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Huge MCG crowd tipped to bid farewell to Tendulkar, other Indian veterans

Melbourne, Wed, 21 Dec 2011 ANI

Melbourne, Dec.21 (ANI): A bumper crowd is expected at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Boxing Day as cricket fans prepare for a likely Australian farewell to star Indian batsmen Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.


According to The Age, Cricket Australia officials are banking on more than 75,000 fans attending the MCG for the opening day of the four-Test series.


MCC visitors passes have sold out for the traditional and iconic post-Christmas sporting event and Cricket Australia is advising fans to book ahead to avoid disappointment.A spokesman Peter Young said they were a little concerned about cricket fans leaving bookings to the last minute.


Young also said cricket officials were expecting stronger-than-normal crowds for the remaining days of the Test with more than 45,000 fans expected for day two at the MCG.


Cricket fans, however, may have to endure a wet start to the match with rain "more than likely" for the opening morning of the match.


Weatherzone's Alex Zadnik said there was a chance of thunderstorms on Boxing Day with a forecast maximum of 25 degrees. (ANI)


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