Boxing Day Test

  • 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 3-0 lead, but Melbourne's Boxing Day Test offers some intrigue as to whether England will continue to self-destruct or salvage some pride from a turbulent campaign. Arriving as comfortable winners of the northern Ashes...
  • Australia's 3-0 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 3-0 in the five-match home series in July-August 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...
  • 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 2012-13, 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...
  • Pattinson impresses with all-round show December 30, 2011

    Melbourne: Australia's new fast bowling star James Pattinson continued his meteoric rise with a Man-of-the-Match all-round 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 Man-of-the-Match 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 under-fire senior pros Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey went a long way in securing his team's crushing 122-run 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 line-up to stick with December 29, 2011

    Melbourne: After two years of experimentation, disappointment and unfulfilled promise, Australia may finally have found a bowling line-up they can stick with. Pace bowlers James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus stamped their authority over one of cricket's most experienced batting line-ups 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 lower-order quickly, in the aftermath of the 122-run 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 on-field 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 122-run 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 star-studded Indian batting line-up as his superb bowling effort resulted in Australia's comprehensive 122-run 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

    CNN-IBN 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

    CNN-IBN 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!...
  • Ex-players 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...
  • 'Milestone playing on Tendulkar's mind' December 27, 2011

    Melbourne: The pressure of expectations surrounding his 100th international century will definitely be playing on Sachin Tendulkar's mind as the milestone once again eluded the champion batsman, said former Australia fast bowler Merv Hughes. Tendulkar fell just 27 runs short of the feat when he was done in by a beauty...
  • Ganguly backs BCCI decision to not use DRS December 27, 2011

    Melbourne: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said that the Decision Review System (DRS) is flawed and there was nothing wrong on the Indian cricket board's part in refusing to use the controversial technology. Ganguly, who had played the series against Sri Lanka in 2008 when the DRS was first used on...
  • Debutant Cowan's fitness under cloud December 27, 2011

    Melbourne: Australia are hopeful that debutant opener Ed Cowan will take the field on the third day of the first Test against India on Wednesday after receiving treatment for a sore back. Cowan, who scored 68 to be Australia's top-scorer in the first innings, was on and off the field on...
  • Sehwag has an altercation with Pattinson December 27, 2011

    Melbourne: After the heat generated by the two controversial decisions on the opening day, the first Test got spicier as Indian opener Virender Sehwag was on Tuesday involved in an altercation with Australian pacers James Pattinson and Peter Siddle during the visitors' first innings. The incident happened on the fourth ball...
  • Promising Yadav needs experience: Lawson December 26, 2011

    Melbourne: Young India pacer Umesh Yadav is very promising and his "old-fashioned side-on" style of bowling will fetch him more wickets in future once he gathers a bit of experience, believes former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson. Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he returned with a three-wicket...
  • Tendulkar boosted my confidence: Yadav December 26, 2011

    Melbourne: India's young bowling sensation Umesh Yadav felt nervous bowling at the likes of Ricky Ponting in his first Test against Australia, but said Sachin Tendulkar's advice hugely boosted his confidence as he scalped three crucial wickets on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test on Monday. Yadav was seen...