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Live: Australia v India, Boxing Day Test, day two

Jesse Hogan 11:59 AM   Join The Age cricket expert Jesse Hogan to follow all the action live from the MCG on day two of the third Test.

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Boxing Day another ripping yarn

Greg Baum

Greg Baum 12:47 AM   In the first over of the Boxing Day Test, Chris Rogers was struck an eye-watering blow. In the second over, so was Australia as David Warner was snapped up slips for a duck.

Smith holds Australia together

Shane Watson was lucky to still be in the middle at lunch.

Chloe Saltau 7:13 PM   CRICKET Indians fight back with tight bowling after lunch to remove established batsmen Chris Rogers and Watson in quick succession.

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Watson teases but triple figures prove elusive

Shane Watson.

Andrew Wu 7:10 PM   Shane Watson gave Australian cricket another glimpse of his talent on Boxing Day only to continue a frustrating career trend which has prevented him from stamping his authority on Test matches.

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Scorchers' Klinger too hot for Renegades

Michael Klinger

Brad Elborough 11:29 PM   A Michael Klinger century put the Perth Scorchers T20 Big Bash title defence back on track at the WACA Ground on Friday.

Wright 'surprised' by Cook sacking

Luke Wright is now restricted to batting.

Daniel Cherny 7:35 PM   Melbourne Stars batsman Luke Wright says the sacking of his former England one-day captain Alastair Cook was a surprise.

McCullum out for 195 in Christchurch

Brendon McCullum capped off his incredible year by becoming the first New Zealander to score 1000 Test runs in a calendar year.

Matt Richens 3:36 PM   CRICKET New Zealand skipper becomes first Kiwi to score 1000 Test runs in a calendar year.

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Run-happy Black Caps buoyed by life in pitch

Masterclass: New Zealand's Brendon McCullum.

Daniel Gilhooly 9:10 AM   New Zealand hope another of their prolific performers from 2014 can step up, this time with the ball on day two of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch.

South Africa's Elgar, du Plessis dominate West Indies

On song: South Africa batsmen Dean Elgar (left) and Faf du Plessis.

Colin Bryden 8:55 AM   Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis punished the West Indies for fielding lapses as South Africa built a strong position on the first day of the second Test in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Skipper finds the gaps in impressive debut innings upstairs

New role: Injured skipper Michael Clarke with  Peter Siddle on Boxing Day at the MCG.

Rob Forsaith 11:58 PM   The debutant admitted to pre-match nerves, but delivered a classy performance on one of Australian sport’s grandest stages. It wasn’t Joe Burns batting at No.6, rather hamstrung captain Michael Clarke, who the Nine Network engaged to call the third Test at the MCG.

Spoilt for choice in a summer of sport

Tim Cahill

Timna Jacks 11:55 PM   Sports fans across the state are biting their nails over the summer's smorgasbord of sport.

Nepal goes to new heights with Hughes memorial

Cricket Australia is working with the Cricket Association of Nepal to pay tribute to Phillip Hughes.

Andrew Wu 11:29 PM   Cricket Australia is working with the Cricket Association of Nepal on an initiative to place a bat on top of Mount Everest in memory of Phillip Hughes.

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Smith shines again as batsmen raise more questions than answers

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Malcolm Knox 8:17 PM   So at 3.40pm on a teasing Melbourne day, hot in the sunshine but chilly in the shade, the moment arrived for Australian Test cricketer number 441, Joseph Anthony Burns.

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More chip shots than cheap shots at Sixers, Thunder derby

Brett Lee and Jacques Kallis.

Melanie Kembrey 8:10 PM   Tensions may be rising between Australia and India, but there's likely to be more chit-chatting than sledging when the Sydney Sixers and Thunder meet on the cricket pitch.

Rogers tips bright Test future for Burns

Joe Burns.

Andrew Wu 7:36 PM   As Chris Rogers plays what is likely to be his last Boxing Day Test, the veteran has tipped a long and fruitful Test career for first-gamer Joe Burns.

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Live: Australia v India, Boxing Day Test, day one

Fans enjoying last year's Boxing Day Test at the MCG

Jesse Hogan 6:21 PM   Join Jesse Hogan live from the MCG for all the action on one of the biggest days on Australia's sporting calendar.

Smith stars again, Australia 5-259 at stumps

Steve Smith

5:53 PM   Steve Smith personified leadership as Australia reached 5-259 at stumps on day one of the Boxing Day Test against India.

Day three, don't sleep in ...

Paul Daffey   It was at the Kingston Hotel in Richmond, not far from the MCG.  Melbourne cricket identity Kevan Carroll and an old district cricket teammate, the anaesthetist Dr Peter Ashton (aka Dr Sleep), were having a catch-up over breakfast when they struck upon an idea. Why not invite fellow cricket lovers to a breakfast at the Kingston during the Boxing Day Test? Mine host Irene Ellis was keen on the idea. Carroll and Dr Sleep rounded up 55 of their closest friends and they all ingested bacon and eggs and Carroll's witticisms from the floor heading over to the MCG for the third day's play.

Cricket Australia trademarks 63 not out

Not out: Phillip Hughes was unbeaten on 63 not out for South Australia in a Sheffield Shield match when he was struck with a bouncer.

Cricket Australia trademarks the phrase associated with Phillip Hughes.

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Little goals for Renegades for big trip to Perth

Melbourne Renegades coach Simon Helmot.

Jesse Hogan   Paul Kelly sang that from little things big things grow. Simon Helmot's mantra ahead of Melbourne Renegades' Boxing Day evening match in Perth is that from little things good results flow.

Living the dream, speedster Hazlewood ‘privileged' to bowl behind Johnson

Australian pace bowler Josh Hazlewood says it was a privilege to open his Test career alongside Mitchell Johnson in Brisbane.

Australia to work on slow over-rates: Smith

The hosts fell well short of 90 overs per day during the second Test against India.

Rob Forsaith   Steve Smith vowed to pick up the pace, with Australia's stand-in skipper confident he won't be slapped with a one-game ban for slow over-rates.

Warner thanks Candice for career revival

Warner has scored 1096 Test runs this calender year at an average of 68.50.

Rob Forsaith   Enjoying his first Christmas Day as a father, David Warner feels he's matured on and off the field over the past year.

Hazlewood tells Burns to keep it simple

Josh Hazlewood

Josh Hazlewood has a simple piece of advice for Joe Burns: don't change anything.

Paceman's paradise awaits Sri Lanka in NZ

New Zealand and Sri Lanka are expecting a paceman's paradise when their two-Test series starts in Christchurch on Friday.

Swami Army play their own cricket match ahead of Boxing Day Test

Players at the Annual Swami Army

Tom Cowie   Like Uncle Trevor and too much Shiraz or a spicy chicken biryani and cooling raita, Christmas and cricket were made for each other.

Cricket: the numbers game, where things don't add up

Australian skipper Steve Smith takes aim at a ball in the nets on Thursday.

Greg Baum   To borrow inelegantly from football idiom, sometimes it feels as if Australia and India have swapped sweaters.

Winning is burning desire but away, India often find a way to fail

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Dean Jones   India should have won at least one of the first two Tests, if not both. They have had the opportunities to beat Australia but failed to win the important ‘‘moments’’.

Harris back as Aussies relish Indians' whingeing

Ryan Harris looks on during an Australian nets session.

Jesse Hogan   Ryan Harris is a confirmed starter for Australia in the Boxing Day Test, along with debutant Joe Burns at number six, with captain Steve Smith declaring his team is pleased opponents India is spending so much of their time "whingeing and complaining".

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St Kilda and AFL haven't given up on Junction Oval plan

St Kilda president Peter Summers at the Junction Oval last month.

Daniel Cherny   St Kilda and the AFL have not given up hope of orchestrating a Saints return to the Junction Oval, and will continue to work with the state government, local community groups and Cricket Victoria in a bid to get the Saints back - despite the news that constrution works to turn the venue into a cricket-only facility would begin in the new year.

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