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Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne

MCG pitch rated poor by ICC

Jan 2, 2018: Australian cricket has been embarrassed by the ICC rating the MCG drop-in pitch for the Boxing Day Ashes Test as "poor" following a dull draw in which only 24 wickets were taken over five days

Daniel Brettig

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

The Ashes is sinking into the mire of its own hogwash

Dec 29, 2017: George Dobell observes a ball tampering beat-up at the MCG and not for the first time in this Ashes series doesn't like what he sees

George Dobell in Melbourne

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

Bayliss bemused as England are drawn into 'ball-tampering' row

Dec 29, 2017: Television footage appeared to show James Anderson digging his fingernail into the ball on a rain-affected fourth day of the fourth Test at Melbourne

Andrew Miller

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

MCG pitch battle spotlights issue for Australia

Dec 28, 2017: The surface prepared for the Boxing Day Test has come in for criticism from all sides, with only Adelaide currently succeeding in getting the balance right

Daniel Brettig at the MCG

Australia v New Zealand, World Cup 2015, final, Melbourne

Size not the only challenge for NZ at MCG

Mar 27, 2015: Clever as New Zealand's fans have been in lampooning questions about the size of the MCG with the tag #MCGsobig, it is difficult to find anyone who does not think the ground's vast dimensions will make a difference to the World Cup final on Sunday

Daniel Brettig in Melbourne

Bangladesh v India, World Cup 2015, 2nd Q-F, Melbourne

Keeping a quarter-final streak alive

Mar 19, 2015: Bringing a bugle out of hibernation and donning face-paint for a unique hat-trick of India's World Cup quarter-finals

Sudhindra Prasad

India v South Africa, World Cup 2015, Group B, Melbourne

Exhilarating and intimidating MCG

Feb 21, 2015: It's size and history make the Melbourne Cricket Ground a house of sporting dreams

Firdose Moonda in Melbourne

Mind games in Melbourne

Dec 26, 2014: Stadiums equate to their cities in the casual cricket watcher's imagination. Melbourne does too, but repeat visits amplify its charms

Sharda Ugra

The G at the end of the line

Nov 6, 2014: Go to Melbourne and the MCG will suck you in. It's not part of Melbourne, it is Melbourne

Jarrod Kimber

Heart of the matter

Nov 1, 2014: In the sporting crown of Melbourne, one jewel glitters more brightly than the rest (and no, it's not the AFL)

Brydon Coverdale

The heart of the game

Oct 21, 2014: The Antipodean shrine of cricket is certain to bring its famed sense of occasion to the World Cup

Benjamin Golby

New Zealand news

'We head into World Cup as the perennial dark horse' - McCullum

Oct 8, 2014: Brendon McCullum has said New Zealand go into the World Cup as "the perennial dark horse", on his team's visit to Melbourne

Brydon Coverdale

Australia news

MCG turf to be relaid ahead of World Cup

Aug 21, 2014: The MCG's 20,000 square metres of turf will be replaced in October in its biggest resurfacing since the overhaul undertaken after the 2004 AFL season in preparation for the 2006 Commonwealth Games

ESPNcricinfo staff

When Dad watched Sobers make 252

Dec 27, 2013: Watching Garry Sobers' famous innings for the World XI at the MCG was a near-religious experience for one part-time bartender

Jarrod Kimber

Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 1st day

MCG hits record crowd

Dec 26, 2013: The MCG has reported a world-record attendance for a day of Test cricket, with 90,831 spectators officially accounted for during the final session on Boxing Day

Brydon Coverdale

ICC World Cup 2015

World Cup final returns to Melbourne

Jul 29, 2013: Twenty-three years after Imran Khan led Pakistan to victory over England, Melbourne will again host the World Cup final in 2015

Daniel Brettig

Eugenides and Adorno at the cricket

Mar 15, 2012: Is there any point in being sad about the Sheffield Shield's place in our culture today?

Christian Ryan

'I respect my wicket a hundred times more now'

Dec 24, 2011: No more just the T20 biffer, David Warner has made it to the big leagues, and he has made sure the mental and technical aspects of his game have kept pace

Daniel Brettig

Cricket's secular feast day

Aug 9, 2011: Boxing Day at the MCG is one of cricket's grand traditions. For some it's about being at the cricket, for some the Long Room, for some drinking themselves silly, for others a time with family

Greg Baum

It happened at the G

Dec 26, 2009: Living 40 minutes away from the MCG is something you can come to take for granted, a homesick Victorian realises

Jarrod Kimber
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