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Gabba’s crowd in enjoying the first Test between Australia and Pakistan along with pool bath in the stadium Getty Images

Pakistan and Australia are playing the series opener of the three-Test series at The Gabba, Brisbane. While this is the fourth day-night Test, it is the first to feature Pakistan and Australia. With all the action happening on the cricket ground, Cricket Australia’s (CA) officials have come up with an amazing plan to churn out good amount of crowd in the stadium. The opening day of the first Test saw Australia’s skipper, Steven Smith, hog all the limelight but it was the spectators who were enjoying their time out with a pool deck arranged in the stadium.

Spectators turned up in large numbers to witness a greulling day of cricket between hosts and the subcontinental side and were seen enjoying their time chilling in the pool. Among all the hullabaloo, Olympics gold medalist, Stephanie Rice, also graced the presence and was seen cooling off at the pool. She is a popular figure in Australia after she won three gold medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejing and was awarded the Medal of the Order for Australia on January 26, 2009. She is also named the Pool Deck ambassador, especially arranged for the spectators.

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“Basically we will run two sessions at the pool each day. People just wear the best beach attire or swimwear and they will just be chosen at random from among the crowd to come onto the pool deck. We will have spotters going around and those with their pool gear, or a Hawaiian shirt or something similar, board shorts, that sort of thing. They have the chance of getting onto the pool deck and into the pool”, stated CA’s spokesperson.

He also added, “It’s a first for cricket, it’s a first to have a pool deck at the cricket. It’s a real fan-engagement type of idea, to give them something else to come along and enjoy the cricket with.”

CA also have lifeguards and other people at the pool watching for skylarking. With such initiatives being taken, looks like the longest format is definitely here to stay.