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Ashes 2010 venue: Melbourne

November 23, 2010 16:22 IST

Fourth Test, Dec. 26-30

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) (100,000)

Last England Test win: 1998-99 series

MCGEven in a sport steeped in history and tradition, a Boxing Day Ashes Test played out in front of 100,000 fans at one of the great cathedrals of the sporting world is something special.

The wicket used to be tricky on occasions but these days generally offers true bounce and a bit of pace, while it can take spin later in the match.

Mike Gatting's side sealed England's last Ashes victory in Australia at the MCG in 1986-87 and the tourists won again 12 years later.