The day-night Adelaide test saw close to 200,000 spectators while 88,172 people squeezed into the MCG on Boxing Day. Nevertheless, Moeen is worried. "I feared in the Ashes actually.... The crowds were quite disappointing," Moeen said on his return to the England squad for a one-day series against New Zealand after being rested for the Twenty20 tri-series. "There were a couple of big days, but even when they (Australia) won the Ashes there weren't that many celebrating. That's when I thought, 'Actually, we're struggling a bit'.
"It’s been a worry for a while but Australia really opened my eyes. I found it disappointing."Moeen Ali was not impressed with Australia's Ashes crowds https://t.co/sbqkH0noGo pic.twitter.com/zo27INamIg — FOX SPORTS Cricket (@FOXCricketLive) February 22, 2018
"It is a worry. Test cricket is the pinnacle. It is in my opinion where the best players play. You can really see who is the best. It's been a worry for a while, but Australia really opened my eyes." Test cricket has been trying to lure in punters in a number of ways, including the introduction of day-night tests, four-day matches and a new championship. "When the idea of four-day tests came up I was against it because it's always been five days. But maybe it has to change. I don't really like the pink-ball tests, but maybe if it works and brings crowds in it has to be done."
Moeen Ali thought the Ashes crowds were "disappointing"... though the official figures disagree https://t.co/tVwE9HCfM6— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 23, 2018