Neighbours Australia and New Zealand set to play Boxing Day Test after 22 years
New Zealand will take on Australia in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
Boxing Day Test will be the first appearance of New Zealand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after 1987
Boxing Day Test match is a game of cricket played at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia every year
New Zealand will take on neighbours Australia in the Boxing Day Test starting from Thursday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in a bid to overall the Perth Test deficit.
New Zealand have had 10 days to recover from their Perth day-night Test thrashing, which saw their batsmen skittled for 166 and 171. However, this Boxing Day Test will be the first appearance of the Kiwis at the Melbourne Cricket Ground after 1987.
So long ago, in fact, that only four of the current New Zealand starters and three of the current Australian team had been born.
Last time when both these cricketing nations took ground against each other on the Boxing Day, Allan Border was leading the hosts and Jeff Crowe was New Zealand’s skipper.
It was another time, but the contest that ensued was timeless, “an enthralling match and a credit to cricket”, records Wisden.
Cut to 2019, a crowd of up to 75,000 is expected for day one of the historic Boxing Day Test, beginning from Thursday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australian skipper Tim Paine is encouraged by the looks of the Melbourne Cricket Ground surface but fully prepared to gamble on playing with five bowlers if a lifeless pitch is unveiled before the toss. Whereas visiting captain Kane Williamson is keen to ensure his players do not get carried away with playing in front of such a big crowd during one of the most prestigious days on the cricket calendar.
What is a Boxing Day Test match?
Boxing Day Tests have a very rich history in Australia and the sheer enormity of the MCG, more often than not, intimidates oppositions.
The Test, which starts a day after Christmas, sees a huge cricket-crazy crowd at the MCG on the first day and that was the day when India stamped their authority of the Test.
The Boxing Day Test match is a game of cricket played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Australia every year between December 26 and 30.
The Boxing Day Test is played between Australia and an opposing national team that is on a tour of the country during the southern summer. The Boxing Day Test is an annual event in Australia and begins on December 26, a day after Christmas.
When was the first Boxing Day Test played?
The first Boxing Day Test was played in Cricket’s oldest series i.e the Ashes, way back in 1950. The match was won by Australia by 25 runs. Besides Australia, other countries that play the Boxing Day Test are New Zealand and South Africa.