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Ashes: Shane Warne says crowd will not turn up if Hobart hosts finale Test

After the 5th Ashes Test was moved out of Perth, there are speculation where the finale match will be played. Hobart is reportedly leading the battle to host the final Test, beating out Sydney and Melbourne.

Legendary Australia spinner Shane Warne has said that crowd will not turn up if Hobart hosts the Ashes finale.

On Fox Cricket’s programme, Commentary with Mark Waugh and Isa Guha, Warne hit back at Tasmania’s appeal to get the match, as the ground has not historically been able to attract the crowds.

“I’m very happy for the people of Hobart — congratulations if that’s the case — but I wouldn’t have done it that way,” he said. “If it’s 2-all, or 2-1, 1-0, whatever it may be, you want to be fair to the fans all over Australia. And I don’t think you can fit them all in at Hobart.”

“I just would have liked us to cater for everyone, 15,000 with all of Australia and international guests, I just don’t think you’ll get people in there. But well done to Hobart. They always put on a great series down there, a great event but I wouldn’t have done it with only 15,000 people,” he said.

“One of the reasons Hobart lost its Test match was that no one was turning up. Let’s hope the people turn out, let’s hope it’s (the series) still alive and Hobart can squeeze in 15,000 people,” Warne added.

Mark Waugh said, “Well they better turn up, if they don’t, they might not get another Test match.”

“It just makes the decision to play the fifth Test in Hobart very strange,” Warne added.

In the first Test, England made a strong return after Australia took 278-run first innings lead as Dawid Malan (80 not out) and captain Joe Root (86 not out) have added 159 runs so far and still playing in the second innings with eight wickets left. The visitors are still trailing by 58 runs.

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