'Revamped' Big Bash II fails to live up to expectations
The hype surrounding Australia's domestic cricket tournament, the Big Bash League, has not lived up to expectation for the second night in a row.
The opening game of revamped Big Bash II on Friday night failed to look like breaking the Sixers record of 27,590 set last season against Shane Warne's Melbourne Stars.
The 25,000 to 30,000 crowd predicted for the Sydney Derby never materialised, with a disappointing 15,279 watching the star-studded Sixers eclipse the cobbled together Thunder at the SCG, News.com.au reports.
According to the report, the 23,589 who watched the poor cousin Renegades upset Warne's big name Stars may have been a Big Bash record for Etihad Stadium but it too fell well below the 30,000 organisers were talking up.
The crowd may have also felt robbed when the main attraction, the ever-slashing Dave Warner, lasted just two balls in what is likely to be his only Big Bash game this season, the report said.
But the Sixers did win the Big Bash and the Champions League this year without last season's Thunder captain, so it was business as usual for evergreen skipper Brad Haddin, who scored the only half century last night, it added.