“The G”: Icon of Australian cricket

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015,23:42 IST By Abhinav Iyer A A A

Melbourne | Abhinav Iyer

In my column today, I will drift away from the preview and review of the games and talk a little bit about the city and the ground where Team India play their next game against the mighty South Africans.
Melbourne is located around Port Phillip Bay, with the city centre positioned along the Yarra River offering a maze of hidden laneways, opulent bars, exclusive restaurants and off-the-beaten-track boutiques. Based in the state of Victoria, Melbourne is a vibrant hub of style, sport, culture and dining. All of which come together for the city’s world famous events including the Australian Grand Prix, the Australian Open Tennis or the Melbourne Cup. The city is always buzzing and the streets and lanes are full of beautiful and exquisite graffitis.

The Stadium

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Hu or MCG or as the locals call it, “The G”, is one of the most iconic sporting venues across the world. It’s a Australia’s mecca of Cricket, with a capacity of 100,000. MCG has been a multi-purpose stadium as it hosts the AFL (Australian Football), Rugby, Rugby League amongst other sports. Located in East Melbourne, The G, was the birthplace of Test-Cricket with Australia playing England in the very first test match in 1877. Over the years, it has had some memorable cricket matches and the 1992 World Cup final was one of those great games, where Pakistan lifted their first ever World Cup. The grounds also house the Australian National Sports Museum, offering the nation’s finest collection of sporting history. The stadium has state of the art indoor facilities, and is located close to other big sporting venues of Melbourne, the Rod Laver Arena and The AAMI Park. It is the home ground for a lot of teams from the AFL and cricket. Victoria Bushrangers are the oldest tenants of the stadium and BBL team Melbourne Stars are the youngest ones.

The Boxing Day Test

Melbourne Cricket Ground is famous for the Boxing Day Test match. Every year, the team visiting Australia plays a Test Match starting on 26th December, in Melbourne. This test match is the most famous Test match in the cricketing year for an Australian. It gathers a record audience for a test cricketing event every year, with at least a minimum of 50000 spectators attending the match in the last 25 years. Every four years, the MCG hosts the Ashes Test between England and Australia.

Melbourne has been voted as the most liveable city in the world in the last four years. It’s a beautiful city with lots to do. A windy city in which you could witness all four seasons of the year in one day, is a definitely a city you should visit.
29th March is the day of the final. It’s going to be a historic night for Melbourne and the MCG again.