Despite Australia sweeping the three-match ODI series against England, poor crowd turnout – a trend that started at the recently concluded Men’s T20 World Cup at home – continues to plague organizers in the country.
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On Tuesday, Australia’s openers Travis Head (152) and David Warner (106) broke several records on their way to a 269-run partnership in the hosts’ 221-run win (D/L method), but unfortunately they were there are only 10,406 fans present. presence at the MCG, which has a capacity of over 90,000.
The previous low was in 1979 when 12,077 people showed up to watch Australia and England, according to a report in sen.com.au on Wednesday.
Former Australia batsman Mike Hussey said the poor attendances in the series were due to a number of reasons.
“It was a Tuesday night; it was freezing cold and quite wet in Melbourne,” Hussey told sen.com.au on Wednesday. “They were trying to squeeze this series in at the end of a T20 World Cup and just before Test matches.
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“There’s so much cricket these days (so) there’s only so many days of cricket you can really go to. If you ask the current player, the schedule is very busy… there’s just one tournament after another ,” added the Australian great.
Australia kicks off the summer test match against the West Indies on November 30 in Perth.