Gillette T20s v India
Crowd of 70,000 tipped for MCG T20
Up to 130,000 fans expected for three-match T20 International series between Australia and India this week
19 November 2018, 03:53 PM AEST
Huge crowd numbers are expected for this week’s Gillette T20 INTL series between Australia and India, with more than 100,000 tickets already sold and around 130,000 fans tipped to come through the gates.
Up to 70,000 spectators are expected for Friday night’s game at the MCG, the second match of the three-game series, which begins in Brisbane on Wednesday night.
A crowd of around 30,000 is tipped at the Gabba for what will be India’s only match in Queensland this summer, while 35,000 fans are projected for Sunday’s third game at the SCG.
The highest-ever crowd for a single T20 international in Australia is the 84,041 who watched India take on the Aussies at the MCG ten years ago. Friday night’s crowd is projected to fall just short of that mark, but a prediction of up to 70,000 fans is a significant uplift from the 58,787 that attended India’s T20I at the MCG two-and-a-half years ago.
The final crowd on Friday night will depend largely on Melbourne Cricket Club members turning up in large numbers for what will be the first international match at the MCG this summer.
The record crowd at the MCG 10 years ago is the only time more than 65,000 fans have attended a T20I in Australia.
The first batch of public tickets for the SCG clash have already sold out, but more tickets will be released to the public later this week. Only a handful of public tickets remain on sale for the matches in Brisbane and Melbourne, with tickets starting from $30 for adults, $10 for children and $65 for families.
The record crowd figure for a single T20I series in Australia is the 138,059 spectators who attended matches in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney when India toured three seasons ago, a mark that could be in danger this week based on current crowd projections.
Wednesday night’s series opener, the first men’s T20I in Brisbane in five-and-a-half years, will see the return of the Pool Deck that has been a feature of Gabba matches for the past two seasons. Fans are encouraged to attend the match in their best pool attire or post a selfie at their pool-ready best using the hashtag #cricketpooldeck for a chance to spend some time at the Pool Deck.
The series between the world’s second and third ranked T20I nations will be welcome preparation for both sides ahead of the ICC World T20 in Australia in two years.
India have won seven of their past eight T20Is against Australia, including a 3-0 series sweep in 2016, and 11 of their past 12 T20Is overall.
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Gillette T20 INTL Series v India
November 21: The Gabba
November 23: MCG
November 25: SCG
Australia T20 squad: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.
India T20 squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed.