Legends and Debuts: A Look Back at Warnie’s Magic, Warner’s Ton, AB and Thommo’s Brave Stand, and Boland’s Brilliant Debut

Annual Test cricket nirvana at MCG clash on Boxing Day is here. This tradition began in 1968 when the first Test took place. The occasion has become a national sporting event in Australia, attracting about 70,000 fans annually. Some of the most memorable matches include Australia vs. West Indies in 1968 where Bill Lawry produced 205, Gary Cosier’s debut century in 1975, and Australia’s near-victory over England in 1982. Notable moments also include Graham Yallop’s 268 against Pakistan in 1983, and Tony Dodemaide’s rare half-century and five-wicket haul in 1987. Shane Warne’s debut of the flipper in 1992, and his 700th Test wicket in 2006 are also significant. Other memorable matches include Australia’s heavy loss to England in 2010 and Chris Rogers’ batting heroics in 2013. In 2016, Nathan Lyon’s dismissal of Sami Aslam sparked wild scenes. Scott Boland’s brilliant Ashes debut in 2010, and David Warner’s notable performance against South Africa in 2012, are also remembered.