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The second day of the 2006 Boxing Day test match

The Boxing Day Test match is a cricket Test match hosted 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. Every four years, the Boxing Day Test forms part of the 5-match Ashes series with England.

History

Boxingaday

Cricket crowd at the Boxing Day test in 2007

By long tradition the Victoria-New South Wales Sheffield Shield match included Boxing Day at the MCG as one of the scheduled days of play, much to the chagrin of the NSW players who missed Christmas with their families as a result. In the 1950–51 Ashes series the Melbourne Test was held on the 22–27 December, with the third day's play being on Boxing Day, but No Boxing Day Tests were played in Melbourne between 1953 and 1967. As there were six Tests in the 1974–75 Ashes series to fit them all in the Third Test at Melbourne was scheduled to start on Boxing Day, beginning the modern tradition. In 1980 the Melbourne Cricket Club and the Australian cricket team secured the rights to play the match annually.

Boxing Day One Day International

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

List of Boxing Day Test matches

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

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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.

In South Africa a Boxing Day Test is often played if another national team is touring to play the South African cricket team. It is traditionally played at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban and starting from 2013-14 it will be played at SuperSport Park, Centurion.

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