Why 26th December Test is called the 'Boxing Day Test match’? Meaning of Boxing Day?

Have you ever heard of the ‘Boxing Day’ test match'? For cricket fans, it is an important day that gets celebrated on December 26, just after Christmas Day. Boxing Day Test Match is a test match that is held in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). As per the exact definition, it touches on the poor boxes or alms boxes in churches that were used to be opened after Christmas. There are many versions regarding the origin of the boxes of gifts that were presented to the servants working on Christmas Day.

It is the feast day of St. Stephen who was a patron saint of the horses. Due to this, many sporting events are held on this day. In the commonwealth nation, December, February, and January are considered as summer months. In Australia, MCG hosts a Boxing Day Test Match that begins from 26 December till 30 December every year.

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The first match took place between England and Australia in 1950. India has also played the matches in Australia in 1985, 1991, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2014 & 2018. The matches also take place in South Africa and New Zealand.

On this 26th December, India will be playing a Boxing Day test match against South Africa. Approximately, 80,000 fans will be arriving at the MCG stadium. In the cricket calendar, it would be a spectacular day as it will be the largest single-day crowd gathering at MCG after 2013.

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