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    Most Queenslanders were calling for Hartley to be selected. People tend to know guys on the verge of selection but not the bit players. The big bash has helped raise awareness of domestic players too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    Tbf it's far more important and we'll respected by the public that you'd think. We recognise its importance but don't really watch our follow it.
    Which in all honesty is the same with all domestic FC cricket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    Interesting. What percentage of the public do you think could name 3 Shield Cricketers who have never represented Australia? I dont think most people I know could and a lot of them do like sport.

    I said it before but the fact that our Australian players hardly play in our comps hurt so much.
    I think cricket fans who dont follow shield would still know most of the as they mostly all play in the big bash.


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    There is a lot more interest in cricket in aus than in england imo. Any big bash or australia game in any format is always on in the pubs. In england you have to literally beg the landlord to put it on and even then they usually say no as no one wants to watch it and they will switch it over as people want to watch something else. Even the ashes isnt automatically on unless you request it to be🙁

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Flint View Post
    There is a lot more interest in cricket in aus than in england imo. Any big bash or australia game in any format is always on in the pubs. In england you have to literally beg the landlord to put it on and even then they usually say no as no one wants to watch it and they will switch it over as people want to watch something else. Even the ashes isnt automatically on unless you request it to be��
    **** no

    Big Bash is maybe the exception where Aus shows more interest than England

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    I dunno, ratings are pretty decent for most series during school holidays
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    It's perhaps hard to compare because cricket isn't on free-to-air TV in the UK, but yeah judging on ratings alone it's much more popular in Australia. I think it's more tied to the summer culture here than in the UK too -- even people who don't like or follow cricket tend to know when it's on and vaguely how Australia are doing in the summer Tests. In terms of proper fans who'd consider sitting down and watching an entire session of a Test there's probably not much difference (people here are always quick to tell you how they don't like cricket or that Tests are boring or what have you), but in a broader sense I do think it's more embedded in Australia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178 View Post
    Which in all honesty is the same with all domestic FC cricket.
    Weird, because I follow county cricket and I know a lot of people who also follow country cricket, to the extent that they travel up and down the country following away games.
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    In regards to test cricket, test cricket is about as popular as tiddlywinks in England since the greedy ECB decided to sell out to Sky in 2005. The sport was buried. Joe Root could walk down any high-street and he'd be an unknown. The English are obsessed with the football premier league.

    Has anyone ever requested the cricket to be shown in a pub? It is hilarious. You hear comments by the regular old men drinkers like, ''what is this shite?'', ''I do not understand the rules for this load of bollocks'', and ''bunch of posh boys''.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJediBrah View Post
    **** no

    Big Bash is maybe the exception where Aus shows more interest than England
    No, you're way off the mark here mate.

    I'm wondering if you're being fooled by the large travelling fan base that England enjoys and see an MCG test with 20,000 England supporters and think wow they really must be into their cricket over there. It's very much a niche sport in England that has a very small (but I guess hardcore) following.........the game has way way more general interest in it in Aus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by S.Kennedy View Post
    Has anyone ever requested the cricket to be shown in a pub? It is hilarious. You hear comments by the regular old men drinkers like, ''what is this shite?'', ''I do not understand the rules for this load of bollocks'', and ''bunch of posh boys''.
    I can totally believe that. In contrast I was in an RSL club when David Warner was teeing off against India in that Perth test........when Warner got into the 80's just about everyone in the club stopped what they were doing and came over to the big screen to watch it. The old ****s even left their pokie machines for it.

    Would never have happened in England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adders View Post
    I can totally believe that. In contrast I was in an RSL club when David Warner was teeing off against India in that Perth test........when Warner got into the 80's just about everyone in the club stopped what they were doing and came over to the big screen to watch it. The old ****s even left their pokie machines for it.

    Would never have happened in England.
    Once when I was watching it in a pub I believe one old bloke was mistaking the sport for an entirely different game as I kept hearing things like, ''I divint nah'' (I live in the north east) ''what a birdie or a bogey is''.

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    What's the main reason for cricket in England being more unpopular than in Australia? I suppose it not being on FTA has an effect but even then some of the comments above suggests it's a lot more ingrained than that.
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    Well to be fair, whereas it's just depressing watching Australia play at times, it's always depressing and completely unexciting watching England play.

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