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3-6 January 2013

In a history making match, Sri Lanka played its first ever Test Match at the SCG and Mike Hussey said farewell to Test cricket. Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 294 with paceman Jackson Bird leading the Australian attack collecting 4-41. In reply, Australia compiled 9 (dec) 432 with wicket-keeper Matthew Wade unbeaten on 102 before Sri Lanka were dismissed in its second innings for 278. Despite a few nervous moments, Australia eventually claimed a five wicket victory with Hussey, fittingly, at the crease on 27 not out when the winning runs were scored.

3-6 January 2012

In the 100th Test played at the SCG, Australian captain Michael Clarke registered the highest ever Test score at the SCG scoring a masterly 329 not out as Australia defeated India by an innings and 68 runs. After Australia dismissed India for 191, Australia appeared in trouble at 3-37, before Clarke and Ricky Ponting took control with a 288-run fourth wicket partnership. Ponting completed his sixth SCG Test century with an innings of 134. The runs continued when Clarke was joined by Mike Hussey with the pair registering an unbeaten 334-run fifth wicket partnership. India batted defiantly in its second innings with Sachin Tendulkar scoring 80 before Australian paceman Ben Hilfenhaus wrapped up the match taking 5-106.

6 January 2010

Australia scored a 36 run victory over Pakistan in the 2010 January Test Match. The SCG 'green top' wicket provided a thrilling Test Match, which turned Australia's way when spinner Nathan Hauritz claimed a five wicket inning haul during Pakistan's 2nd innings.

29 August 2009

There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Sydney Swans club stalwarts, Jared Crouch, Michael O'Loughlin and Leo Barry farewelled fans following their last game for the Swans at the SCG on Saturday 29 August, 2009.

14 March 2009

More than 40,000 fans flocked to the SCG for Sound Relief, a twin musical extravaganza staged at the SCG and MCG, which raised over $5 million for the victims of the Victorian bushfire and Queensland floods. The day started when British group Coldplay, opened the concert with a dynamic set that included a guest appearance from John Farnham. They were followed by a star-studded list including Eskimo Joe, Jet, Josh Pyke, The Presets, Wolfmother, and Barry Gibb and Olivia Newton-John.

3-7 January 2009

The January Test match featured the McGrath Foundation fundraiser with over $500,000 raised towards breast care nurses and breast awareness. The Trust renamed the traditional Day 3 Ladies Day to Jane McGrath Day.

3-7 January 2009

NSW batsman Michael Clarke scored his maiden SCG Test century hitting 138 as Australia defeated South Africa by 103 runs in the third Test. Australia finally claimed a dramatic victory with only 10 balls remaining after South African captain Graeme Smith returned to the wicket after earlier breaking the little finger in his left hand. Despite batting for 29 minutes and defying 17 balls from the Australian attack, left arm paceman Mitchell Johnson finally bowled the gallant Smith to end the game.

2-6 January 2008

Australia registered its 16th successive Test match victory, equalling the record set by Steve Waugh's team, with a dramatic 122 run victory to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Five centuries were scored with Andrew Symonds (162no), VVS Laxman (109), Sachin Tendulkar (154no), Matthew Hayden (123) and Michael Hussey (145no). India appeared set to draw, but with less than 10 minutes remaining, part-time left arm spinner Michael Clarke captured three remaining wickets in 5 minutes to clinch victory.

28 October 2007

NSW captain, Simon Katich, became the first batsman since Sir Donald Bradman in 1929-30 to hit a triple century at the SCG, during the Pura Cup match against Queensland, 26-29 October 2007. Katich plundered 30 boundaries and nine sixes in an innings of 306 as he and wicket keeper Brad Haddin blasted 334 runs in a superb fifth wicket partnership.

2 September 2007

The SCG hosts its 300th AFL/VFL game in history. The Sydney Swans 22.9.(141) defeated Hawthorn 10.9.(69), qualifying for the 2007 Finals. The game also saw Jared Crouch achieve his 200th game career milestone.

8 July 2007

Four Sydney Swans players achieved major career milestones in their Round 14 clash against the Fremantle Dockers at the SCG. Michael O'Loughlin played his 261st game, breaking the South Melbourne / Sydney Swans club record held by John Rantall. Adam Goodes played his 200th senior game. Peter Everitt achieved AFL life membership on playing his 300th game (including pre-season, state of origin, and international appearances). Sean Dempster played his 50th senior game.

4 January 2007

The Australian cricket team created history and bid farewell to Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Justin Langer during the fifth Ashes Test Match. Australia's 10-wicket win completed a 5-0 series victory and became the first team in 86 years to complete an Ashes Series whitewash. McGrath captured a wicket with his final ball in Test cricket, and a month later completed the same feat in his final One Day International match for Australia at the SCG.

9 April 2006

The Sydney Swans' 2005 AFL Premiership winning flag was unfurled at the SCG prior to the opening home match of the 2006 season against Port Adelaide and flew proudly atop the Members Pavilion in a day of great ceremony and pride.

2-6 January 2006

Ricky Ponting re-wrote the record books when hitting twin centuries in his 100th Test match as his team crushed South Africa by eight wickets in the third Test against South Africa. Ponting scored 120 in the first innings and 143 not out in the second innings. Ponting became the first player to score a hundred in each innings in his 100th Test and along the way became the highest run scorer at the SCG surpassing Allan Border (1177 runs at 56.05), Greg Chappell (1150 runs at 63.89).

9 September 2005

Nick Davis kicks four goals in the last quarter, the final goal with only seconds remaining, to defeat Geelong in a semi-final at the SCG. The Swans marched on to reach the Grand Final and ultimately beat West Coast by four points for the club to win its first premiership since 1933.

29 January 2005

Approximately 50,000 people packed the SCG for Waveaid - the Tsunami relief concert. Organised by the Australian Music Industry, the concert raised $2.3m for the victims of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami.

2-6 January 2004

Australia v India in the Fourth Test - Steve Waugh's final match in International cricket commenced amid an emotional avalanche of support from his home town fans. The first three days of the match were sold out in advance.

2-6 January 2003

Australian skipper, Steve Waugh, overcame intense speculation about his future in the Australian Test team by completing a brilliant century from the final ball of play on Day 2 of the Ashes Test. It was Waugh's 29th Test century, equalling the Australian record of Sir Donald Bradman. Waugh became only the third player to score 10,000 Test runs when he reached 69 in that innings. The match was Steve Waugh's 156th Test, equalling the world record of Allan Border.

2-6 January 2002

Australia completed their first 'whitewash' against South Africa in 70 years by winning the fifth Test match at the SCG, a game in which Shane Warne celebrated his 10th anniversary in Test cricket. The opening day of the Test match was shrouded in a heavy smoke haze from local bushfires.

2-6 January 2001

Australia won its 15th Test in a row and secured a 5-0 clean sweep against the West Indies.

2-5 January 2000

Australia completed a 3-0 clean sweep of the Test series against India. Justin Langer made his highest Test score, becoming the 30th Australian to score a double century. The match was Mark Waugh's 100th Test.

6 June 1999

Tony Lockett kicked his 1,300th goal to surpass Gordon Coventry's all-time AFL goal scoring record, which stood unchallenged for 62 years.

2 January 1999

England's fast bowler, Darren Gough, took the first 'Ashes' hat-trick for England this century in the Fifth Test against Australia when he dismissed Ian Healy, Stuart MacGill and Colin Miller.

5 January 1998

Shane Warne dismissed Jacques Kallis in the second Test against South Africa to claim his 300th wicket in Test cricket.

21 September 1996

A crowd of 41,731 saw Tony Lockett kick a point after the siren to defeat Essendon and put the Swans into their first AFL grand final since relocating to Sydney.

3 January 1993

Alan Border scored his 10,000th run in Test cricket in the third Test against the West Indies.

26 July 1987

The Swans kicked a record breaking 36.20.(236) to thrash Essendon 11.7.(73) by 163 points in round 17 at the SCG.

6 January 1984

Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh all finished their Test careers in the fifth Test against Pakistan.

28 March 1982

The Sydney Swans played their first premiership match at the SCG, defeating Melbourne 20.7 (137) to 16.12 (108).

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