Can Aussies extend dominance in Boxing day Tests?

Written by: Shuchi Sridhar
Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 16:39 [IST]
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Aussies' performance in Boxing Day Tests

Melbourne, Dec 22: A few years ago, Aussies were considered as champions in all formats of the game, claiming the No 1 spot. Currently into a transitional phase, Aussies were dismissed by a team ranked eighth, which lacked that killer instinct that was a part of the team a couple of years ago.

With a few changes, the team wears an entirely new look and moreover, is battling injuries. Since the seniors aren't playing to their potential and are refusing to shoulder more responsibilities, the young brigade which is getting used to Test cricket have a task at hand. Due to this the young brigade, is wearing out and resulting in injuries. Most of the players like Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, James Pattinson and others have been nursing injuries.

Now, the question is, with such a team, can Aussies continue to extend their dominance at home? Probably they might have an advantage of playing at home but cannot ensure that alone would get them sail through.

This time though India is termed favourites after Aussies' dismal performance in the last 5-6 weeks, wherein they have registered two losses including the most embarrassing fourth lowest total of 47 against South Africa and a home defeat against Kiwis.

With a great batting line-up India is termed favourites to register their first series win against Aussies at their backyard. Though Indian bowling looks weak, the hosts can fancy their chances against a depleted Aussie side as the team is battling injuries while a few batsmen are struggling to score runs.

Here is a list of Test matches played on Boxing day which also shows Aussie dominance at home.

 Year    Opposition                            Result               
 1950  England
 Australia won by 28 runs
 1952  South Africa  South Africa won by 82 runs
 1968  West Indies
 Australia won by an innings and 30 runs
 1974  England Draw (Scorecard: Australia Vs England)
 1975  West Indies
 Australia won by 8 wickets
 1980  New Zealand
 Draw (Scorecard: Australia Vs New Zealand)
 1981  West Indies
 Australia won by 58 runs
 1982  England  England won by 3 runs
 1983  Pakistan  Draw (Scorecard: Australia Vs Pakistan)
 1984  West Indies 
 Draw (Scorecard: Australia Vs West Indies)
 1985  India 
 Draw (Scorecard: Australia Vs India )
 1986  England
 England won by an innings and 14 runs
 1987  New Zealand
 Draw (Scorecard: Australia Vs New Zealand)
 1988  West Indies  West Indies won by 258 runs
 1990  England
 Australia won by 9 wickets
 1991  India  Australia won by 8 wickets
 1992  West Indies
 Australia won by 139 runs
 1993  South Africa
 Draw (Scorecard: Australia Vs South Africa)
 1994  England
 Australia won by 295 runs
 1995  Sri Lanka
 Australia won by 10 wickets
 1996  West Indies
 West Indies won by 6 wickets
 1997  South Africa
 Draw (Scorecard: Australia Vs South Africa)
 1998  England  England won by 12 runs
 1999  India 
 Australia won by 180 runs
 2000  West Indies  Australia won by 352 runs
 2001  South Africa
 Australia won by 9 wickets
 2002  England
 Australia won by 5 wickets
 2003  India
 Australia won by 9 wickets
 2004  Pakistan
 Australia won by 9 wickets
 2005  South Africa
 Australia won by 184 runs
 2006  England  Australia won by an innings and 99 runs
 2007  India
 Australia won by 337 runs
 2008 South Africa
 South Africa won by 9 wickets
 2009  Pakistan
 Australia won by 170 runs
 2010  England
 England won by an innings and 157 runs

Though Aussies have an amazing track record winning 27 off 35 matches, showing their dominance at Melbourne, which is the venue for all Boxing day Tests. With India all set to play Aussies in the Boxing Day Test, it remains to be seen if Aussies can withstand the pressure that is currently on them as they have not been quite consistent in the last few weeks or will India succeed in registering their first victory in a Boxing day Test and march ahead with a 1-0 lead.


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