Melbourne had a record of 51,087 spectators during the Australia-New Zealand Test.
The largest number of viewership in Melbourne was recorded in 2013, when 91,112 viewers were reached.
Dainik BhaskarDec 26, 2019, 03:56 PM IST Sports Desk. The second match of the three-Test series between Australia and New Zealand started in Melbourne on Thursday. The first day of the Test saw 80,473 spectators at the stadium. This is the largest number of spectators during the match between the two countries. Earlier the match between the two countries was a record of 51,087 spectators in Melbourne. New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first. Australia scored 257 for 4 wickets on the first day. Steve Smith 77 and Travis Head are 25 not out. Marnus Labushane scored 63 runs.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground has the second highest number of spectators in any other Boxing Day Test except the Ashes. Earlier in the Australia-West Indies Test in 1975, 85,661 spectators reached the match. However, the largest number of viewers in Melbourne was recorded in 2013. Then on the first day of the Boxing Day Test, 91,112 spectators arrived to watch the match.
New Zealand's team played the Boxing Day Test in Australia after 32 years. The team of New Zealand came to play the Boxing Day Test in Australia after 1987. Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts said, "The presence of such a large number of spectators shows that cricket is highly preferred in both countries. Thanks to the audience of both countries for making Melbourne Cricket Ground historic again. "
Smith left behind Greg Chappell. Smith overtook former Australia captain Greg Chappell for the most runs during the 77-run innings. Chappell had scored 7,110 runs. Smith reached number 10 in terms of scoring the most runs for his country. They are second in the ICC Test rankings. First place is Indian captain Virat Kohli. Former captain Ricky Ponting holds the record for Australia's highest run score. He scored 13,378 runs in 168 Tests. Talking about the overall record, Sachin Tendulkar is at the first place. He scored 15,921 runs in 200 Tests.