Web sites selling tickets to the Ashes Test cricket series starting later this year have struggled to cope with demand after allocations were released this morning.
The sites of the sport's governing body in Australia, Cricket Australia and third party ticket seller Ticketek, had to redirect cricket fans to pages notifying them of high demand and delays between 9am and 10am.
Cricket Australia said in a statement the level of interest
in the series was "unprecedented".
"We knew Australians would be straining at the leash to
purchase tickets today but even the experts have been surprised
at the demand we're experiencing," said Cricket Australia chief
executive officer James Sutherland.
"Agencies are telling us that this is unprecedented in the
history of major event ticket sales in Australia.
"We understand that, due to the volume of interest, systems
are sometimes slower than expected and this is naturally
frustrating for our customers and fans. However, I would urge all
members of the Australian Cricket Family to continue to be
patient through this process as the day continues."
Normal service to the sites resumed around 10am this morning
and Cricket Australia said tickets were still available for most
England reclaimed the Ashes at home last year,
rekindling interest in the long-running rivalry after a long period of domination by Australia.