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Waugh Test set for sell out

By Adrian Warren 30/12/2003 06:15:14 PM Comments (0)

With Steve Waugh's final Test appearance becoming a rare SCG series decider, crowds are set to fill the famous venue for the first four days of fourth Test against India starting Friday.

Australia's nine-wicket win in the third Test in Melbourne squared the series at 1-1 and ended the run of recent "dead rubbers" at the SCG.

For the first time since Sydney regularly hosted the final Test of the summer in 1998-99, Australia will fight out a series decider there.

In that period, only in 1998-99 when England entered the last Test 1-2 down, was there even the slightest chance Australia would not win a series of at least three Tests ending at the SCG.

The first three days of this week's SCG Test were already sold out, but the result in Melbourne sparked a new surge of sales for the fourth day next Monday.

"We sold around 500 tickets this morning for day four," Cricket NSW marketing manager David Eland said.

While around 8,500 of the 29,000 day four tickets remained unsold, Eland thought they would all be snapped up on that morning by the walk-up crowd.

He said Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia officials would meet on the third day of the game to decide when tickets for the fifth day would go on sale.

Tickets for the final day of domestic Tests are not normally pre-sold because of the logistical problems caused by matches finishing before that point.

Eland thought that the total attendance for the coming Test could go close to the 180,000 figure for last season's Ashes SCG encounter if this week's game went into the final day and Waugh was scheduled to play his last Test innings then.

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