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Boxing Day Woes

The opening tour game at Victoria saw Rahul Dravid return to form. He was sent as an opener and scored an unbeaten 33 before the match was washed out due to rain. Well, Dravid’s return to form has triggered many questions on who will open for India on the boxing day.

Virendra Sehwag stands as a good opening prospect. Though out of form, he may be under quite a lot of pressure, but all he needs is one innings to signal his return to international cricket. He has proved his mettle in the last series in 2003-2004 by scoring a clean 195. He is a good player of cut shots and displays class while playing on backfoot – the latter being a key ingredient to negotiate bounce in Australia. This means – ‘Better luck next time, Yuvi.’

Dinesh Karthik plays well on foreign wickets, like he did in England and South Africa. He has a good on-field chemistry with Jaffer and hence an excellent running between the wickets. But, a major flaw in Karthink’s batting is that he looks quite nervous while facing pace bowlers and is not able to play outswingers well. He should be more precise on shot selection and should be able to leave the balls going wide outside the off-stump. If Sehwag fails in first two tests straight, Karthik should be given a chance to open at WACA, Perth, where the wicket favours spin bowlers.

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‘Boxing’ Facts

Boxing Day is a public holiday celebrated in Australia and many other Commonwealth countries on December 26, the day after or alternatively on the next day after Christmas.

In 1950 the first ever Australian Boxing Day Test was hosted at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The tradition goes back to the middle ages with varied versions on when and how it began.

Melbourne Cricket Ground will be hosting 100th Test, when India play their first Test against Australia on Boxing Day (December 26). The first ground to host hundred Test matches was Lord’s.

Melbourne Cricket Ground established in 1854 is the biggest cricket ground in the world.

The first Test in the history of cricket was played between Australia and England at MCG on 15-3-1877.

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