Sydney, Jan 12(ANI): Australian cricket's downside trend of declining one-day international crowds continued on Friday during the first ODI with Sri Lanka at the MCG when less 30,000 fans marked their attendance.
In perfect weather and in the middle of holiday season, Cricket Australia (CA) drew just 27,461 to the day-night match, News.com.au reports.
The crowd surpassed some lowly expectations, but still fell well short of the 46,581 the Melbourne Stars-Renegades Big Bash League derby drew on Sunday.
That match aside, the Big Bash has also struggled for attendances in its second season, and CA's selectors did not aid the situation, picking an inexperienced and unheralded side for the first two matches, the paper said.
Captain Michael Clarke and crowd-favourite David Warner were controversially rested as Australia fielded a side littered with debutants against the battered Sri Lankans, but it made little difference on the field, with Australia thumping the tourists to record a 107-run victory. (ANI)