Lo­cal test for Ashes stars

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

AS the eyes of the cricket world turn to Perth for the third Ashes Test, South Perth will play host to Eng­land in a warm-up match.

When the Cricket Aus­tralia XI take on the tourists at Richard­son Park on December 9 and 10, there will be added spice with the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing Jonny Bairstow’s head­butt on Cameron Ban­croft and Ben Stokes’ al­leged in­volve­ment in a street brawl in Bris­tol.

Aus­tralia won the first Ashes Test by 10 wick­ets, with the rev­e­la­tions of Bairstow’s head­butt on West­ern War­rior Ban­croft at a Perth bar prov­ing an un­needed dis­trac­tion for the English side.

In his Test de­but, Ban­croft reached 82 not out dur­ing a 173run part­ner­ship with fel­low opener David Warner in Aus­tralia’s sec­ond in­nings as the home side cruised to vic­tory.

The Richard­son Re­serve up­per oval will be fenced off from December 6 to 11 with the play­ground and lower oval still ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic at all times.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said the fee for hir­ing the park was be­ing fi­nalised but any di­rect costs to the coun­cil would be ac­counted for by the event or­gan­iser.

“It is ex­pected that many of the pa­trons will catch the ferry across from El­iz­a­beth Quay and walk to the event from the Mends Street jetty with lo­cal businesses along this route, par­tic­u­larly re­tail and food out­lets on Mends Street, ben­e­fit­ing from an in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple trav­el­ling to and from the event,” she said.

Up to 2000 peo­ple are ex­pected each day at Richard­son Park, with play to take place from 9.30am to 6pm.

Tick­ets are $10 for adults and $5 for chil­dren; visit www.uni­verse.com.

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