Melbourne Cricket Ground - Boxing Day Test
  • MCC Logo
  • NSM Logo

Boxing Day Test

Another century on Boxing Day at the MCG for Matthew Hayden

With the excitement and exhaustion of Christmas Day over, the Boxing Day Test at the MCG is one of Australia's most popular sporting events. Reasons for this go well beyond the fact that cricket in Melbourne, and indeed Australia, attracts loyal supporters.

The popularity of the Boxing Day Test also has something to do with Australia's relaxed outdoor lifestyle, which sees sports lovers appreciate a fine summer's day spent with friends watching sporting greats battle it out on a well-manicured field.

The first ever Test match involving Boxing Day took place in 1950. Prior to that, Boxing Day at the MCG had been the domain of Sheffield Shield cricket, often the highly popular Victoria-New South Wales encounters.

Many famous events have happened during the Boxing Day Test, including umpire Darrell Hair calling Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing in 1995 and Shane Warne taking his 700th Test wicket in 2006 against England in his final MCG Test.

The 2014 Boxing Day Test will be held from December 26-30 between Australia and India.

View a snapshot of Boxing Day Test history.



Back to top

THERE are three reasons why Australia captain Michael Clarke decided the World Cup final against New Zealand should be his last game of one-day cricket.

Herald Sun

THIRTY-FOUR years ago Trevor Chappell bowled a ball that won the game, sparked an international incident and helped define the trans-Tasman rivalry.

Herald Sun

THERE is a seven-letter word on the lips of every Kiwi ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final — and it is not necessarily winning.

Herald Sun

BRISBANE Roar’s A-League title defence is in tatters after a 1-0 loss to top six rivals Melbourne City at AAMI Park. Re-live the game in our Match Centre.

Herald Sun

BILLY Slater is set to sign a $1.8 million deal with Melbourne Storm as he closes in on becoming the NRL’s greatest tryscorer for one club.

Herald Sun