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Boxing Day: Checkout the top five moments of on this day world cricket

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Internet Desk: Probably you have hard about Boxing Day but, do you know why it is called as ‘Boxing day?’ Boxing Day is a public holiday in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. It is also a holiday in many other countries in the Commonwealth of Nations. It is based on a long custom of giving gifts to poor people.

The day is also celebrated in the game of cricket particularly in Australia and has a long history of some memorable test matches. Here goes the top five histories

#Boxing Day 1968 (Australia v West Indies)

The most Victorian cricketer of all, Bill Lawry, cracked an incredible 205, Ian Chappell chipping in with 165 before being bowled by Garfield Sobers, and Garth McKenzie taking 8/71, all setting up Australia’s victory by an innings and 30 runs.

#Boxing Day 1982 (Australia v England)

Allan Border and Jeff Thomson teamed up for a massive 70-run last wicket stand to almost deliver the crushing blow to English morale – but fell three runs short of victory.

#Boxing Day 1983 (Australia v Pakistan)

Graham Yallop made the hallowed turf his own, scoring a breathtaking 268, including 29 fours. The match ended in a draw, but the crowd was enthralled with Yallop’s shot selection, for his third double century.

#Boxing Day 2014 (Australia v India)

Australia did not need to win, and India never really thought seriously about doing so. A curiously muted final day of the Boxing Day Test petered out with four overs still to bowl; on recent evidence more than enough time to winkle out the visitors' last four wickets. A draw was enough for Australia to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy under the stand-in captaincy of Steven Smith, and also enough for MS Dhoni's India to avoid a series whitewash.

#Boxing Day 2010/11 (Australia v England)

The series was 1-1 and on the line. Andrew Strauss won the toss; we bowled in great conditions and knew this was chance for England. Key to winning in Australia is silencing the crowd, which is enormous on Boxing Day. England bowled them out for 98, and then they were well ahead by the close. You don’t get many days like that in Australia so make the most of them.

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