|Quoting f4phantom (Reply 104):|
such a shame all those passionate australian supporters soon leave the ground as soon as it becomes apparent England are destroying and humiliating the homey boys. The ground will be empty for the second days play, only loyal England fans will be evident.
f4phantom, just in fairness to Aussie cricket fans, I'd better say that I think you may have been watching the game when it was late in the day here in Australia. The MCG, being surrounded by parks, has very little car parking and most people come by suburban train to a single
station - called Richmond - which is a 10-minute walk away. If you wait until 'close of play' to leave, you'll find yourself needing the best part of a solid hour to get into the station and on to a train.
Another point maybe worth making is that about 25% of the upper-level (fourth-level) space at the MCG is occupied by 'Member's seats' which are rarely full, and by an area leased to 'corporates' which is also pretty thinly-populated most of the time. Maybe the camera on the programme lingered on those thinly-populated areas?
For the record, I can and perhaps should record that over 85,000 people attended on the first day. As to the second day, I was there myself, and can confirm that all levels other than the 'private' areas were bungful until 40 minutes before close of play (which is when I left myself). Even though it was a VERY cold and windy day by Australian standards, only about 16C most of the time.
In terms of sportsmanship, I can also record that when Trott achieved his century, he didn't just get huge applause from ALL
the public areas, a very high proportion of the crowd - not just the Barmy Army - applauded him not just by clapping, but by standing up and giving him a 'standing ovation.' There was a lot of cheering too.......
It's a great pity that the TV
cameramen - not just in Australia, but everywhere - don't turn the cameras on to the crowd much on occasions like that. Personally I found it a moving moment. Of COURSE a lot of Aussie fans are heartbroken at the mess their players are making of this series; but they ALSO know enough about the game to realise that Trott's ton (already, now, a 'big ton') was the true 'turning-point.'
And they duly and graciously acknowledged it.
[Edited 2010-12-27 04:15:13]
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