The annual Boxing Day Test Match is Australia’s most anticipated cricket match. Taking place each year on December 26 (Boxing Day), the match involves the Australian cricket team and the opposition national team touring Australia that summer. The match takes place at Melbourne Cricket Ground .
Cricket in Melbourne and the rest of Australia is a very import sport that attracts legions of loyal followers. So it is no wonder why the Boxing Day Test Match is one of the most popular sporting events in Melbourne. It also helps that this annual event takes place in the middle of Australian Summer.
The first day of the Boxing Day Test Match is one of the great occasions of Australian sport and crowds usually attend the event in large numbers. Between 80,000 and 90,000 fans show up at the MCG to watch this popular match.
The first ever Test match involving Boxing Day took place in 1950. Since then, it has become a regular fixture in Melbourne’s Christmas holiday celebrations. Every four years, the Boxing Day Test forms part of the 5-match Ashes contest with England.