68th over: India 167-2 (Pujara 46, Kohli 29) Nathan Lyon is recalled but he finds Pujara and Kohli with positive intent at the crease, both batsmen using their feet well to reach the pitch of the ball and snuff out any danger. This surface could easily be a swing and seamer’s paradise with all the grass on it but nope, nothing has moved off straight all day. Ahead of the four-match Test series between India and Australia, all eyes were on the Cheteshwar Pujara, whose batting prowess left Aussie bowlers on their knees last time India toured Down Under in 2018-19. He’s barely even learned how to phrase his explanation. 41st over: India 86-1 (Agarwal 53, Pujara 19) Like Hazlewood and Cummins before him in this third hour, Starc is really bending his back. Why are they so badly misjudging so many short balls? What a wonderful time of it this man on debut is having. #AUSvIND. 77th over: India 184-2 (Pujara 57, Kohli 35) ANOTHER INDIAN BATSMAN TURNS AWAY AND DUCKS INTO A SHORT BALL AND ACCEPTS PAIN! Found them! Boxing Day was the fourth day of the test match. The ball went from there to his back pad before ballooning to the gully in the direction of Khawaja. Ian Forth is back to return us to the day’s most pressing concern, The Strokes. Australia are 15 minutes away from a wicketless session. [26], Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}37°49′12″S 144°59′00″E / 37.82000°S 144.98333°E / -37.82000; 144.98333, Annual cricket match between Australia and a visiting international team. So far today, he's found 3% false shots, the fewest of any bowler, but if he can grab a wicket before the new ball, then Australia may sense an opportunity. Recent history is not in the MCC’s favour though. A maximum of 30,000 people were allowed to attend each day due to the, "The Indigenous hole at Australian cricket's heart", "India tour of Australia, 2011/12 (1st Test)", Official attendance today: 40,516. James Matthey jamesmatthey news.com.au December 30, 2018 2:23pm No spin, hit through the line - the uncluttered mind of a newcomer. Adam Frodo Collins has prevailed in his quest. All rights reserved. 50th over: India 113-1 (Agarwal 66, Pujara 33) Marsh has been swung around for another go from Lyon’s end and he’s again at the pegs. Oh no. 48th over: India 109-1 (Agarwal 64, Pujara 31) Whoa, forget about what I said about Agarwal chilling out in defence since drinks, he’s launching at Lyon’s first ball here and popping him into the crowd at midwicket! @felixwhite #AUSvIND. 45th over: India 100-1 (Agarwal 55, Pujara 31) Marsh is into the attack and again sections of the MCG decide to boo him. By Jon Healy and James Maasdorp. Read cricket news, current affairs and news headlines online on BOXING DAY TEST 2018 News today. These days, he immediately bounces back. 74th over: India 181-2 (Pujara 56, Kohli 33) India don’t allow Lyon to back up his previous good over with more positive footwork denying the bowler any opportunity to find a groove. Fast, aggressive, and no shortage of sideways movement. The first time it took place was in the 1950-51 Ashes series when the third day’s play in the Second Test was on Boxing Day. At 2 for 215 this is the lowest scoring completed Boxing Day's play at the MCG since Aust were 4-206 v SAfrica at the end of day 1 in 1997 #AusvInd — Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) December 26, 2018 Have that! Lyon thinks he may have Kohli LBW. Thank you very much Adam, my favourite Mr Collins since David Bamber. That India only mustered a run-rate of 2.4 rpo may yet come back to haunt them. Please keep me company, either on Twitter - @JPHowcroft- or by email - jonathan.howcroft.freelance@theguardian.com. 49th over: India 112-1 (Agarwal 65, Pujara 33) Cummins is back for a second burst of the session and Agarwal is immediately down the other end with a quick single. A view that is gathering pace. “As suggested I’m dropping a line from inside the ground,” emails Shane Puxley “What an absolute delight this Agarwal innings is proving to be. https://t.co/KgAJmSx6X8. The ball struck Kohli miles outside off stump. Geoff Lemon, Wed 26 Dec 2018 07.23 GMT I’m afraid my 80s adolescent brain was corrupted during a software update by Penelope Keith. #AUSvIND. Boxing Day was the third day of the Test match. Australia now have the small matter of a flat pitch, an old ball, and Kohli and Pujara to contend with. Check live cricket score and updates of IND vs AUS 2nd Test, Australia vs India Boxing Day Test Prediction on India.com sports. He keeps the strike with a single down the ground from the final ball. It made the papers at the time.”. Going big to begin, he follows up with a push down along the ground for an easy single. The extra half-hour is not enough to include the 90th over and India walk off happy with their lot. F Share T Tweet Q SMS W WhatsApp B Email G J Tumblr L LinkedIn. 76th over: India 184-2 (Pujara 57, Kohli 35) Rapid uneventful Lyon over. The Melbourne Test was usually held over the New Year period, often starting on 1 January. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara gave India the upper hand on day one of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. This is very good, but obviously not as good as Lou Reed would have done. It begins annually on Boxing Day (26 December) and is played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The first delivery of Starc’s over is fast and full and swings in late, beating the outside edge of the Indian skipper’s bat. On telly Glenn McGrath revisits Justin Langer’s soundbite where he talked of allowing Pat Cummins to marry one of his daughters. © 2021 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. Hazlewood induces a thick outside-edge but it drops short and wide of first slip. Well done @adamfearn7 and @matt4126, the work of a Christmas very well spent. #AUSvIND. In South Africa a Boxing Day Test is often played if another national team is touring to play South Africa. “India in the ascendancy, what rubbish,” emails Amod Paranjape. Most Test wickets by Indians at MCG. After the visitors won the toss and chose to bat first they were rewarded with a superb debut 76 from Mayank Agarwal and a 66-ball eight from makeshift opener Hanuma Vihari. The runs take this pair to a 50-run partnership, compiled without looking like giving a chance. There has been very little wrong about the work of the local seamers today. 75th over: India 182-2 (Pujara 56, Kohli 34) Determined pace bowling from Pat Cummins keeps India in check as the second new ball nears. I know where he was coming from, but still. : 2337: Hours of play (local time) 10:30 start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30 By long tradition, a Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and New South Wales had been played at the MCG over the Christmas period dating back as far as 1865. Discipline is one of the most undervalued asset in modern day cricket. #AUSvIND. A Jaffa.”. I just don’t buy “learnt a lot”. Pujara again just accepting some pain to his forearm (he has a guard on, but still) from a routine short ball that in another era would have been punished well forward of square leg. Bumrah was in imperious form in the Boxing Day Test in 2018 as he picked up 9 wickets, including a 6-wicket haul, to lead India to a famous win. Lurrrvely. India won the last Boxing Day Test between the two sides to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2018 and the world number-one ranked Aussies will be keen to win it back from the visitors this summer. That was a terrible review. At this stage in the day my heart goes out to anyone in the cheap seats at the MCG who isn’t completely off their face. Referring to the loss in Hobart in 2016, he recalled when that the pair said to him: "We don't pay you to play, we pay you to win." managed to get Pete Doherty into my piece. Earlier when I said India had the upper hand, what with them being 200 for two and Australia being knackered, apparently I was wrong. 55th over: India 125-2 (Pujara 33, Kohli 2) With a cacophonous backdrop Kohli pushes a couple to mid-on from the final ball of Cummins’s over to get off the mark immediately. Say no more. The Indian skipper is eager to rotate the strike and after a couple of false starts finally pinches a single. Back then I was running a bookshop in Canberra and she was one of those regular customers who become a friend and make the long hours and indifferent pay of bookselling worthwhile. It is an unforgiving place to be around this time once the gallons of midstrength beer have partnered with dehydration and sun exposure. This could be interesting. He traps Kohli on the crease with an inswinging beauty first up, then sends one the other way that the Indian skipper chases, edges, and is DROPPED by a sprawling Paine away to his right in front of first slip. 2018 is almost over, but the cricket action is just getting started. Anything other than putting all their bodyweight and then some through their front shin in 30 degree heat with a ball behaving like a shuttlecock on a pitch as responsive as a door-stopped Tony Abbott. It’s masochistic. 44rd over: India 99-1 (Agarwal 54, Pujara 31) Pujara is ON. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/SHHYC4pWkx. The moribund deck allied with the obstinate Kookaburra ball made for attritional viewing with Australia unable to fashion many chances and India content to occupy the crease without a great deal of interest in advancing the score. Match Drawn (1985) 42nd over: India 86-1 (Agarwal 53, Pujara 19) Lyon vs Agarwal is turning into a gripping little battle, the former not getting a lot of turn but using his height, flight and accuracy to prevent the latter from leaping out of his crease, as he did a few times as soon as spin was introduced this session. Boxing Day 2018: The Boxing Day Test match is a game of cricket played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Australia every year between December 26 and 30. The next hour or so is going to set up this Test match. It’s enough to make you reach for the sandpaper... Well, here's a thing. The series is evenly poised with India and Australia level at 1-1. Mayank Agarwal looked to the manor born on debut while Pat Cummins has shown once again he is a captain’s dream, running in tirelessly and hitting the deck hard. Another 50 from Pujara. This final session is scheduled to contain 35.1 overs. Is Pujara bothered? 65 minutes left in the day, 17 overs still to be bowled (yeah, good luck with that) and seven overs until the new ball. India firmly in control of this Test. 53rd over: India 119-1 (Agarwal 72, Pujara 33) Agarwal is into the 70s with a delightful cover drive off Cummins. 82nd over: India 199-2 (Pujara 62, Kohli 45) Still the new ball is declined, perhaps only Starc and Hazlewood have the energy to bowl and Paine doesn’t want them taking on long spells? I hope someone asks about this in the press conference later. Minutes later there was a replay, zoomed in and not square on. It is a quip that still has me shaking my head. #tailendersoftheworlduniteandtakeover 🌶 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/BgfSvq8vHy. #AUSvIND. The 27-year-old has taken 15 wickets in two Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground at an average of 13.06. Gould is standing alongside Marais Erasmus in this Test, the pair of them convening periodically like avuncular bouncers, or rooks on a chess board. The debacle that was Australia’s performance in the Boxing Day Test has ended as India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The adrenaline rush almost undoes him a ball later though, getting a lot of bat on a delivery under his left armpit that flies away towards square leg. 62nd over: India 141-2 (Pujara 38, Kohli 11) Mitchell Starc replaces Josh Hazlewood and a run of the mill over ends with yet another Indian hit on the body failing to evade a well-directed but far from unplayable short ball. All the Boxing Day Tests that India have lost came in big margins but in 2018, the tables were turned and Virat Kohli's boys dominated the home team … Speaking of adrenaline, that near miss sends a frustrated Starc spiking at a very menacing 152kph. Get latest News Information, Articles on Boxing Day Test 2018 Updated on March 25, 2020 09:42 with exclusive Pictures, photos & videos on Boxing Day Test 2018 at Latestly.com - Page 3 It is traditionally played at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead, Durban. The line is straighter to Pujara and the outcome is a stroke more defensive than Julian Casablancas responding to criticism his band were just a poor man’s Velvet Underground. Last year, the MCG saw a false shot off just 9.7% of the deliveries bowled in the Test, the lowest figure for a match in Australia since records began. He's gone even further out today, his average striking point now 2.25m away from his stumps. 81st over: India 197-2 (Pujara 61, Kohli 44) The new ball is not taken straight away. I always raise a glass to Mrs Joan Gold (though I never used her first name), who died aged 89 nineteen years ago. India tour of Australia 2020-'21 Boxing Day Test preview: Can India turn the series around at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground? When Geoff Lemon began this OBO by describing the MCG pitch as a twenty-yard slab of solidified cat sick he set the tone for a day of cricket that was always up against it in the beauty and excitement stakes. One for UK readers of the OBO: we’ve had a Tailenders sign spotting! Can Australia get the big breakthrough? 80th over: India 193-2 (Pujara 61, Kohli 40) Another quick Lyon over goes for one and the new ball is now due. Mayank Agarwal is on 🔥📺 Watch LIVE on Fox Cricket & 📰 join our match centre: https://t.co/srfYejz8uS #AUSvIND #FoxCricket pic.twitter.com/OPVzxIlSBH. The Boxing Day Test match is a cricket Test match held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia involving the Australian cricket team and an opposing national team that is touring Australia during the southern summer. I should add a correction. Boxing day test 2018. 14 wickets fell on an eventful day one at Hagley Oval. Starc’s radar is wayward for most of the rest of the over but he gets another one to shape back into Kohli from which the batsman does well to guide into the legside and accumulate a couple of runs. #AusvInd @7Cricket #BoxingDay. Two years later the second day of the South African Test coincided with Boxing Day. “That truth bomb is nearly unplayable. Just 2% of the deliveries he's bowled have swung significantly away from the right-hander - without that movement, he's less of a threat. New ball taken. How To Watch The Boxing Day Test Online How To Watch The Big Bash League 2018 Online Agarwal is winning a lot of new fans . Kohli being Kohli, of course he accepts the bait, but he doesn’t middle anything, nonetheless he earns four with a streaky edge through the gully region. The first Boxing Day Test between the two teams ended in a draw, with Allan Border scoring 163 not out. 54th over: India 119-1 (Agarwal 72, Pujara 33) Another solid set from Marsh, keeping Pujara defending throughout. Aussie fans at packed MCG for the 2018 Boxing Day Test between Australia and India. [2][3], Instead of a Test match a One Day International was held on 26 December 1989 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between Australia and Sri Lanka. There was an LBW appeal earlier that looked close live. Traditionally handsome, in the Cary Grant mould. That Australia should have played six specialist bats and no all-rounder? Agarwal tucks a single to bring up the India 100. “You asked in your preamble who we’re missing at Christmas. Not out onfield... 71st over: India 174-2 (Pujara 50, Kohli 32) 50-up for Pujara, a run that also completes the 50 partnership. I’m going to find them in the final session for a photo. What are they suggesting exactly? Not new but an interesting answer. What an over by Mitchell Starc. Anyway, it’s a tidy over with a bit of movement back to the right-handers, maybe a touch of reverse? This is weird. 69th over: India 168-2 (Pujara 46, Kohli 30) Nice over from Mitch Marsh, hitting a good length on a fourth stump line to Kohli. #AusvPak, Official Attendance on Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test: 39,339 #AUSvPAK, Official attendance at the 'G for Day 3 of the Test is 25,393 #AUSvPAK, For those playing at home, the official attendance for today was 7789. 61st over: India 138-2 (Pujara 38, Kohli 10) The engrossing battle between Cummins and Kohli continues and this over goes to the batsman. During the 1950–51 Ashes series, the Melbourne Test was played from 22 to 27 December, with the fourth day's play being on Boxing Day, but no test matches were played on Boxing Day in Melbourne between 1953 and 1967. A slideshow of its holiday in Lakes Entrance! India Win By 137 Runs (2018) Image Credit: Getty. This year’s edition promises to be a cracker jack. Blimey, Tim Paine is up to the stumps by the end of the set. Merry Christmas. 46th over: India 101-1 (Agarwal 56, Pujara 31) Lyon again to Agarwal and one doesn’t get up off the turf. This is where Lyon has become such an improved bowler over the last couple of years. Pujara was the highest run-scorer in the series with 521 runs but the Indian Test specialist didn’t look at his best in Adelaide Test where he managed to score … A few minutes later she was hit by a car, just metres from the door of my shop. The lazy way the day has unfolded so far should not undermine a couple of superb individual performances. Team India Test squad: Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra … Your support powers our independent journalism, Available for everyone, funded by readers. I hope you join us. 57th over: India 127-2 (Pujara 33, Kohli 4) Cummins is very handsome. Half an hour of play remaining in the day. At the start of the day, WinViz gave the draw a 31% chance. A maiden ensues. India had defeated Australia in the 2018 Boxing Day Test by 137 runs. Australia have recalled all-rounder Mitch Marsh for the Boxing Day Test … I suppose you would call that natural variation? Marsh, with a bit of movement back at Pujara, does clip his inside edge. Get latest News Information, Articles on Boxing Day Test 2018 Updated on September 12, 2018 07:18 with exclusive Pictures, photos & videos on Boxing Day Test 2018 at Latestly.com - Page 18 The late cut off Lyon here, played so expertly, is proof of that, running from the face of his bat to the boundary. I’m sure Adam has already provoked a mountain of correspondence, keep it coming my way. Madness. I like this bloke an awful lot. 51st over: India 115-1 (Agarwal 68, Pujara 33) Ohh, beautiful from Cummins beating the blade of Agarwal with an utter gem to finish, taking off from a length. But I’m looking forward to seeing the headlines tomorrow. Aussies won five out of eight. This is no reflection on other players who may or may not have come into consideration, but imagine the miles that would be in the legs of Australia's quicks by the end of this Test if Handscomb had been selected over M Marsh. Instead Marsh replaces Cummins and hurls down the old ball to little effect. Currently, this Test has seen a false shot off 8.6% of balls bowled. It’s a way to attract people to Test Cricket, I guess eh Mate.”, Official attendance for Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test is 73,516 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/bM44vQEti0. @patcummins30 strikes again! 83rd over: India 202-2 (Pujara 62, Kohli 47) The new ball immediately shakes up proceedings. Agarwal c Paine b Cummins 76 (India 123-2), WICKET! 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