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80,473 attend Day 1 of the Domain Boxing Day Test 2019 between Australia and New Zealand

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Photo: Cricket Australia, Twitter.

By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, 26 December: With the Sun shining over the MCG 80,473 supporters today attended Day 1 of the Domain Boxing Day Test between Australia and New Zealand – the largest ever crowd for a day of Test cricket between the two nations.

“Today’s attendance at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was the second-largest Day 1 crowd at a Boxing Day Test for a non-Ashes fixture – behind only the 85,661 who turned out to watch Australia play the West Indies in 1975-76. Overall, it’s the sixth highest Day 1 Boxing Day Test crowd at the MCG including Ashes Tests, says a Cricket Australia media release.

Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said the huge crowd at the MCG spoke to the popularity and vibrancy of Test cricket in both Australia and New Zealand.

“Thanks so much to the Australian and New Zealand fans who made history at the MCG today,” Roberts said.

“The atmosphere was brilliant from ball one and reflective of the great rivalry between our two nations on the field, and the close relationship we have off it.

“We can’t wait to be back at the MCG on March 8 next year, as we seek to eclipse today’s crowd at the Final of the ICC T20 World Cup Australia 2020 on International Women’s Day.”

The previous Day 1 record for an Australia-New Zealand Test at the MCG was 51,087 in 1987/88.

Australian ODI squad for the Qantas Tour of India; Peter Siddle joins Test squad

By SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, December 17, 2019: The National Selection Panel (NSP) of Cricket Australia has named the following 14-player Australian squad for the Qantas Tour of India from January 14-19.

Australia:

Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Sean Abbott (New South Wales)
Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Peter Handscomb (Victoria)
Josh Hazlewood (New South Wales)
Marnus Labuschagne (Queensland)
Kane Richardson (South Australia)
Steven Smith (New South Wales)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Ashton Turner (Western Australia)
David Warner (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (South Australia)

National Selector Trevor Hohns said: “Similar to the Test team, we are wanting the white ball squad to continue the form of the unbeaten T20 Series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“The performance of our white ball squads has been strong, and we are hoping to build the momentum towards the T20 World Cup at home at the end of the year and ultimately build towards the 2023 ICC World Cup in India.

“The performance of the top order at home through the T20 Series was very strong so we look for that to continue in the Indian ODI series. We also believe Marnus Labuschagne is ready for his international white ball debut after his strong form for Queensland in this form of the game.

“Ashton Turner has proven himself in India with his ability to adapt to local conditions as did Peter Handscomb who joined the squad at the most recent World Cup. Peter also doubles as a backup keeper if required while Ashton Agar adds to the squad with his all-round abilities.

“In terms of the bowling group we are sticking with combination that are performing well. Sean Abbott and Kane Richardson are in the squad following the successful T20 campaign.

“Adam Zampa and his growing combination with Agar is also something the selectors want to see more of while Nathan Lyon remains in the one-day squad selection frame.

“It is great to see Glenn Maxwell returning to the game in the Big Bash League. We will closely monitor his form after what would have been disappointing 12 months in the one-day game by his standards.”

Australia’s Senior Assistant Coach Andrew McDonald will lead the group to India. Head Coach Justin Langer will remain in Australia having spent the majority of the last 18 months away from home.

“As one of the leadership group, it’s important to show that not only are we focussed on getting the balance right for the players but equally the coaches and staff, head coach included,” Langer said.

“Macca is an exceptional coach in all forms of the game and has been fantastic since coming on board. He will do a great job with this squad. We are in very, very good hands.”

Qantas Tour of India:

January 14: First ODI Australia v India, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
January 17: Second ODI Australia v India, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
January 19: Third ODI Australia v India, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

It was also announced today Victorian paceman Peter Siddle will be brought into the 13-man squad for the injured Josh Hazlewood for the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand at the MCG.
“Peter has been brought in as a 13th player for Melbourne. He is a proven Test match performer with an exceptional knowledge of the MCG which will be a valuable part of our preparation,” Hons said.

Dreams come true: Truganina Cricket Club at the MCG for T-20 match

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Photo: Jamal

MELBOURNE, 2 October: Cricket Victoria made the dream come true for the Truganina Cricket Club when its members were offered a special invitation to watch the T20 match between Australia and Sri Lanka from the MCG sitting on the Woolworth Bean Bags.

“Awesome experience of watching the match from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and close to the action. Stepping on the MCG turf is a privilege and being interviewed on the giant screen was the icing on the cake, ” says Jamal Mohammed, TCC coach.

TCC was represented at the match by President Hassan Ahmed and Coaches Qadeer Mohammed, Abdullah Mohammed and Jamal Mohammed, says a Facebook post by the TCC.

More than a million likely to attend 2 World Cups in 2020; Ticket prices for ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2020 announced

T20-pix2finalBy SAT Sports Desk

MELBOURNE, 23 July: More than one million fans are expected to attend the global showpiece event for cricket’s fastest-growing format, to be played in Australia for the first time. In another first, ICC T20 World Cup 2020 will be played as two standalone events in the same country, in the same year.

The event is fast approaching, with ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 less than seven months away. The 10 best teams will compete from 21 February – 8 March 2020. Later in the year, 16 teams will contest the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 from 18 October – 15 November 2020.

Both the women’s and men’s finals will be played at the biggest cricket stadium in the world, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). This presents an opportunity to set a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting fixture on Sunday 8 March 2020, International Women’s Day.

Tickets are now on sale for the women’s event and go on general sale for the men’s event on 18 October 2019. All fans who buy tickets to the women’s event will automatically qualify for a presale opportunity for the men’s event, as will fans who register for men’s event tickets at t20worldcup.com.

The Australian women’s team are the defending champions, and have won the event four out of the six times it has been contested, the last time being in the West Indies in 2018. The hosts will start ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 with a blockbuster clash with India at Sydney Showground Stadium on Friday 21 February.

In contrast, the Australian men’s team have never won the ICC T20 World Cup. They will play the opening match of the Super 12 stage of the men’s tournament on Saturday 24 October under lights at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), against the world’s top-ranked team, Pakistan. Later that evening, India will take on South Africa at the state-of-the-art Perth Stadium, rounding out a spectacular opening night for the men’s Super 12 stage.

The seventh edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will feature semi-finals at Adelaide Oval and the SCG, followed by the final at the MCG on Sunday 15 November. Brisbane (Gabba), Geelong (Kardinia Park) and Hobart (Bellerive Oval) will also host men’s matches as part of a suite of seven world-class venues for the men’s event.

ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Local Organising Committee CEO, Nick Hockley, said: “Passionate fans from around the world were a highlight of the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and it is such an exciting prospect that both the women’s and men’s T20 World Cups are coming to Australia next year.

“2020 is a year when fans across Australia and around the world can be part of not just one, but two World Cups, and now fans have the opportunity to plan their full year. We encourage everyone to get in early.

“We have made sure that tickets to all matches are accessibly priced, so that families, friends, and communities can come together to support their teams and celebrate these major world events.

“Fans can buy any combination of tickets and with hospitality and travel packages also launched today, fans across the world have the options and flexibility to build their own T20 World Cup experience.

“With its world-class venues, wonderful host cities, its passionate, knowledgeable and diverse fans, having two T20 World Cups in 2020 is an opportunity for Australia to give the warmest of welcomes to fans from around the world and inspire the next generation.”

The remaining places for both the women’s and men’s tournaments will be decided at the following upcoming qualifying events:

- ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier: 31 August – 7 September 2019, Scotland
- ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier: 11 October – 3 November 2019, UAE

A media release from the ICC says adult tickets will be from $ 20, two-thirds of total tickets $50 or less and 5 million tickets will be available across both the events. Women’s event tickets are on sale now at t20worldcup.com and Men’s event tickets will be on general sale from 18 October 2019.

T20 World Cup 2020 sets its sights on a record-breaking final

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 8 March: Victoria is aiming to set the world record for the biggest ever crowd at a women’s sporting match when the MCG hosts the Women’s Final of the ICC T20 World Cup one year from today.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula was joined by the stars of Australian women’s cricket at the MCG today to mark one year until the women’s final. For the first time in its history, the ICC World T20 will feature two stand-alone events. The women’s competition will be held in February and March before the men play in October and November.

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A sell-out crowd for the Women’s Final on International Women’s Day would make history – breaking the world record attendance for any women’s sport fixture.

Melbourne is Australia’s sporting capital and with the eyes of the world focusing their attention on the MCG for the Women’s Final, our state is set to embrace women’s sport like no other location has before.
Group games for the women’s tournament will be played at Junction Oval in St Kilda thanks to a $40 million investment from the Labor Government, Cricket Australia and Cricket Victoria towards the redevelopment of the iconic ground.

The State Government’s $25 million contributions have given our top male and female cricketers the ground and facilities they deserve.

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The Victorian Cricket and Community Centre feature the new headquarters for Cricket Victoria, female-friendly facilities for our elite women’s cricket team VicSpirit, and state-of-the-art medical and rehabilitation areas.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground, Junction Oval, and Kardinia will be hosting more matches than any other state during the tournament, confirming Victoria’s status as the sporting capital.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said, “Victoria is one of the world’s great sporting cities and the MCG is one of the world’s greatest venues – there’s nowhere better to set the record for the biggest ever crowd for a women’s sporting match.”

“It’s an ambitious task, but imagine the atmosphere of a sold-out MCG cheering on superstars like Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup on International Women’s Day in 2020,” the Minister said.