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Boxing Day Test Match



The word 'Boxing' has nothing to do with the sport; it has to do with boxes in which you put things.
During the Christmas season a lot of people attend church and while they are there, they donate money and other goodies to the poor.
The money and gifts are put in a box, and this is called a Christmas box. A priest opens the boxes the day after Christmas and he, in turn distributes the contents to the needy. This is why 26 December is called Boxing Day.

The first Test to start on Boxing Day was between Australia and West Indies in 1968-69 at Melbourne. But it was not until 1981-82 that the tradition really took off. Since then there has usually been a Test starting on Boxing Day at Melbourne.

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