Melbourne Cricket Ground

Published: Saturday, January 1, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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The MCG is one of the most historic international, and indeed Australian, cricket grounds in the world. In 1853, an area within the Police Paddock at Richmond was transformed into the MCG. The first ever international Test match took place there on March 15-17, 1877 which Australia won by 45 runs - a feat which was duplicated exactly in the Centenary Test played on March 12-17, 1977.

Throughout the years, the ground grew bigger in both status and size. During the 1970's, crowds of 120 000 were reported to have been crammed in on occasion. The MCG is currently the biggest sporting venue in Australia, and is nearing completion of a $430m redevelopment project in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in March this year. The redevelopment has involved the demolition of the historic pavilion as well as the Olympic and Ponsford stands.

The biggest day on the Australian cricketing calendar, the Boxing Day Test Match is held there every year on the 26th of December.

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