The Boxing Day Cricket Test match is held each year on December 26th, which is observed as a traditional holiday in Commonwealth Nations. Traditionally, it was a day meant for workers where they received bonuses of money, food, and clothing from their employers. Landlords would give agricultural tools and seeds to their tenants as well. It has been a long tradition to play at the MCG during Christmas with matches unveiling between Victoria and New South Wales, in the early years. The modern tradition originated during the Ashes series in 1974 – 1975 when the all the test matches needed to be fitted into one overall schedule. That is when the third test was scheduled on Boxing Day.
The Team Lineups this year are as follows:
Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (c & wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
Right now, we have the third test match happening between the Indian and Australian teams at the MCG. After Australia’s previous win at Perth, the spot is now tied between both the India and Australia. Having begun at 10:30 EDT, India won the toss and elected to bat. Within the first 24 overs in just 52 runs, India already lost a wicket. By the end of 61 overs, India was already 137 / 2.
Mayank Agarwal was the opening batsman and even before tea, was out by Pat Cummins at 76 for 161. By lunch, India was around 57/1 until Cummins Struck with a short ball. The scorecard at the end of 89 overs has India at 215-2 with Kohli at 47 runs after 107 balls and Pujara at 68 after 200 + balls. Pujara is only the second Indian to face 200+ balls in a single inning, a feat achieved only by Sunil Gavaskar in Australia in 1977 – 78.
Cummins was in top form with his effort deliveries and hard lengths. The Australians were able to hold a rather economic run rate. Through the last 10 overs, India has been able to retain their wickets but was still left scoring a slow 23 runs. Tomorrow promises to be exciting as it would be with any game of cricket.
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