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Aussies calm Ashes tickets fears
Melbourne Cricket Ground
There'll be more English fans than there were the last time the Ashes were played here
Peter Young
England fans who want to attend next winter's Ashes series should have no difficulty obtaining tickets, according to a senior Cricket Australia official.

Director of communications Peter Young told the BBC's Test Match Special: "We are keen to see as many Poms down under as possible.

"It would appear we'll have an awful lot of visitors from the UK and they'll be able to find seats."

England supporters will be able to buy tickets from 19 June onwards.

"The state cricket associations here in Australia are responsible for the ticketing, and the allocation of those tickets.

"It would appear between 6.5% and about 12.5% of capacity at the different venues is being assigned for English cricket fans," said Young.

Members of the Barmy Army, who follow England around the world, have voiced concerns about ticket numbers available to them being limited to ensure pro-Australia crowds for the five Tests.

"Notionally there are something like 1.2m seats available to watch Ashes cricket - that's a lot of tickets.

"But we're saying, 'Get in early' to Australian fans and we'd say the same to UK fans because the demand is unprecedented.

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"We've never seen anything like this in the history of Australian cricket," said Young.

Two months ago, Cricket Australia issued a warning to their own staff after Ashes tickets allocated to an employee appeared on auction website Ebay.

And Young insisted they would be doing everything in their power to prevent tickets falling into the hands of touts.

"We are very keen that there are mechanisms in place to ensure the tickets go to genuine, bona fide cricket fans.

"We're taking steps to try to discourage the touts from re-selling and taking advantage of the amazing popularity this series has accompanying it."

Young said he fully understood the concerns of English fans.

"It's always an issue when you have an event of significant public appeal, people become concerned," he added.

"And I guess also the fact that we've not been able to say until recently how the process will work creates a little bit of anxiety as well."




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