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Boxing Day Test Match Cricket, MCG

Boxing Day Test Match Cricket, MCG

Test Match Cricket

My 13 year old son, Brad, and I went along for the first two days of the traditional Boxing Day Test Match cricket at the MCG.  This year Australia is playing Pakistan.

Some people find cricket boring, but we find there’s something about sitting back and watching a day of cricket enjoyable.  Especially when Australia is playing.  Even when the pace is pretty slow.  Even when rain stops play.  Except when rain stops play.

On Monday we watched good morning and early afternoon sessions, before rain suspended play.  Tuesday saw play up until lunch, when rain again stopped play for over three hours.  They resumed around 3:30 for a couple of hours before rain resulted in an early finish again.

The major disappointment from with the weather is that we didn’t get to see Australia bat at all.  If it hadn’t been for the rain delays, Australia probably would have come in mid afternoon on Day Two.  Despite that disappointment, we still enjoyed ourselves.

We’ll be keenly watching the remainder of the match on TV, hopefully we will see an Australian victory.



As you may know, I don’t mid taking photos, and took along a pocket point and shoot with power zoom – A Nikon Coolpix A900.  I was hopeful of taking some half decent pictures at the MCG, without lugging around my usual gear.

Check out my gallery below.


Bombers win, nobody tipped it

I’ve been a supporter of the Essendon Football Club (Bombers) in the AFL for as long as I can remember (even when it was called the VFL).  I went along to the MCG today to see the team take on the Melbourne Football Club (Demons) with my wife and younger son, but I wasn’t really expecting a win.  The Bombers have half the side suspended for the year on dodgy drugs charges, and the Demons have been performing really well so far this year.  To everyone’s surprise, and despite some inaccurate kicking, Essendon led at every interval and came away with the win.

Well done boys!

Match Report –

Cricket World Cup at MCG

iPhone panoram of Melbourne Cricket Ground during the Cricket World Cup

MCG during the ICC Word Cup of Cricket

Eleven year old Bradley and myself were part of an almost capacity crowd at the MCG for Australia’s opening match of the Cricket World Cup.

It was really interesting to see all the changes made by the ICC, as they took over the ground for the tournament – corporate colours through out, smaller playing area to allow for electronic signage on the grass and even flame throwers to excite the crowd even more when there’s a big hit or wicket.  (Very different to when we were there for the Boxing Day Test match.)

Aussie supporters and flame throwers at the MCG during the ICC Cricket World Cup

Aussie supporters and flame throwers

It was a great game, with Australia winning, but during the first innings the sun was so hot and burning, we were watching the shadow line almost as much as the game, and were so relieved when that big orange ball in the sky finally fell below the grandstand.

UPDATE: Australia went on to win the series, becoming World Cup Champions!


Boxing Day Cricket Test Match

Mexican Hats in the Sun!

Watching the cricket with Brad at the MCG.

Yesterday, 11 year old Brad and I went to Day 1 of the Boxing Day cricket Test Match at the MCG.

Being a five day match, the game naturally doesn’t flow as quick as the shorter forms of the game.  We were worried when David Warner was dismissed without scoring, but Australia dug in and ended up with a respectable score.  I ‘ll admit that at times we both had a couple of snoozes during some slow moving parts of the game, but overall we had a good day.

Melbourne Cricket Ground

The MCG on Boxing Day