Record breaking fans attend Boxing Day Test in Australia
Keeping the spirit of Test Cricket alive and giving a strong message of its versatility, record number of fans attended the Boxing Day test match between Australia and New Zealand. A boxing day test match is a test match that begins on 26 December.
Usually, the boxing day test match can be played between Australia and a visiting team. The match, played in Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), every year, garnishes a huge crowd. The matches are being played in Australia during the Boxing Day every year now. Also, Australia became the bearer of Boxing Day test matches gradually.
During the Day 1 of Australia vs New Zealand, the crowd flocked in large numbers. The attendance on Day 1, over 80,000 spectators can be marked a record for a single day attendance during Australia vs New Zealand. However, the Boxing Day test has witnessed more records when England toured Australia before. In 2013, the attendance can be recorded as a mammoth 91,112!
New Zealand at the Boxing Day
New Zealand played its first ever Boxing day game in Australia since 1987. We saw England playing one of the most games on Boxing Day against Australia. It can be noted that the previous record for a day 1 of a test match between Australia and New Zealand was 51,087.
Boxing Day tests in Australia witnessed over 50,000 audience every year since 1994. In the match between Australia vs New Zealand, the audience on Day 1 recorded as 80,473, became the second highest for a non-Ashes fixture.
The match that began on 26 December, New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl first, which came as a shocker for many fans. Australia scored 467 runs in 155.1 overs. Travis Head scoring 114 runs, Steve Smith scoring 85 runs. The attendance on Day 2 of test match – Over 50,000.
Also, 110,823 people watched cricket in stadium yesterday in Australia, including the spectators in Big Bash League.
Can it be said that the ultimate rivalry between England and Australia is the ultimate crowd puller?