India in SA
Poor crowd stats don't lie...
Cape Town - Much has been written about the poor crowd attendance at both the Wanderers and Kingsmead for the two-Test India series - and rightly so!GALLERY: Jacques Kallis in pictures
When India insisted on a shortened Test series against the Proteas, Cricket South Africa (CSA) obliged and handed those Tests to the Wanderers in Johannesburg and Kingsmead in Durban.
Newlands in Cape Town - SA's best-supported stadium by some distance - staggeringly missed out.
The poor crowd turnout was at times lost in the confusion of the Proteas electing not to go for what would've been a world record fourth innings successful chase on Day 5 of the first Test and Jacques Kallis' Test retirement following the Durban match.
Crowd stats aren't available for the Wanderers (it wasn't that high), but the 20 000-strong Kingsmead wasn't exactly bulging at the seams with these figures confirmed by the Cricinfo website:Kingsmead:
Day 1: 13 581
Day 2: 4 752
Day 3: 4 736
Day 4: 7 017
Day 5: 7 258 TOTAL: 37 344
Contrast those figures with the numbers that turned out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) for the dead fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England - which only lasted four days...
Day 1: 91 092
Day 2: 78 346
Day 3: 63 864
Day 4: 38 563TOTAL: 271 865
Just a reminder of the venues for the upcoming SA v Australia three-Test series:
February 12-16: SuperSport Park, Centurion
February 20-24: St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
March 1-5, Newlands, Cape Town