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Boxing Day Test: Australia vs New Zealand

December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30
Melbourne Cricket Ground in Victoria, Australia
Who plays in it:
Australia and whichever Test team is touring the country at Christmas time

The Boxing Day Test is without doubt the number one cricket event on the Australian summer calendar.

Played on the hallowed turf of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it has become an Aussie tradition that dates back to 1950.

While it was next played in 1952, there was not another MCG Test after Christmas until the West Indies visited in 1968. The next one was a draw with the Brits in 1974 and a win over the Windies in ’75 that sparked a hiatus until 1980, when the Australian Cricket Board and the Melbourne Cricket Club sealed a deal to have an annual tilt at the ground.

A run of nine straight years ended when there was no Test in 1989, with the Aussies playing a Boxing Day One Day International against the Sri Lankans. Since then, there has been a Boxing Day Test every year.

And with the tradition of watching the first day of the Boxing Day Test comes the opportunity to lay a bet or two on your Aussies or, if you’re unpatriotic, the nation that is visiting at the time.

Next up are New Zealand, who have not played a Boxing Day Test since 1987.

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Boxing Day Test bookie promotions

The cricket betting sites above are all but guaranteed to offer something a little extra on the Boxing Day Test.

Promotions on big sporting events have become more and more popular in the punting world and, while they are used as a way to rope people into joining an online bookmaker, they are also a great way to enhance your betting experience.

Cricket bookies will often provide different special offers to customers on the Boxing Day Test. Popular legal bookie promos include: