AN umpiring farce threatens to take some shine off the historic pink ball Test, after New Zealand were robbed of a chance to take a stranglehold on day two.

VIDEO: Tyson Fury has been crowned the new heavyweight champion after handing Wladimir Klitschko his first defeat in 11 years. Re-live the action!

JAMIE Vardy set a new Premier League record by scoring in an 11th consecutive top-flight match as Leicester City drew 1-1 with Manchester United on Saturday.

THERE was the historic nature of the occasion to be handled but in the end it was simple cricket strategy that prevailed, writes Ian Chappell.

Despite the A-League’s mostly good news story, football fans feel they have not been met half-way. In the past week they have prosecuted a strong case writes Richard Hinds.


MCG Season Fixtures

2015/16 cricket season

Boxing Day Test

December 26-30: Australia v West Indies

One-day international

Sunday January 17: Australia v India

Twenty20 International

Friday January 29: Australia v India

Sheffield Shield

October 28-31: Victoria v Queensland (D/N)
November 14-17: Victoria v Western Australia
December 6-9: Victoria v South Australia
February 3-6: Victoria v Tasmania
March 15-18: Victoria v New South Wales

T20 Big Bash League (men’s)

Sunday December 20: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder (7.25pm)
Saturday January 2: Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades (6.10pm)
Wednesday January 6: Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes (7.40pm)
Thursday January 14: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat (7.40pm)

T20 Big Bash League (women’s)

Saturday January 2: Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades (time TBC)
Sunday January 3: Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars (time TBC)