Biggest Crowd at a Test Match in Cricket History - Boxing Day MCG

Date of Record: 26/12/2013

Cricket Australia and the Melbourne Cricket Club were thrilled the Boxing Day Test pulled the biggest crowd in cricket history - 91,092.

That was 292 more than the 90,800 who watched Australia battle the West Indies on February 11, 1961, during one of the most popular and successful tours ever.

There were another 3000 or so more than the official figure in the ground: MCC chief executive Stephen Gough confirmed that players, team staff, accredited media, police, entertainers - including children - and ground staff were not included in the total count.

For their ticket money, the huge audience got a slow but eventful day's play.

England - desperate not to be humiliated for the fourth Test in a row - again struggled after being sent in to bat, and reached 6-226.

The MCG is the birthplace of Test cricket; the first match was played there in March 1877, when Australia beat England by 45 runs.