Cheeky sledges Nathan Lyon said to South African skipper Dean Elgar during Boxing Day Test at MCG

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Australian cricket’s cult hero Nathan Lyon has unleashed the first cheeky sledge of the Boxing Day Test at Dean Elgar, as the Aussies tore through the South African top order.

Australian skipper Pat Cummins made the unusual choice to bowl first after winning the toss – a decision that has so far has paid dividends. 

Australian cricket’s cult hero Nathan Lyon (pictured) has unleashed the first cheeky sledge of the Boxing Day Test at Dean Elgar, as the Aussies tore through the South African top order

Nathan Lyon is pictured chatting to the flagbearer before play started on Monday

Nathan Lyon is pictured chatting to the flagbearer before play started on Monday

South African captain Dean Elgar survived a scare early when he played on, but despite the ball rolling back onto his stumps, the bails did not fall.

Lyon, who was fielding at point, decided to let Elgar know just how lucky he was to be still batting.

‘I reckon that’s your Santa present… That’s Santa coming late I reckon,’ Lyon said.

Elgar replied, ‘I’ve been a good boy.’

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‘Never,’ said Lyon. ‘You’re never on the good list.’

Elgar’s luck ran out in the 23rd over though when he tried to challenge the brilliant fielding of Marnus Labuschagne for a quick single and was run out with a direct hit from cover.

Elgar's luck ran out in the 23rd over though when he tried to challenge the brilliant fielding of Marnus Labuschagne for a quick single and was run out with a direct hit from cover

Elgar’s luck ran out in the 23rd over though when he tried to challenge the brilliant fielding of Marnus Labuschagne for a quick single and was run out with a direct hit from cover

Justin Langer was very critical of the opening session from South Africa, who are at risk of another first innings batting collapse.

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

 ‘A poor decision by the captain to take on Marnus in the first session. A cardinal sin. Run- outs in Test cricket are a cardinal sin. Then what happens, Bavuma next ball. All of a sudden a run-out. We have seen some poor decisions by South Africa today.’

Justin Langer was very critical of the opening session from South Africa, who are at risk of another first innings batting collapse

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Justin Langer was very critical of the opening session from South Africa, who are at risk of another first innings batting collapse

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

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

After Cummins won the toss and sent a roar around the MCG when he announced the side would bowl first, tributes flowed for Warne, who died in March earlier this year aged just 52; shocking the entire cricket world.

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

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

A video tribute featuring the Coldplay song ‘Yellow’ played around the ground for the first Test played at Warne’s home ground since his death. Warne was very close with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.

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

‘He was true to himself. He was what he was and he didn’t try and be anyone else,’ the former Aussie opener said on Channel 7.

Floppy hats and zinc, both synonymous with 'Warnie', could be seen all around the MCG, with even the broadcast teams at Channel 7 and Fox Cricket donning the thoughtful tribute items

Floppy hats and zinc, both synonymous with ‘Warnie’, could be seen all around the MCG, with even the broadcast teams at Channel 7 and Fox Cricket donning 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, with charity, at the ground, and also passing his knowledge on to the younger generation. So, it is special to pay tribute to him,’ said Katich.

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