London: The Ashes series between England and Australia in 2013 is all set for a record-shattering sell out after fans grabbed tickets for one of cricket’s biggest rivalries within hours of them going on sale.
Nottinghamshire, who will stage the first Test at Trent Bridge from 10 July, put their 23,500 remaining tickets on general sale on Monday morning, and they were snapped up within six hours in the busiest and most lucrative day in the club`s history, ensuring a capacity 22,000 crowd for each of the first four days.
According to the Guardian, Lancashire had experienced a similar rush when they put tickets on general sale for the third Test of the series last week, with all 25,000 tickets for the redeveloped Old Trafford sold for the second and third days, and only limited availability remaining for the first.
Durham have also reported rapid sell-outs of all the tickets that have so far been released for the first Ashes Test in the north-east, and Surrey are already guaranteed to sell out The Oval for the last Test of the series later in August, with 26,500 people having signed up for the public ballot of the tickets that remain after they go on sale, initially to members only, on 1 December, it added.
That will provide a timely boost to the finances of all four counties, and to English cricket as a whole, it said.
The paper added that the Marylebon Cricket Club (MCC) is also braced for a rush when their ticket application brochure is distributed to members at the end of the month for the ballot of tickets for all major matches at Lord`s including the second Test against Australia, which starts on 18 July.