Cheeky sleds, Nathan Lyon told South African skipper Dean Elgar during the Boxing Day test at the MCG

Australian cricketing cult hero Nathan Lyon threw the cheeky first sled of the Boxing Day Test at Dean Elgar as the Australians tore through South Africa’s top order.

Australian skipper Pat Cummins made the unusual choice to play first after winning the toss – a decision which has so far paid off.

Australia’s cult cricket hero Nathan Lyon (pictured) threw the cheeky first sled of the Boxing Day Test at Dean Elgar as the Australians tore through the South African order.

Nathan Lyon is pictured chatting with the flag bearer before the start of play on Monday

Nathan Lyon is pictured chatting with the flag bearer before the start of play on Monday

South Africa captain Dean Elgar survived an early scare when he played, but despite the ball returning to his stumps, the bonds did not drop.

Lyon, who was lining up on point, decided to let Elgar know how lucky he was to still be at bat.

“I think it’s your present from Santa Claus… It’s Santa Claus coming late, I think,” Lyon said.

Elgar replied, “I’ve been a good boy.”

“Never,” said Lyon. “You’re never on the right list.”

Elgar’s luck ran out in the 23rd when he tried to challenge Marnus Labuschagne’s brilliant lineup for a quick single and was exhausted with a direct hit to cover.

Elgar's luck ran out in the 23rd when he tried to challenge Marnus Labuschagne's brilliant lineup for a quick single and was exhausted with a direct hit from coverage.

Elgar’s luck ran out in the 23rd when he tried to challenge Marnus Labuschagne’s brilliant lineup for a quick single and was exhausted with a direct hit from coverage.

Justin Langer was highly critical of South Africa’s opening session, which risks another batting collapse in the first inning.

‘The great Allan Border once told me that Test cricket is about five days of cricket. What we saw in that first session, we saw some pretty silly cricket from South Africa’ ‘, Langer said on 7 Cricket.

“A bad decision by the captain to face Marnus in the first session. A deadly sin. Run-outs in test cricket are a deadly sin. So what’s up, Bavuma next ball. All of a sudden We saw bad decisions from South Africa today.

Justin Langer was very critical of South Africa's opening session, which risks another batting collapse in the first inning

Justin Langer was very critical of South Africa’s opening session, which risks another batting collapse in the first inning

A pre-match ceremony paid tribute to Shane Warne, who loved the MCG and won his 700th wicket.

Floppy hats and zinc, both synonymous with ‘Warnie’, could be seen all around the MCG, with even Channel 7 and Fox Cricket broadcast crew donning the thoughtful tribute items.

After Cummins won the coin toss and sent a roar around the MCG when he announced the team would go first, tributes poured in for Warne, who died in March earlier this year at the age of 52 only; shocking everyone of cricket.

It was the most emotional start to a Boxing Day Test ever, as fans, players and family members paid tribute to Shane Warne

It was the most emotional start to a Boxing Day Test ever, as fans, players and family members paid tribute to Shane Warne

A video tribute featuring Coldplay’s song ‘Yellow’ played on the pitch for the first Test played on Warne’s pitch since his death. Warne was very close to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

Warne’s former teammate Simon Katich paid tribute to one of the greatest characters, on and off the pitch, the game has ever seen.

“He was true to himself. He was who he was and he didn’t try to be someone else,’ the former Australia flyhalf told Channel 7.

Soft hats and zinc, both synonymous with

Floppy hats and zinc, both synonymous with ‘Warnie’, could be seen all around the MCG, even Channel 7 and Fox Cricket broadcast crews wearing the thoughtful tribute items.

“He was also the greatest leg spinner of all time. I also loved how respectful he was of our families and the time he gave to the kids and fans of the game.

“He was so generous with his time, charity, on the pitch, and passed on his knowledge to the younger generation as well. It is therefore special to honor him,” said Katich.

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