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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 February 2006, 15:53 GMT
England fans expect Ashes tickets
The Ashes
Can England retain the Ashes after last summer's victory?
England cricket fans believe they will be able to get hold of tickets for the Ashes without having to resort to touts after arrangements were announced.

Australians can get their hands on tickets from 1 June, with England fans having to wait another 17 days.

"Let's just hope true cricket fans get tickets and that there aren't random Australians inflating the price," said the Barmy Army's Paul Burnham.

"I would think Cricket Australia would be keen not to develop a black market."

Burnham expects just over a million tickets to be available for the five-Test series, which begins on 23 November.

If you're an Australian and want to support the team in the Ashes, register online now
James Sutherland
Cricket Australia chief exec

Cricket Australia have not yet announced prices, or details of how the tickets would be allocated.

There are still fears the whole lot could be sold before the window opens for England fans, but Burham is confident there will still be some available.

"I hope that after two weeks they don't decide there is no allocation for the visitors," he told BBC Sport.

"With England winning the Ashes, the demand will have hit the roof so demand is far out-stripping supply.

"Whatever happens people are going to be locked out and you can understand the Aussie point of view to try and make sure their own supporters get in."

Cricket Australia is encouraging Australian fans to register their interest on its website - www.cricket.com.au.

Chief executive James Sutherland said: "We will be aiming to ensure as many Australians as possible have access to next summer's matches."

"In establishing this offer, we will be aiming to reward Australian fans who register as members of the Cricket Family, said Sutherland.

"If you're an Australian and want to support the team in the Ashes, register online now."

Last month England captain Michael Vaughan said travelling fans "are very clever" and would have "special ways of getting tickets."


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