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History of Boxing Day Test: The Boxing Day Test will be played between India and South Africa in Centurion from 26th December. At the same time, Boxing Day Test is to be played between Australia and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground. But how did ‘boxing’ enter cricket? What is the history of Boxing Day Test? After all, why is Boxing Day Test held only on 26th December? Today we will tell you all the important things related to Boxing Day Test. We will also tell you how Team India’s record has been in the Boxing Day Test.

What is the history of ‘Boxing Day’?

Actually, ‘Boxing Day’ is celebrated one day after Christmas i.e. on 26th December. ‘Boxing Day’ is celebrated in countries including the United Kingdom which were once part of the British Empire. The list of these countries includes many countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Nigeria, Trinidad-Tobago and South Africa.

It is believed that around 1800, during the reign of Queen Victoria, servants of lower British society were given hand-picked gifts from their masters during Christmas. At the same time, these gifts were named ‘Christmas Box’. After this this day came to be known as ‘Boxing Day’. Also, the match to be held on this day was named ‘Boxing Day Test’.

Then this is how the Boxing Day Test started…

It started in domestic cricket before the Boxing Day Test match, the year was 1892… The Sheffield Shield tournament match was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia during Christmas time. The teams of Victoria and New South Wales were face to face. After this, the first International Boxing Day Test was played between England and Australia, the year was 1950. However, this Test started on 22 December instead of 26 December, the fifth day of the Test was Boxing Day.

Boxing Day Test and Melbourne Cricket Stadium…

For the first time in the year 1968, the Test match started on Boxing Day. After this, since 1980, Australia has been hosting a Boxing Day Test every year starting on 26 December. But it started before Christmas thrice in 1984, 1988 and 1994. Australia’s Melbourne Cricket Stadium now hosts the Boxing Day Test every year. Apart from Australia, countries like South Africa and New Zealand have also been hosting the Boxing Day Test.

Whereas, if we talk about India, it played Boxing Day Test against Australia for the first time in 1985. This test ended in a draw. The captain of this Indian team was Kapil Dev. Greg Mathews and Allan Border scored centuries for Australia. Whereas for Team India, Chris Srikkanth, Dilip Vengsakar and captain Kapil Dev had crossed the fifty-run mark. After this, due to the brilliant bowling of Ravi Shastri and Shivlal Yadav, Team India was successful in getting the match drawn.

For the first time in the year 1992, Boxing Day Test…

The Boxing Day Test was played for the first time between India and South Africa in 1992. Till now both the teams have played 6 Boxing Day Tests. In which Team India has won only 2 matches, while South Africa has won 4 matches. However, the Indian team defeated South Africa by 113 runs in the Boxing Day Test match in the year 2021. Earlier in the year 2010, India had defeated South Africa by 87 runs in the Boxing Day Test match.

India in Boxing Day Test Match…

1985 – Australia vs India (Melbourne) – Match drawn,
1987 – India vs West Indies (Kolkata) – Match drawn
1991 – Australia vs India (Melbourne) – AUS won by 8 wickets
1992 – South Africa vs India (Port Elizabeth) – SA won by 9 wickets
1996 – South Africa vs India (Durban) – SA won by 328 runs
1998 – New Zealand vs India (Wellington) – NZ won by 4 wickets
1999 – Australia vs India (Melbourne) – AUS won by 180 runs
2003 – Australia vs India (Melbourne) – AUS won by 9 wickets
2006 – South Africa vs India (Durban) – SA won by 174 runs
2007 – Australia vs India (Melbourne) – AUS won by 337 runs
2010 – South Africa vs India (Durban) – IND won by 87 runs
2011 – Australia vs India (Melbourne) – AUS won by 122 runs
2013 – South Africa vs India (Durban) – SA won by 10 wickets
2014 – Australia vs India (Melbourne) – Match drawn
2018 – Australia vs India (Melbourne) – IND won by 137 runs
2020 – Australia vs India (Melbourne) – IND won by 8 wickets
2021 – South Africa vs India (Centurion) – IND won by 113 runs

Boxing Day Test between India and South Africa

1992 – South Africa vs India (Port Elizabeth) – SA won by 9 wickets
1996 – South Africa vs India (Durban) – SA won by 328 runs
2006 – South Africa vs India (Durban) – SA won by 174 runs
2010 – South Africa vs India (Durban) – IND won by 87 runs
2013 – South Africa vs India (Durban) – SA won by 10 wickets
2021 – South Africa vs India (Centurion) – IND won by 113 runs

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