What is Boxing Day Test: Boxing Day Tests are a long-followed tradition in the sport of cricket with matches starting on December 26.
Cricket fans around the world are waiting for December 26 when two Test matches will start in two different continents.
While Australia will host New Zealand for the second Test of the three-match series, South Africa will host England for the first Test of the four-match series on this Thursday.
With Australia already gaining a 1-0 lead over the visitors, New Zealand would be keen to stage a fightback for they didn’t play to their potential in Perth.
Trent Boult is excited to play the Boxing Day Test at the MCG! pic.twitter.com/W3ADrYSdzA
— ICC (@ICC) December 19, 2019
On the other hand, fans would follow the South Africa vs England match because of the hosts playing under a refurbished team management in addition to veteran English fast bowler James Anderson’s return after more than four months.
What is Boxing Day Test
While there is usually a lot of buzz regarding the Boxing Day Test, let us know the reason why December 26 is called the “Boxing Day”.
The day after Christmas, December 26 is a bank holiday and a day to spend with family and friends. It is also said that people eat up all the leftovers of the Christmas day on the Boxing Day.
It is worth mentioning that there is no confirmed reason behind naming the day as “Boxing Day”. Having said that, what can be confirmed is that it is in no manner related to the sport boxing.
A school of thought states that parishioners used to collect money for the poor people in alms “boxes” and these boxes were opened on the day after Christmas. The same was done on this day in the honour of first Christian missionary St. Stephens, whose feast day also falls on December 26.