As Australia prepare to do battle with the plucky Pakistan tourists at the MCG today, we relive some Boxing Day Test heroics from the one and only Shane Warne.
Injuries meant the legendary spinner only played two Boxing Day Tests against England, but they were momentous performances that solidified Warne’s status as one of the great Ashes destroyers.
During the 1994 Test at the MCG – which actually started on December 24th before breaking for Christmas Day – Warne decimated England’s first innings foray, taking 6/64 as the tourists succumbed for 212.
The brash leggie followed that up with a stunning hat-trick in the fourth innings of the match as England slumped from 6/91 to 9/91. Craig McDermott finished off the tail one run later as Australia completed a 295-run victory.
Warne missed the 1998 and 2002 Boxing Day Ashes Tests due to shoulder injuries, but returned in style during Australia’s 5-0 series rout on home soil in 2006.
Fresh from his match-winning turn in Australia’s extraordinary comeback win in Adelaide, Warne became the first bowler in Test history to claim 700 wickets when he brilliantly bowled England opener Andrew Strauss.
Warne took 5/39 to spearhead England’s 159 all out, before smacking 40 not out in Australia’s sole innings and then notched 2/46 in the hapless visitors’ second dig, farewelling his beloved home ground with another masterful display and a victory by an innings and 99 runs.