- Melbourne had a record of 51,087 spectators during the test between Australia and New Zealand
- The largest number of viewers in Melbourne was recorded in 2013, when 91,112 viewers arrived
The second Test of the three-Test series between Australia and New Zealand begins on Thursday in Melbourne. On the first day of the test, 80,473 spectators arrived at the stadium. This is the largest number of viewers during the match between the two countries. Earlier, the match between the two countries had a record of 51,087 spectators in Melbourne. New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first. Australia scored 257 for 4 on the first day. Steve Smith 77 and Travis Head 25 not out. Marnus Labushane scored 63 runs.
It is the second largest crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in any other Boxing Day Test except the Ashes. Earlier, in 1975, 85,661 spectators had arrived to watch matches in the Australia-West Indies Test. However, the largest number of viewers in Melbourne was recorded in 2013. Then on the first day of Boxing Day Test, 91,112 spectators arrived to watch the match.
The New Zealand team played the Boxing Day Test in Australia after 32 years
The New Zealand team wins the Boxing Day Test in Australia after 1987. Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts said, “The presence of such a large audience shows that cricket is very much liked in both countries. Thanks to the audience of both countries for making the Melbourne Cricket Ground historic again. “
Smith overtakes Greg Chappell
Smith surpassed former Australia captain Greg Chappell in terms of scoring the highest runs in 77 innings. Chappell scored 7,110 runs. Smith ranks 10th in terms of scoring the most runs for his country. He is second in the ICC Test Rankings. In first place is Indian captain Virat Kohli. Former captain Ricky Ponting holds the record for most runs in Australia. He scored 13,378 runs in 168 Tests. Talking about the overall record, Sachin Tendulkar is in first place He scored 15,921 runs in 200 Tests.