Boxing Day Check; Australia vs South Africa: Stay Scores, Information, Evaluation from the MCG

It is time to put away the trimmings as a result of it is a true cricket fan’s Christmas – the Boxing Day Check on the MCG!

Catch all of the motion stay on sport day one proper right here.



Scott Boland got here near eradicating South African captain Dean Elgar, who performed on his leg earlier than the ball returned to the stumps. He appeared to swerve from one of many shackles, however he did not have sufficient energy to take away the stirrups. Elgar survives and South Africa are 1-36 in thirteenth place.

Who else however Scotty Boland? The native hero takes the primary wicket for Australia, placing Sarel Erwee on and drawing a lead which Usman Khawaja claims at slip. Theunis de Bruyn is the brand new man and Nathan Lyon will be a part of Boland on the Shane Warne stand.


Former South African skipper Shaun Pollock says South Africa can create doubts in Australia’s minds in the event that they attain 15 overs with out dropping a wicket.

Pat Cummins gained the toss on the MCG and elected to bowl, presumably to attempt to unmask a South African aspect nonetheless reeling from the Brisbane massacre.

Regardless of a poor probability caught and bowled and the Australians contemplating a revision or two, South Africa appeared nowhere close to as upset as al Gabba on his strategy to 0-23 after 9 overs.

To date the MCG discipline has not been supplied anyplace close to as a lot help as Brisbane.

“There’s been sufficient to perhaps justify it,” Pollock stated on Fox Cricket.

“However everyone knows that after you play, you begin listening to that slip corden speak about ‘hmmm, I ponder if we should always have batted sooner.’

“The longer the South Africans final right here, you get the 15-20 overs with none injury being completed, individuals begin asking questions. So you have to have your mindset that, ‘OK, we did not have the beginning we’re searching for, perhaps (it is) not doing in addition to we thought it will, however we nonetheless should go now and kick them out.’


Scott Boland is lively. This isn’t a drill. The MCG is swinging.

Pat Cummins takes a pointy return catch from Dean Elgar. South Africa 0-9. Within the subsequent step, Mitch Starc has two appeals in opposition to Erwee denied and Cummins decides to not submit both determination for evaluation.

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Are you able to think about the scenes if they’d dropped Scott Boland for the Boxing Day Check?

To date he is been cheered when his title was introduced, cheered for operating a straight leg after which there was an enormous roar when he fielded a ball within the first over.

There isn’t a query that the Victorians are a provincial bunch!

They will have to attend some time to see their hometown hero, because it’s Pat Cummins who shares the brand new dance with Starc.

South Africa began effectively, making it 0-6 after two overs.


Mitch Starc has the brand new ball in hand with South African captain Dean Elgar and fellow opener Sarel Erwee on the enjoying space. Ricky Ponting tells Channel 7 that he wonders whether or not Pat Cummins gave South Africa an opportunity to dictate the Check by bowling, however understands the choice to bowl first when circumstances usually tend to favor the quick Australians.


Each groups don floppy hats and a whole lot of 1000’s within the stands because the MCG prepares to have a good time the lifetime of Shane Warne. David Warner’s three daughters are with him to have a good time his a centesimal take a look at. If you happen to missed Warner’s revealing interview with Ben Horne, catch up right here.

A video tribute of a few of Warnie’s finest moments is enjoying on the MCG boards with Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’. It is a fairly wonderful second as gamers from each groups cease and switch to look at a number of the finest moments of Shane Warne’s legendary profession. The gang, gamers and referees all rose in unison and cheered.


As we discovered yesterday, Australia are unchanged with native hero Scott Boland retaining his place with Josh Hazlewood nonetheless not 100%. Theunis De Bruyne bats in third place for South Africa. Because the vacationers hinted on Christmas Day, they’ll enter once more with Marco Jansen listed at quantity 7. There was applause from the police in the course of the squad bulletins till Scott Boland’s title and the MCG have been learn out he is gone loopy.

AUSTRALIA: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Inexperienced, Alex Carey (week), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland

SOUTH AFRICA: Dean Elgar (c), Sarel Erwee, Theunis de Bruyn, Temba Bavuma, Khaya Zondo, Kyle Verreynne (sep), Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi


Pat Cummins gained the toss and despatched South Africa to bat on the MCG. The pitch shouldn’t be anticipated to seem like the inexperienced monster of Brisbane, however there may be grass cowl which is able to quickly supply help to the Australian bowlers. Will probably be an incredible take a look at of South Africa’s mettle after successful on a budget twice in Brisbane.


A member part of the MCC has been cordoned off with workers showing to be attending to a buyer simply earlier than 10am. Medical personnel and police are current on the balcony of degree 2.


Spinner Nathan Lyon is making ready for an exciting Boxing Day Check as cricket salutes the actual GOAT – his childhood hero, Shane Warne.

The Australian staff will likely be similar to a lot of the followers sitting within the stands on the MCG on Monday once they honor a sporting icon who impressed them to like the sport.

Fox Cricket have ready a shifting tribute video which will likely be performed on the massive screens as gamers, all carrying white floppy hats, line the sector earlier than the match to pay tribute to one of many larger-than-life characters Australia has recognized.

Warne’s son Jackson will be a part of Fox Cricket’s daytime protection for what the community is asking ‘The Shane Warne Boxing Day Check’, in reminiscence of their beloved commentator.

Lyon, an all-time Check nice in his personal proper with over 450 Check wickets, paid tribute to the cricketer he admired earlier than a special occasion on the MCG.

“I’ve the nickname GOAT, which is type of ridiculous,” Lyon stated.

“That is Shane. He’s the best.

“Will probably be a really thrilling take a look at for everybody. Will probably be very particular that this would be the first take a look at since his transfer to dwelling.

“For us to be within the center with everybody else who’s honoring Shane Warne, it will be particular.”

Warne’s quantity 350 cap will likely be emblazoned on the MCG outfield all through the Check and at 3.50pm on Boxing Day Warne’s picture will seem on the massive display.

In the course of the take a look at, Warne’s spotlight reels will spin.

Lyon admit they’ve by no means fairly gotten used to the joys of turning as much as a take a look at match and bumping into Warne within the center earlier than the sport.

After play completed on day 4 of the 2019 Ashes tour first take a look at in England, Warne requested to fulfill Lyon outdoors the dressing rooms.

With Australia needing to take 10 wickets on the ultimate day to safe a 1-0 win, Warne spoke to Lyon about how he wants to comprehend he has the ability as spinner within the aspect to ‘management the tempo’ of the sport and make England play on its phrases.

The next day Lyon took six wickets in a convincing victory which set the stage for Australia to reclaim the Ashes for the primary time in 20 years.

“While you look again on it now, it is completely wonderful,” stated Lyon.

“Wonderful stuff”.

For Lyon, Warne made spin bowling cool, and the Aussie star is dedicated to persevering with his hero’s legacy by inspiring a brand new era of younger Australian youngsters to present it a spin.

“It is nearly making an attempt to maintain the legacy alive, I suppose,” stated Lyon.

“I believe it is an enormous function and an enormous alternative for me to maintain the spin tradition alive inside Australian cricket.

“Warnie was clearly the largest (affect) you possibly can ever think about. Particularly as a child rising up in Australia, all I wished to do was be like Shane Warne.

“If I can preserve that dream alive for lots of children, girls and boys on the market in Australian cricket then I am enjoying my function.”

Warne’s son Jackson, who spoke so brilliantly on the public funeral on the MCG earlier this 12 months, will seem alongside his father’s outdated commentary buddies at teatime on Fox Cricket.