Boxing Day Test
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The Boxing Day Test match is a cricket Test match in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia involving the Australian cricket team and an opposing national team which is touring Australia that summer. It begins annually on Boxing Day (26 December) and is played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Every four years, the Boxing Day Test forms part of the five-match Ashes series with England.
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.
During the 1950–51 Ashes series, the Melbourne Test was played from 22 to 27 December, with the third 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 wasn't 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 One Day International
List of Boxing Day Test matches
|Year||Opposition team||Result||Boxing Day Crowd||Total Attendance|
|1950||England||Australia won by 28 runs||60,486||191,197|
|1952||South Africa||South Africa won by 82 runs||24,609||120,314|
|1968||West Indies||Australia won by an innings and 30 runs||18,766||113,376|
|1975||West Indies||Australia won by 8 wickets||85,661||222,755|
|1981||West Indies||Australia won by 58 runs||39,982||134,081|
|1982||England||England won by 3 runs||63,900||214,882|
|1984||West Indies||Draw||15,504 (25,555 Day 1)||97,271|
|1986||England||England won by an innings and 14 runs||58,203||107,817|
|1988||West Indies||West Indies won by 258 runs||26,287||108,408|
|1990||England||Australia won by 9 wickets||49,763||129,530|
|1991||India||Australia won by 8 wickets||42,494||89,369|
|1992||West Indies||Australia won by 139 runs||28,397||83,320|
|1993||South Africa||Draw||15,604 (rain)||48,565|
|1994||England||Australia won by 295 runs||51,620||144,492|
|1995||Sri Lanka||Australia won by 10 wickets||55,239||105,388|
|1996||West Indies||West Indies won by 6 wickets||72,891||131,671|
|1998||England||England won by 12 runs||61,580||159,031|
|1999||India||Australia won by 180 runs||49,082 (rain)||134,554|
|2000||West Indies||Australia won by 352 runs||73,233||133,299|
|2001||South Africa||Australia won by 9 wickets||61,796||153,025|
|2002||England||Australia won by 5 wickets||64,189||177,658|
|2003||India||Australia won by 9 wickets||62,613||179,662|
|2004||Pakistan||Australia won by 9 wickets||61,552||129,079|
|2005||South Africa||Australia won by 184 runs||71,910||192,337|
|2006||England||Australia won by an innings and 99 runs||89,155||244,351|
|2007||India||Australia won by 337 runs||68,465||166,663|
|2008||South Africa||South Africa won by 9 wickets ||63,263||174,246|
|2009||Pakistan||Australia won by 170 runs||59,206||156,267|
|2010||England||England won by an innings and 157 runs||84,345||240,156|
|2011||India||Australia won by 122 runs||70,068||189,347|
|2012||Sri Lanka||Australia won by an innings and 201 runs||67,138||137,455|
|2013||England||Australia won by 8 wickets||91,112||271,865|
Other Boxing Day Tests
In New Zealand an annual Boxing Day Test Match was played at Basin Reserve in Wellington, involving the New Zealand cricket team 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. It has been announced that in 2013 the Boxing Day Tests will be returning with the West Indies playing at Basin Reserve.
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- Boxing Day was the second day of the test match.
- Boxing Day was the fourth day of the test match.
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- History of MCG Boxing Day Tests
- Scoreboard: 1950 Boxing Day Test
- Scoreboard: 1952 Boxing Day Test
- Scoreboard: 1968 Boxing Day Test
- Scoreboard: 1974 Boxing Day Test
- Scoreboard: 1975 Boxing Day Test
- Scoreboard: 1980 Boxing Day Test