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Cricket fans flock to MCG undeterred

AAP logoAAP 25/12/2016 Helen Velissaris and Kaitlyn Offer

Police officers were out in force during the first day of the Boxing Day Test as more than 60,000 fans flocked to the MCG undeterred by a foiled terror plot.

The extra security followed a series of raids on Friday in Melbourne's northern suburbs, where police charged four men aged in their 20s with planning a Christmas Day attack in the CBD.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said hundreds of additional police officers were on patrol.

"We're making sure there's a strong visibility and the community can have a great deal of confidence that security is in place and working well," he said.

Crowds weren't deterred from attending the match, with 63,478 people packing the MCG.

Most were relatively well behaved, police say, with one man charged with assault and 21 people evicted.

A few were also fined for anti-social behaviour or alcohol-related offences.

Mr Ashton said Victoria Police had increased their presence at all major events during the festive season after Friday's raids, but urged Victorians not to be scared.

"There's nothing that we're seeing that suggests there is any threat and people can turn up here confidently," he said.

Premier Daniel Andrews praised Victorians for getting on with their regular lives.

"It is great to see so many Victorians and Australians out doing all the special things at this time of year, not cowed by the plot that was foiled on Friday," he told reporters on Monday.

Additional uniformed police will be at the cricket ground working with private security for every day of the Australia v Pakistan Test.

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