Boxing Day Test
MCG - Friday 26th December 2014
Boxing Day Test Betting
It’s as Aussie as a dual-flush toilet and more traditional than Christmas, and the Boxing Day Test 2014 is coming to a ground near you (if you live near the MCG in Melbourne). Having spent the previous day with family, Boxing Day’s a great day to go to the cricket, even if you hate cricket. There’s a lot to love: the tradition, the jeering crowd, the red-stained white uniforms – and that’s just in the queue for pies! But seriously, a sunny day out at one of the world’s greatest sporting cauldrons watching Australia take on the best of the summer just can’t be beaten. And it makes for some great Boxing Day Test betting too!
Test Cricket’s kind of like the grandma of cricketing formats. But this doesn’t stop the Boxing Day Test regularly pulling the biggest crowds of the summer. And you wanna know why? Just like your grandma, Test Cricket is steeped in history and tradition – and with so much information at our fingertips and instant social-media gratification, slowing down to smell the willow on leather once in a while is good for the soul.
Facts about the Boxing Day Test
- A 1998 rain-interrupted match against England featured the longest single day’s play in Test history.
- In 2006, 89,155 packed the MCG to watch Shane Warne claim his 700th Test wicket (Andrew Strauss, England).
- In 1995, umpire Darrell Hair no-balled Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralidaran seven times in three overs for bowling with a bent arm.
Past Boxing Day Test Match Winners
Below is a list of the past Boxing Day Test matches and winners.
|Year||Opposition||Result||Boxing Day Crowd||Total Attendance|
|2013||England||Australia won by 8 wickets||91,112||271,865|
|2012||Sri Lanka||Australia won by an innings and 201 runs||67,138||137,455|
|2011||India||Australia won by 122 runs||70,068||189,347|
|2010||England||England won by an innings and 157 runs||84,345||240,156|
|2009||Pakistan||Australia won by 170 runs||59,206||156,267|
|2008||South Africa||South Africa won by 9 wickets||63,263||174,246|
|2007||India||Australia won by 337 runs||68,465||166,663|
|2006||England||Australia won by an innings and 99 runs||89,155||244,351|
|2005||South Africa||Australia won by 184 runs||71,910||192,337|
|2004||Pakistan||Australia won by 9 wickets||61,552||129,079|
|2003||India||Australia won by 9 wickets||62,613||179,662|
|2002||England||Australia won by 5 wickets||64,189||177,658|
|2001||South Africa||Australia won by 9 wickets||61,796||153,025|
|2000||West Indies||Australia won by 352 runs||73,233||133,299|
What happened in the 2013 Boxing Day Test?
England were hot favourites to defend the Ashes at the start of the summer, but Boxing Day Test odds swung back in favour of Australia performing a clean sweep of the five-test series. True to form, the home side won the Boxing Day Test by eight wickets and went on to a series whitewash.
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