Second Test – Day 1: Number Crunching Boxing Day style

Given the attention that will obviously come from the mass media over the tradition of the Boxing Day test, I thought it would be a good time to try something a little different. So instead of giving the blow by blow account of another action packed Boxing Day, I’ve decided to use some numbers to give the snapshot for those that have had a little too much cold amber fluid for recovery day, and for those that may have or may not have noticed between Bill Lawry’s usual “GOOOOONNNNEE! YEEESSSSS!” montage.

45 – Dollars it cost me to sit in the front row of the top deck of the Ponsford Stand
2 – Minutes between the time the actual toss was made and the time it would have been shown on TV
1 – Changes made to the Sri Lankan XI
2 – Rotations in the Australian bowling attack of which 1 was forced and 1 was heavily debated
10:31 – The time the first ball of the match was delivered by Mitchell Johnson to Dimuth Karunaratne
431 – The number linked forever with Jackson Bird as he joined the most exclusive club in Australia
3 – The number of attempts for a Mexican Wave started by the old Bay 13 before success in the first session
4 – The number of times the members were booed upon the successful commencement and continuation of the wave in the morning session. A handful of the younger members (likely to be guests) broke tradition and joined
5 – Combined number of tests for ABC cricket test debutantes Bryce McGain and Andrew McDonald (can’t be bothered counting the totals of Fleming and O’Keeffe)
0 – Hoots given when the drama of one of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race favourites was withdrawn at the dock (as opposed to scratched at the barrier), I doubt anyone at the ground even knew the race started
1 – Protest banners that made it to the top deck of the Olympic Stand below the main scoreboard that was confiscated. I believe this had something to do with treatment of Sri Lankans and non-Tamils but I cannot confirm nor really care
3 – Number of protesters that held confiscated banner
10000 – The number of runs that Kumar Sangakkara passed in his career
3 – The value of the scoring shot that saw Sangakkara become number……
11 – The number of members in the 10000 run club
0 – Apparently the number of brain cells used by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera in their shot selections leading to their demise
98 – The number of runs scored by 10 Sri Lankan batsmen and Extras. The other (Sangakkara) scored the other 58.
1 – Inflatable object depicting male private parts bouncing around the Southern Stand
3 – The number of “If you Throw, You Go” messages flashed on the replay screens
488 – How many dollars you will pay as a fine for getting thrown out of the MCG
7300 – How many dollars you will pay as a fine for streaking or invading the MCG
0 – The number of the fans that attemped to invade or streak
4 – The number of catches taken by Matthew Wade
10 – The number of steps sprinted at full pace that I counted Wade had to take before the dive for the Sangakkara catch
2 – The number of times the crowd groaned as the umpires checked for no-balls
0 – Wickets cost as a result of deliveries being legal
1 – Successful number of DRS referrals that a player used
1 – Suspected broken thumb for wicketkeepers whilst batting.
200 – Wickets that Mitchell Johnson has taken in his career after today’s play.
43.4 – The overs that Sri Lanka faced in their first innings
19 – The number of minutes early tea was taken after Sri Lanka were dismissed
1 – Number of Dutch internationals used as part of the tea break competition (Tom Cooper played in the 2011 WC for the Netherlands)
3:10 – Time of first delivery of Australian first innings
34 – Balls that David Warner used to compile his 50
1 – Long balls dropped in the AFL members section courtesy of a Warner 6
4:50 – The time of departure from the MCG so I could make the 7PM to Sydney
67138 – Official Attendance, a couple of thousand more than I had anticipated
2 – The number of wickets that fell after my departure
2– Dropped chances after I took a tram ride to Docklands
1500 – A total run tally that Michael Clarke has surpassed in the year 2012, surpassed while I was on the shuttle bus to Tullamarine


I’m sure I may have missed several numerical facts of interest for this year’s edition for the tradition, you can certainly add them below. It was more than likely the most dominant day that Australia had played in the days of the Boxing Day test that I have seen over the years, but as Perth had shown when they were in a similar position, it still requires discipline and hard work to get themselves into a winning position. The remainder of the week will tell the tale.

About Mick Jeffrey

32 Year Old, Bulldogs Member and tragic. Reserve Grade coach after over 225 combined senior/reserves appearances for Brothers AFC in AFL Capricornia. 11 time Marathon finisher, one time Ultra Marathon finisher and Comrades Marathon competitor 2017.


  1. The Black Prince says

    ZERO – The number of times Shane Watson has Captained Austraila in test cricket…Thank God for that!

  2. Colin Ritchie says

    How many Sri Lankan supporters playing instruments? I don’t know but seemed to increase as the day went on.

  3. Grant Wharington,

    On Nov 1, you were supposed to submit your paperwork.

    You have flaunted with this rule for years.

    You leave things to the last minute.

    Your paperwork was not up to the required standard.

    Buttock the thistle Grant.

  4. Great stuff Mick. Spot on with the number of brain cells used by Dilshan and Samaraweera, Dilshans shot in particular as bad as I have seen at Test level by an established star batsman.

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