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Cricket fans have reaffirmed their love of Test match cricket, with a massive buy up of tickets for this summer’s Commonwealth Bank Series Test match and Carlton Mid-Strength ODI this morning.

It is only the second time ever that there is a back-to-back Ashes Series, and there is much on the line when the teams face off again in Australia later this year.

The second Test match will be held at Adelaide Oval from December 5-9, followed by the ODI on the traditional Australia Day long weekend, January 26, 2014.

SACA chief executive Keith Bradshaw said the strong response from cricket fans was a sign that international cricket is still a major attraction to sports fans across the world.

“At the moment, the Ashes series score between Australia and England is 31 – 30 in our favour, with just five draws. It is amazing to think that, since 1882 and after 66 battles, one of the fiercest rivalries in world sport is that close,” he said.

While most allocations for days 1-3 are now exhausted, tickets are still available for day 4 and the ODI. SACA and Cricket Australia are hoping to release an additional allocation of tickets later in the year, when building works at Adelaide Oval are further progressed, enabling seating and sight lines to be re-assessed.