'ODIs against England after T20 WC seemed bit insignificant' - Steve Waugh feels public is overdosed on cricket currently
Despite being the host, the average attendance for Australia's five Super 12 group-stage fixtures at T20 World Cup 2022 was only 37,565.
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The former Australian captain Steve Waugh feels that the fans are overdosed on cricket due to a hectic schedule. Australia and England engaged in three-match ODI series just four days after the conclusion of the 2022 T20 World Cup. Despite playing as hosts and defending champions, Australian team failed to attract significant crowd in the mega tournament with an average attendance of 37,565 from their five Super 12 group-stage matches.
Waugh has now pointed out that there was no big crowd for the three ODIs against England and also stated that the series was insignificant. Australia's busy schedule continues as they next play a two-match Test series against West Indies at home starting on November 30. Waugh highlighted that the fans are struggling to keep up with a lot of cricket that is happening right now.
“There’s a lot of cricket it’s hard to follow, as a spectator its very hard to keep up with it. The three one-dayers against England seemed a bit insignificant really, I mean what were they playing for? There wasn’t a big crowd, I think the public has almost overdosed on cricket,” Waugh said on SEN’s Saturday Morning Mowers Club show.
It’s hard to follow the Australian side because every time they field a different team: Steve Waugh
Waugh also added that as fans and spectators, it is hard to make a connection with a team as the current Australian side is playing with different teams every time and advised that they (the Australian team) need to have consistency with the squad.
“You want the special series to be iconic like the Ashes or against England, it’s hard to follow the Australian side because every time they play they have a different team on the field. For the fans and spectators, it is hard to make a connection because you’re not sure who is playing, I don’t know whether it’s anyone’s fault but you need that consistency in the Australian side. You want to know who’s in the squad every game, you want to be following it closely and it’s really hard to do that right now,” Steve Waugh added.