With the excitement and exhaustion of Christmas Day over, the Melbourne Boxing Day Test is one of Australia's most popular sporting events. Reasons for this go well beyond the fact that cricket in Melbourne, and indeed Australia, attracts loyal supporters.
The popularity of the Boxing Day Test also has something to do with Australia's relaxed outdoor lifestyle, which sees sports lovers appreciate a fine summer's day spent with friends watching sporting greats battle it out on a well-manicured field.
For these reasons and more, you can use this Melbourne sports event as a fitting introduction to Australian sporting culture. Book your tickets in advance and get ready to settle into your stadium seat and appreciate the relaxed excitement of cricket in Melbourne, Victoria on 26 December.
The one-day test match involves the Australian cricket team and the touring international opposition team visiting Australia that summer and is played at the impressive Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). At capacity, this venue holds a crowd of 100,000, which makes for a feverish atmosphere when the game gets particularly competitive and interesting.
Founded in 1883, the Melbourne Cricket Club is the country's oldest club, and is responsible for managing the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This makes Melbourne the centre of cricket in Australia.
The MCG is located in the centre of Melbourne city, close to accommodation, transport and parking facilities. You may like to take the opportunity to book accommodation nearby and stay in the city for longer to truly explore its bustling, cosmopolitan streets and the surrounding countryside of Victoria.
Explore Melbourne's sporting venues and learn the history of Australia's sporting capital.