Australia excited to play in front of “sellout” crowd in Brisbane

Fans will not be allowed to interact with players through the series. © Getty Images

Earlier this week Cricket Australia announced that crowds would be able to attend the limited over series between Australia and New Zealand to be held at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane beginning on September 26.

Following consultation with Queensland Health and keeping in mind government COVID-safe requirements, a limited number of tickets were made available to the public. Within a matter of days those tickets have been sold out with fans eager to see their team in action after a record-breaking T20 World Cup final earlier this year.

“It’s exciting,” Australia allrounder Delissa Kimmince told cricket.com.au. “I’ve had a number of people messaging me to say it’s sold out and they can’t get any more tickets.”

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“We’re very lucky our team, no matter where we go or where we play we’re very well supported. Knowing the times we’re in, things are quite tough, so to know people will jump (at the chance) to come and watch us (is exciting). Hopefully we put a bit of joy back in their lives and hopefully put smiles on their faces is a special feeling.”

“We’re super glad we can go out and be able to play in front of them.”

Cricket Australia released various guidelines encouraging people to wear masks to the venue, maintain a safe distance between individuals and keep cheering and shouting to a minimum. Additionally, they have made clear the fans will not be allowed to interact with the players.

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For an Australian team that was recently voted most loved team in the country, and for whom engaging with the fans after games has become a bit of a ritual, Kimmince admitted this was disappointing news. However, the allrounder added that the team would continue to try their best to keep people’s interest in the game by putting in good performances on the field.

“That part will be disappointing, not being able to mingle with the fans – sometimes that’s all it takes to keep one kid interested in playing cricket. Although we can’t do that … hopefully through the way we play our cricket and the smiles on our faces, hopefully that encourages people to continue to play cricket,” she said.

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