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Pakistan and Australia gear up

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Edgbaston

Edgbaston hosts the opening T20 international of the MCC Spirit of Cricket series between Australia and Pakistan on Monday

ECB chairman Giles Clarke has urged British-based supporters of Australia and Pakistan to get behind their teams for the forthcoming MCC Spirit of Cricket T20 Internationals and Test matches between the two sides.

Nearly 10,000 tickets have been sold for the first T20 International encounter between the two teams at Edgbaston on Monday (5pm start) and supporters are being urged to act fast to snap up any remaining tickets.

With a second T20 International to be staged at Edgbaston on Tuesday (also 5pm start) followed by Test matches at Lord’s (July 13-17) and Headingley Carnegie (July 21-25), the series is expected to attract intense interest from neutrals as well as fans of both teams with England due to take on Pakistan and Australia later this year in Test and one-day series.

Clarke said: “ECB is delighted to be hosting these matches on behalf of the Pakistan Cricket Board and we are grateful to MCC for their support in sponsoring the series.

“With Pakistan unable to stage international matches at home due to the ongoing security situation, this is an excellent opportunity for the Pakistan team to play in front of passionate support from the British-based Pakistani community.

“Australians are also among the most passionate cricket fans in the world and there has been an excellent response from their expatriate community in the UK to this series of matches.

“Both sets of supporters will bring a lively, vibrant atmosphere to the grounds and with outstanding individual talents on display on either side, we expect the cricket to be of the highest pedigree.”

The latest ticket information for the MCC Spirit of Cricket Series between Pakistan and Australia is available via www.ecb.co.uk/tickets.

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