BOXING DAY

  • 4th Ashes Test: Battered England seek solace on Boxing Day December 25, 2013

    Melbourne: An Ashes series that promised so much has all but fizzled with Australia taking an unassailable 30 lead, but Melbourne's Boxing Day Test offers some intrigue as to whether England will continue to selfdestruct or salvage some pride from a turbulent campaign. Arriving as comfortable winners of the northern Ashes...
  • Australia's 30 is better than England's, says Peter Siddle December 23, 2013

    Australia have been more dominant and ruthless in winning the Ashes than the victorious England side were earlier this year, paceman Peter Siddle said on Monday. England defeated Australia 30 in the fivematch home series in JulyAugust before quickly handing the terracota urn back after three comprehensive defeats in the first...
  • James Pattinson hopes to be back for Boxing Day Test November 19, 2013

    Australia's fast bowling stocks got some welcome news on Tuesday after James Pattinson suggested he could be fit in time for matches later in the Ashes series against England. The first Ashes Test, where the visitors will begin their quest for a fourth successive series victory, begins on Thursday at the...
  • MCG on track for Boxing Day world record crowd November 1, 2013

    Sydney: All tickets for the opening day of the Ashes Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground have sold, raising the prospect of a world record crowd, Cricket Australia said on Friday. The rush to see Australia face England in the fourth Test has raised the possibility that the official...
  • Mahela expects hostile reception at Melbourne December 25, 2012

    Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has no illusions about the hostile reception awaiting his team at Melbourne Cricket Ground but insists it will only spur the tourists in the second Test against Australia starting on Wednesday. Sri Lanka do not have particularly fond memories of the MCG, where their spin great...
  • Injured Clarke likely to miss Boxing Day Test December 23, 2012

    Australia will not risk playing captain Michael Clarke in next week's second Test against Sri Lanka if he is not fully fit, chairman of selectors John Inverarity said on Sunday. Clarke is doubtful for the Melbourne Test starting on Wednesday after a hamstring problem forced him to retire hurt while batting...
  • Cowan excited at opening with Warner December 23, 2012

    Ed Cowan believes his partnership with swashbuckling lefthander David Warner at the top of the order is a work in progress which could turn out to be a long and fruitful one for Australia. Cowan, who has opened in 11 Tests alongside Warner, said the duo were trying to get to...
  • Siddle backs Aussie pace attack despite injuries December 22, 2012

    Melbourne: Paceman Peter Siddle has backed Australia's attack to shrug off a glut of injuries that have hit the team's fast bowling stocks ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka starting on Wednesday. Australia, who have won just one of their past four Tests, have enjoyed precious little continuity in...
  • SA replaces Boxing Day Test with T20 June 5, 2012

    Cricket South Africa (CSA) has decided to revamp their international season for the 201213, and the first casualty is the Boxing Day Test match in Johannesburg. Jacques Faul, CSA's acting chief executive, said the new schedule which has five Tests, eight ODIs and five Twenty20s spread across eight venues...
  • UK: Briton pleads guilty of killing Anuj Bidve June 1, 2012

    London: The main accused in the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve in Salford in Britain on December 26, 2011 pleaded guilty on Friday in a Manchester court. Kiaran Stapleton admitted to shooting 23yearold Bidve in an unprovoked attack on the Boxing Day. Stapleton, 21, admitted...
  • Ed Cowan likely to get CA contract January 8, 2012

    Sydney: Ed Cowan could be rewarded handsomely by Cricket Australia for his impressive Test debut against India as the opener looks set to sign a USD 100,000plus national contract if he plays in the third Test in Perth starting on Friday. Cowan, who won his baggy green in the Boxing Day...
  • Indian batsmen under fire after MCG debacle December 31, 2011

    New Delhi: The Indian media on Friday lashed out at the country's famed batting lineup for letting the team down in the opening Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Chasing a 292run target on Thursday, India failed to cope with Australia's pace attack as they were shot out...
  • Pattinson impresses with allround show December 30, 2011

    Melbourne: Australia's new fast bowling star James Pattinson continued his meteoric rise with a ManoftheMatch allround performance in the first Test thrashing of India in Melbourne on Thursday. Pattinson, just 21, has made a huge impression in his three Tests this season and picked up his second ManoftheMatch award with six...
  • Australian pacers exposed Indian batting: Tom Moody December 30, 2011

    Former Australia cricketer Tom Moody analyses India's loss in the Boxing Day Test, but backs the visitors to bounce back in Sydney. ...
  • Australian pacers exposed Indian batting: Tom Moody December 30, 2011

    Former Australia cricketer Tom Moody analyses India's loss in the Boxing Day Test, but backs the visitors to bounce back in Sydney. ...
  • Ganguly praises Clarke for faith in seniors December 29, 2011

    Melbourne: Australia skipper Michael Clarke's faith in his underfire senior pros Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey went a long way in securing his team's crushing 122run win over India in the first Test in Melbourne on Thursday, feels former India captain Sourav Ganguly. "The captain is so important and Clarke has...
  • Australia find bowling lineup to stick with December 29, 2011

    Melbourne: After two years of experimentation, disappointment and unfulfilled promise, Australia may finally have found a bowling lineup they can stick with. Pace bowlers James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus stamped their authority over one of cricket's most experienced batting lineups when Australia beat India by 122 runs on the...
  • 'Need to find a way to dismiss the tail' December 29, 2011

    Melbourne: India skipper MS Dhoni admitted India must find a way to run through the lowerorder quickly, in the aftermath of the 122run loss to Australia in the first Test at the MCG on Thursday. The visitors' inability to polish off the tail had a telling effect on the outcome of...
  • Consistent umpires better than DRS: Dhoni December 29, 2011

    Melbourne: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the onfield umpires should be more consistent with their decisions, rather than relying on the content_cnious Decision Review System (DRS). The lack of DRS went in India's favour in the first Test against Australia with some of the decisions going their way, especially in...
  • McDermott hailed for 'great job' with Aus pacers December 29, 2011

    Melbourne: Former Australian Test fast bowler Craig McDermott was hailed for the great job he has done with the pace battery since taking over in May as the bowling coach. The results were evident in the first Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the Australian pacers picked up 19 of...
  • Clarke takes plenty of positives from MCG win December 29, 2011

    Melbourne: The tailenders' gritty show was among the many positives that Australia skipper Michael Clarke listed after his team's crushing 122run victory over India in the first Test in Melbourne on Thursday. "The most pleasing aspect was to see the tail wag and get critical runs in both the innings....
  • 'Happy to beat a quality Indian side' December 29, 2011

    Melbourne: James Pattinson is relishing the success against a starstudded Indian batting lineup as his superb bowling effort resulted in Australia's comprehensive 122run win in the first Test in Melbourne on Thursday. The youngster returned match figures of six for 108 and also scored critical 18 and 37 runs in the...
  • Indian batting came up short: Bhogle December 29, 2011

    CNNIBN Cricket Analyst Harsha Bhogle says the failure of the Indian batting after Virender Sehwag's dismissal is worrisome. ...
  • Indian batting came up short: Bhogle December 29, 2011

    CNNIBN Cricket Analyst Harsha Bhogle says the failure of the Indian batting after Virender Sehwag's dismissal is worrisome. ...
  • Anything less than 300 is gettable: Sehwag December 28, 2011

    Melbourne: With the match evenly poised, aggressive Indian opener Virender Sehwag on Wednesday said any target less than 300 would be gettable for his team in the first Test against Australia here. At the end of third day's play, Australia are 230 runs ahead of India but with just two wickets...
  • 1st Test: Australia 179/8, lead by 230 December 28, 2011

    Melbourne: On a day when the pitch was supposed to be best for batting, 15 wickets fell for 247 runs to put the opening Test match between Australia and India in the balance with the hosts 179 for 8 at stumps, leading by 230 runs. India, who started day three with...
  • Aus vs Ind, 1st Test, Day 3: as it happened December 28, 2011

    Australia Second Innings 12:30 p.m. An intriguing day where 15 wickets fell of Test match cricket ends here at MCG, with Australia 179 for eight, leading India by 230. Michael Hussey remains unbeaten on 79 while young Pattinson is giving him company with 6. 12:15 p.m. Ashwin finally gets one!...
  • Explayers say Sachin will score 100th ton soon December 27, 2011

    New Delhi: The record 100th international century may have eluded Sachin Tendulkar once again, but former India cricketers believe that it's just a matter of time before the champion batsman reaches the milestone. "It's disappointing that Tendulkar missed the century once again. It's unfortunate, but hopefully he gets it in the...