Crowd spin. Yesterday, 23,802 fans were in Adelaide Oval, way down on the day-night equivalents. Kevin Roberts, CA’s new chief exec, is on SEN radio now discussing that. He makes the good point that they lost a lot of tourists from interstate with it being a day Test. It was bloody hot, too.
Less convincing is the spin about comparative numbers. The argument put by the CA media officer yesterday, repeated by Roberts, is that the audience in yesterday was only bettered for an Indian opening day at Adelaide four years ago when 25,619 were in.
It took a while for it to register for me that yesterday we saw two of the best pieces of fielding of all time. Granted, Khawaja’s catch is the type that happens more and more as the game’s athleticism develops, but layered with the context of it removing King Kohli on the opening morning of a Test series after the year that has been – what a way to start.
As for Cummins, it has all been said, but the bloke was bent over exhausted a couple of overs earlier and didn’t bowl with the second new ball. It’s hard to imagine having the powers of concentration required to execute such a technically perfect throw in that heat to end the day.