Security increased ahead of Boxing Day Ashes Test

After an incident in Melbourne earlier this week, security has been beefed up around the fourth Ashes Test at the MCG.

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Security measures will be stepped up for the Boxing Day Ashes Test at the MCG following an incident in Melbourne earlier this week.

A dozen people were injured - three of them critically - after a car was driven into pedestrians close to the Flinders Street Station on Thursday.

A man has subsequently been charged with 18 counts of attempted murder.

The England and Wales Cricket Board released a brief statement at the time to say that all players and staff were safe, and Victoria premier Daniel Andrews confirmed extra precautions would continue to be taken.

"People across Victoria will already have noticed an increased police presence and that will continue to grow in coming days all the way through to New Year's Eve fireworks and the other important festivities," he said.

"There will be more Victoria Police at things like the Big Bash, the soccer on at AAMI, the Boxing Day Test, Carols by Candlelight, all the way through to New Year's Eve next week.

"This is always a very busy time of year. Victoria Police have the resources and have the resolve to do everything that needs to be done to keep the community safe. If it takes a bit longer to get your bag searched, that's being done for your safety and I would ask that you are patient, that you are as cooperative as you possibly can be and that you remain vigilant."

"I think we're in good hands," added Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland. "You've heard from the premier...that it's really business as usual.

"A very calm approach comes from the great experiences we have here in Victoria of hosting major events and continuing to adapt to the circumstances of the day.

"CA has great confidence in where we're at and we share that with the MCC who are the ground managers and we look forward to a fantastic event."

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