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KP tips record BBL crowd for MCG derby

AAP logoAAP 30/12/2016 Jason Phelan

Melbourne Stars fan favourite Kevin Pietersen believes Sunday's BBL derby clash against the Melbourne Renegades can attract a bigger crowd than last year's record mark.

The Stars defeated the Renegades in front of 80,883 fans at the MCG in the corresponding fixture last year and organisers are forecasting similar numbers for the New Year's Day clash.

"In domestic cricket that was second to none - it's unbelievable, it's unheard of," Pietersen said of the atmosphere of the last local derby at the MCG.

"Hopefully we'll get 90,000 people because the weather is going to be set fair, it's New Year's Day and the pre-sales are up almost double compared to last year.

"Cricket Australia, with the Big Bash, they've blown it away and as a player it's amazing."

Organisers are urging fans to buy tickets before Sunday and arrive early for the 6.10pm AEDT start in a bid to avoid the chaotic scenes that saw thousands stuck outside the ground after the game had started.

Pietersen will play his first game of this BBL campaign after missing the Stars' season-opening win over Hobart as he spent Christmas in England with his family.

The 36-year-old scored 323 runs in BBL05 to be named the Stars' player of the tournament and he believes he is well-placed to top that mark.

"I think I am better just because of experience and understanding situations," he said.

"It's a pity, over the last three years I think I could have scored an unbelievable amount of international runs with the experience of being able to play situations.

"But I've score them in different places for different teams all over the world."

The Stars will be playing their second match, while the Renegades will take a 1-1 record into the game after their last-ball loss to the Perth Scorchers.

The fixture is a double header with the top-of-the-table WBBL Melbourne Stars to host cellar dwellers the Melbourne Renegades in the early game.

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