Australia Anticipate World Record Crowd

Melbourne Cricket Ground
Cricket Australia believe the world record that has stood since 1961 could fall this year
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Cricket Australia believe that the Boxing Day Ashes Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is on target to attract a world record crowd.

All available tickets for day one of the Australia v England contest have been sold out which could see the 1961 record of 90,800 people watching Australia take on the West Indies at the MCG fall.

Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager Operations, Mike McKenna says that he is encouraged by early ticket sales.

"It has been fantastic to see the strong demand for tickets to the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Boxing Day Test, with fans eager to catch the cricket action and soak up the great match atmosphere," he said.

"The demand for Day 1 tickets in particular has been impressive and there is a great chance that we will see the world record, for crowd attendance at a single day of cricket, broken on the day."

"As well as the Commonwealth Bank Ashes Boxing Day Test, Melbourne fans can also get tickets to see Australia take on England in the Carlton Mid One Day International Series and KFC T20 INTL Series matches."

© Cricket World 2013

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