Fans stay away from Australia's ODI at MCG

Australia blasted a record total at the MCG but just 10,406 fans were there to witness it in the lowest ODI crowd at the famous venue.

With Australia taking an unassailable 2-0 series lead into Tuesday's match, spectators stayed away from the largest stadium in the country for the third and final ODI against England.

The previous lowest attendance for an ODI at the MCG involving Australia came in 1979 during the World Series era when 12,077 turned up to watch the hosts against England.

Openers David Warner and Travis Head walked out to bat in front of a crowd estimated to be less than 1000.

More fans came into the stadium during the course of Australia's innings as Warner and Head put on a 269-run partnership, powering Australia to 5-355.

The top level of the MCG was closed for the entire match in a sign of the predicted low crowd.

Head said it was hard to miss all the empty seats in the 100,000-seat capacity stadium during his career-best knock of 152.

"I noticed it but when the ball is coming in at you, you don't really notice if there's 10,000 or 100,000 really," Head told reporters.

"I guess we weren't surprised, with where the series was at ...Tuesday afternoon and weather hasn't been great so pretty tough conditions to come out and watch cricket."

Only three ODIs have previously been held at the MCG in November, with an average attendance for those matches just 17,993.

When ODIs at the MCG are played in December, January and February, the average crowd number rises above 40,000.

It is a dramatic drop-off from the recent Twenty20 World Cup, with 80,462 people turning out to watch England win the final against Pakistan at the MCG just nine days ago.

India and Pakistan took centre stage at the MCG in the group stage of the T20 World Cup with a bumper crowd of 90,293 in attendance.

"No doubt it would have been tough for England coming off the highs that they have and try to play in this series with not many people showing up," Head said.