test match.
  7. ^ "Melbourne Cricket Ground Attendances". Archived from the original on 29 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Recent MCG Cricket Attendances". Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  9. ^ a b "India tour of Australia, 2011/12 (1st Test)". ESPN EMEA Ltd. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  10. ^ OFFICIAL CROWD FIGURE: 53,389 #AUSvWI twitter.com/MCG. Retrieved on 29 Dec, 2015
  11. ^ Official attendance today: 40,516. #AUSvWI #MCG twitter.com/MCG. Retrieved on 29 Dec, 2015
  12. ^ Official attendance today: 26,003. #AUSvWI #MCG twitter.com/MCG. Retrieved on 29 Dec, 2015
  13. ^ Today's attendance for Day 4 of the Boxing Day Test is 7,161 #AUSvWI twitter.com/MCG. Retrieved on 29 Dec, 2015
  14. ^ Today's official attendance at the MCG: 63,478. #AusvPak twitter.com/MCG. Retrieved on 30 Dec, 2016
  15. ^ Official Attendance on Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test: 39,339 #AUSvPAK twitter.com/MCG. Retrieved on 30 Dec, 2016
  16. ^ Official attendance at the 'G for Day 3 of the Test is 25,393 #AUSvPAK twitter.com/MCG. Retrieved on 30 Dec, 2016
  17. ^ For those playing at home, the official attendance for today was 7789. #AusvPak twitter.com/MCG. Retrieved on 30 Dec, 2016
  18. ^ @ozrobbo: It was 6189. twitter.com/MCG. Retrieved on 30 Dec, 2016
  19. ^ "Test, ODI leagues approved by ICC Board". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 October 2017.

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