Yet another record was broken on the occasion of the rare Boxing Day Test between neighbours Australia and New Zealand, this time, by the spectators as a record number of 80,473 fans flocked to the Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG) to catch the action. This has been the first time that 80,000 fans have gathered to watch a match between Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand won the toss and put Australia to bat first, following which the visitors struck gold early on Day one to put Australia in a sticky situation. However, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne ensured that the scoreboard kept ticking for Australia. Marnus Labuschagne brought up his seventh Test half-century before he was dismissed by Wagner when he was on 67 runs. Steve Smith went on till the end of the day's play and remained unbeaten at 77 runs as Australia closed Day one on 257-4.
End of day one of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground 🏏— ICC (@ICC) December 26, 2019
Australia finish on 257/4, with Steve Smith unbeaten on 77. Colin de Grandhomme was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets. #AUSvNZ SCORECARD ▶️ https://t.co/Svt1gr1205 pic.twitter.com/0Z0iLf6GLh
Marnus Labuschagne's run-riot came to an end in a disappointing fashion as Colin de Grandhomme provided the visitors with the perfect breakthrough on Day one of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG on Thursday. Marnus Labuschagne looked in fine touch, as he has been in this year, and got to his seventh Test fifty, building a strong partnership with Steve Smith. However, de Grandhomme's delivery ricocheted off Labuschagne's elbow, crashing into the stumps and bringing Labuschagne's knock to an end. A flustered Labuschagne looked livid with himself as he sent his chewing gum for a six in frustration while walking back to the dressing room. However, Steve Smith registered his first fifty for the summer, helping Australia regain hold on the game after losing three wickets on the first day.