Melbourne, Dec 26: A world record crowd of 90,831 witnessed the first day's play of the fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Thursday, Cricket Australia (CA) announced.
Today's attendance as the MCG beat the previous record of 90,800 on the second day of the fifth Test between Australia and West Indies at the same venue in 1961.
The final number of spectators for Thursday's play was put at 91,092.
Australia have already clinched the series with an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and invited England to bat first. The MCG's maximum capacity is 100,000.
"Throughout the years, the Boxing Day Test has developed a privileged place in the Australian conscience; it's become a landmark event," Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland was quotes as saying in the media.
"We thank and congratulate the cricket loving public of Melbourne and the Melbourne Cricket Club for creating something special," he added.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) tweeted the picture of the MCG's giant screen showing the record numbers.