WHAT IS BOXING DAY TEST ?
Here is y we call the day after christmas as Boxing day.
On Christmas day, 25th December, people visit church and leave money
& gifts for the poor in small boxes placed their by the priest,
formally known as Christmas Box.
Also, in old days ~ servants used to work at their masters place on
Christmas night. Thus, the following day, 26th December, they were given
day off. Servants would bring small boxes in which their masters kept
coins and food.. as bonus!
Today - that Christmas bonus hasn't changed, neither has the public
holiday the next day of Christmas. Employees might not bring those Boxes
to their employers anymore but to mark the days gone by, since 1980,
Cricket Australia hosts a cricket test match at Melbourne cricket
ground, starting 26th December every year, between Australia and a
Thus the name - Boxing day Test match!
Victoria (a state in Australia) fans respond in huge numbers at the MCG - Melbourne cricket stadium in Australia
with a seating capacity of over 100,000 spectators. In 2007, India vs
Australia 1st test match will be played from (same) 26th of December,
which is expected to exceed the highest crowd recorded for a boxing day
test match - 85,661 for Aus v WI match back in 1975. here's all boxing day test match list every played.
** New Zealand and South Africa also host Boxing day test
matches. Basin Reserve in Wellington hosts the Boxing day test match in
New Zealand whereas South Africa starts a test match in case they
themselves aren't in Australia to play the Boxing day test match at
** Boxing day is a public holiday in many other Commonwealth
countries on 26th December. In many European countries, its also called
at St. Stephen's day or the second day of Christmas.
**Other than this Australia vs Some country test match, Sydney to
Hobart Yatch race and football matches between England and Scotland are
also played on this famous day!