Spin­ner pulls them in

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

CHANNELNine’s Box­ing Day cricket cov­er­age has proved a rat­ings hit — at­tract­ing the big­gest Aus­tralian television au­di­ence in test match his­tory.

Tues­day’s tele­cast of the first day of the fourth Test av­er­aged al­most 1.7 mil­lion view­ers across the coun­try and peaked at 2.27 mil­lion view­ers.

The Box­ing Day au­di­ence was the high­est ever sin­gle day Aus­tralian au­di­ence for any Test match, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 1.4 mil­lion set on day three of the third Test in Perth on De­cem­ber 16.

The high­light of Tues­day’s play was spin king Shane Warne tak­ing his 700th test wicket.

A crowd of 89,155 peo­ple packed the MCG for the day’s play, just short of the record for a sin­gle day of a test match.

Shane Warne

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