Ashes Tests 2021: Cricket Australia claims, ‘venues being sold to capacity’ as they aim for bumper crowds for Ashes Tests

Ashes Tests 2021: Cricket Australia claims, 'venues being sold to capacity' as they aim for bumper crowds for Ashes Tests
Ashes Tests 2021: Cricket Australia claims, 'venues being sold to capacity' as they aim for bumper crowds for Ashes Tests

Ashes Tests 2021 – Australia vs England Series: Cricket Australia is planning on big crowds for the Ashes series against England later this year, with venues being sold to full capacity despite ongoing concerns about Covid-19. Chief executive Nick Hockley said tickets would go on sale Monday with all stadiums sold to their limit except the 100,000-seat Melbourne Cricket Ground which will have an initial capacity of 85 percent.

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Ashes Tests 2021 – Australia vs England Series:

“The Ashes rivalry is one of the biggest in world sport, and we hope that conditions will allow as many fans as possible to attend,” Nick Hockley said in a statement late Wednesday.

“In the event that capacities are reduced due to government restrictions associated with the pandemic, we of course guarantee fans full refunds.”

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Ashes Tests 2021 – Australia vs England Series, check ASHES 2021 Full Schedule

The first Men’s Ashes Test will begin at Brisbane’s Gabba from 8-12 December ahead of a day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval from 16-20 December. The traditional Boxing Day and New Year’s Tests will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (26-30 December) and Sydney Cricket Ground (5-9 January) respectively, with the final Test scheduled for Perth’s Optus Stadium (14-18 January).

Hockley’s optimism comes despite Sydney, Brisbane and Perth currently in lockdown after a flare-up of the highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19 which has seen sports events scamble to shift their games out of those cities.

Ashes Tests 2021 – Australia vs England Series: With barely five months until the Ashes starts, it remains highly unlikely that the usual hordes of Barmy Army supporters will be able to travel to Australia, given current bans on international arrivals.

“Hopefully people will be able to make the trip but if they can’t, then I know they’ll be following very closely from England and from around the cricket world,” Hockley said.

Ashes Tests 2021 – Australia vs England Series: Australia are due to host Afghanistan in a one-off Test in Hobart ahead of the Ashes and will play New Zealand and Sri Lanka in limited overs games following their showdown with England.

Ashes 2021 Full Schedule

1st Test: 8-12 December – Gabba, Brisbane

2nd Test: 16-20 December – Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (Day/night)

3rd Test: 26-30 December – MCG, Melbourne

4th Test: 5-9 January – SCG, Sydney

5th Test: 14-18 January – Optus Stadium, Perth