Having a debate with a friend right now and looking to see what you guys think.
If (and before Burgey attacks me with a crowbar, this is purely a hypothetical) Australia get absolutely hammered in the Ashes in England (say 4-0 or 5-0), will crowds in Australia for the series be affected at all? Or is the Ashes brand and contest strong enough that it won't have an impact?
There is a lot of doom about the future of cricket against other sports in Australia right now. Not just results of the national team, but also just the general interest of people. TV ratings, crowd attendances and money in the game are all being claimed to be down.
Curious to see what you guys think. Do you think if Australia cop a hiding in England that some Australian grounds (Gabba hasn't been great for tests lately) may have a reduced attendance for these Ashes tests than they'd usually have?