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Embarrassment for Cricket Australia as side plays ODI against England at virtually deserted MCG 

More seagulls than fans! Embarrassment for Cricket Australia as Aussies play one-dayer against England at a virtually deserted MCG

There were more seagulls flocking to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) than people on Tuesday for Australia’s ODI match against England.

Just one week after more than 80,000 people packed into the MCG for the T20 World Cup final – a game that didn’t even involve Australia – interest (or lack thereof) in the men’s national side has reared its ugly head yet again.

It’s not just the low reputation of the men’s side that is turning away cricket fans, who feel like they can’t engage with the arrogant and outspoken side under Pat Cummins.

There was further embarrassment for Australian cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

There was further embarrassment for Australian cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

Only 4,524 people turned out for Australia's One Day International against England

Only 4,524 people turned out for Australia’s One Day International against England

The international cricket calendar is as crowded as ever, and this inconsequential series that started just four days after the World Cup final, is so boring even England players are wishing it wasn’t scheduled. 

Prominent cricket pundit Andrew Wu, who was at the MCG, posted a photo of an empty-looking ground which he estimated had only 1000 people in it. 

Incredibly, the official attendance was listed as 4,524 – a highly questionable figure; as was the 15,420 fans who went to game one of the series at Adelaide Oval when the stadium also appeared almost empty. 

The three-match series has been widely regarded as pointless after the T20 World Cup

The three-match series has been widely regarded as pointless after the T20 World Cup

Cricket fans took to Twitter to slam the sorry state of affairs in Australian cricket

Cricket fans took to Twitter to slam the sorry state of affairs in Australian cricket

And cricket fans have taken to Twitter to lament the state of Australian cricket, with the pointless ODI series following on from a torrid T20 World Cup campaign.

‘This season I have absolutely zero interest in men’s cricket,’ one fan posted. ‘Didn’t watch a single ball of the WC [World Cup], won’t watch a single ball of this ODI series.’

‘Are Cricket Australia trying to kill ODI cricket?’ another suggested. ‘It’s embarrassing the scheduling of these games and most cricket in general. I could do a better job and for free.’ 

A third fan mocked Melbourne’s status as the ‘sporting capital of the world’ while another shared a meme of controversial zookeeper Joe Exotic with the quote: ‘I am never going to financially recover from this’, referring to the MCG’s hospitality department.  

Australia lead 2-0 but England have fielded weakened teams after winning the World Cup

Australia lead 2-0 but England have fielded weakened teams after winning the World Cup


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