Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland is confident the MCG will host a world-record crowd of 91,000 for Sunday’s opening day’s play of the fourth Ashes Test.
The record of 90,800 was set at the same venue in February 1961 during the fifth Test against the West Indies.
Four years ago the record almost fell despite cold conditions as 89,155 fans attended the opening day of the Melbourne Test despite Australia already holding a 3-0 advantage.
This time, it’s locked at 1-1 with Sutherland admitting he had some nervous moments following Australia’s mixed performances in the first two matches, a draw in Brisbane and an innings defeat in Adelaide.
“The cricket gods are smiling on us all,” Sutherland told a press conference in Melbourne today.
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A Test Match between Australia and West Indies in Brisbane is halted by a hailstorm. Groud staff scamper across the outfield as players hand out helmets for protection.
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Reports of Australia’s demise as a cricketing superpower are somewhat exaggerated, according to Sir Vivian Richards. He knows a thing or two about conquerors becoming whipping boys, having watched it happen to his beloved West Indies since the glory days of the 1970s and 1980s, and he is sure that Australia are not trapped in the same downward spiral. England, he believes, will have to be at their best to retain the Ashes Down Under.
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Watson was targeted during last year’s Ashes tour of England while a similar approach was made to Haddin during this year’s World Twenty20 in the West Indies.
Speaking at a hastily convened press conference in Sydney, both men said they reported the separate incidents to team management but insisted they were never specifically asked to alter the result of a match.
Full story: The Telegraph