Today marks 100 days to go to the first time that Sydney has ever hosted a T20 International match on Australia Day, when Australia take on Sri Lanka on Saturday 26 January.
Stadium Australia, will be the venue for this historic day, as the Harbour City gets the chance to showcase cricket on such an important date in the Australian calendar.
With last year’s KFC T20 International against India being the first time that Stadium Australia had ever hosted an International cricket match, the result of the night was a stunning success, with the crowd of 59 659, breaking the NSW record for the largest crowd ever to watch a single day’s play of International cricket.
The figure beat the previous record of 58,446, set 83 years ago when Australia and England played at the SCG on 15 December 1928.
Cricket New South Wales Chief Executive David Gilbert is urging all cricket fans to make the most of the opportunity to watch cricket on Australia Day: “It is tremendous news for Sydney’s sports fans that we are able to host an International cricket match on Australia Day. The fact that the match is played on a Saturday night as part of a long weekend, should encourage fans to enjoy a BBQ with the family during the day and then bring them to the cricket that night. With Australia and Sri Lanka boasting some of the best T20 players in the world, it will be a great night’s entertainment”.
Sri Lanka will also be the opposition for the Vodafone Sydney Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground starting on Thursday 3rd January, in addition to playing Australia at the same venue in the Commonwealth Bank One Day Series on Sunday 20 January.