Boxing Day Test
MCG - Saturday 26th December 2016
Boxing Day Test
Christmas Day is about kindness, the act of giving and spending time with your loved ones. Boxing Day is about watching the Aussies absolutely smash another country to bits in the cricket (unless you’re one of those nutjobs who loves fighting complete strangers over a discounted pair of shoes). What better way to kick off the festive season than to see Aussie quicks dish out a bit of chin music or cart blokes all over the G’? Yes! Whether you’re in bay 13 downing beers with Bobby Hawke or on the couch taking a load off (and let’s face it, you’ve probably earnt it), there’s just nothing better than the Boxing Day Test.
The Boxing Day Test is played annually at Melbourne’s MCG and dates back to 1950. The first Test to actually start on Boxing Day was in 1974 when Australia drew with the Poms, though it wasn’t until 1980 that it became a regular fixture in the Aussie sporting calendar. Since then it has grown into something of an institution and has seen many great moments, including Vyv Richards’ double ton in ’84, some amazing spells of bowling by Curtley Ambrose, Dayle Steyn, Bruce Reid and Mitchell Johnson, a packed G’ chanting ‘Warney! Warney! to the king of spin after he took his 700th wicket, and who could forget Darrell Hare no-balling Murali seven times? ‘Ohhhhhhhhh… NO BALL!’ In short, the Boxing Day Test encapsulates everything we love about Aussie cricket.
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|
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.