Cricket in Australia has a long and distinguished history that goes all the way back to 1877. It is the nation's second most popular sport after Australian Rules Football, the national game (this fact is often disputed with some sources saying cricket is the more popular).
Australia is one of the strongest cricket nations and it regularly takes part in top-flight international competitions, many times emerging as champions. The Australian cricket team won the won the last three Cricket World Cup tournaments (1999, 2003, 2007) and are currently the most successful team of the ICC Test Championship. Perhaps the most hotly contested competition is The Ashes, a biennial Test Cricket series against the English. Each tournament sees fans book hotels and flights well in advance for the chance to see their teams in action.
With its rich history and total capacity of 100,000, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is Australia's greatest sports stadium. The venue attracts huge crowds every year, both international and domestic, and is easily accessible via public transport. Due to the sheer size of the country, most travelling cricket fans take flights between matches, although there are great and train and bus services available that offer a cheaper alternative. Australia is a popular tourist destination and many cricket fans choose to turn their visit into a short holiday.