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Big Bash crowds up 13%

The Twenty20 Big Bash has proven to be an even bigger hit with fans in its second season.

More than 124,000 spectators attended the qualifying rounds of the tournament – an average of 11,277 per match. Last year, crowds averaged just on 10,000.

Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland is encouraged by the increased response from Australian cricket fans this summer.

“To be averaging in excess of 11,000 per match with the final still to be played is a fantastic result,” said Sutherland.

“The Twenty20 Big Bash has not only attracted big crowds, but also attracted new cricket fans ranging from families to young females who seem to appreciate its format, three-hour duration, and non-stop action.”

“With the final 24 hours away, we’re anticipating a record crowd and some more exciting action courtesy of the Bushrangers and Tigers.”

The Twenty20 Big Bash Final between the Victorian Bushrangers and Cascade Tasmanian Tigers at the MCG starts at 7pm, 13 January (with gates opening at 5pm).

Fans can buy tickets at the gate.

Fox Sports will also telecast the final live from 7:00pm AEDST (5:00pm WA, 6:00pm QLD, 6:30pm SA).

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