Headingley is just the ticket for England

England's Joe Root takes a catch, during a nets session at Headingley, Leeds.
England's Joe Root takes a catch, during a nets session at Headingley, Leeds.
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YORKSHIRE last night pronounced themselves “reasonably pleased” with ticket sales for the Headingley Test.

The club have sold around 35,000 for the visit of Sri Lanka – 6,000 more than they managed for last year’s match against New Zealand.

With good weather forecast for the next few days, Yorkshire hope there will also be a significant number of walk-ups.

A club spokesperson told The Yorkshire Post: “We are reasonably pleased with sales for the match.

“There is still work to be done in terms of increasing attendances for international games, but we’ve sold more tickets than we managed last year and we’ll hopefully sell a few more on top of the current figure.

“Sales for the first two days of the Test, in particular, have been pleasing, with the public having taken advantage of discounted ticket prices this year.

“Sales in the newly-named White Rose Stand (the old West Stand) have been good, and that stand will be sold out on Saturday.”

Yorkshire have sold circa 11,000 tickets for today, 13,000 for tomorrow, 6,000 for Sunday and 5,000 for Monday.

Ideally, they will be further boosted by fifth-day sales.

That will depend, of course, on the progress of the match, with England confident they can go one better than at Lord’s when they were held to a draw.

According to Alastair Cook, the national captain, the Headingley pitch should offer a better contest between bat and ball.

“It looks a good wicket,” he said.

“There’s a good grass covering on it as well.

“Speaking to the Yorkshire lads who play here, when there’s a little bit more grass left on it, when the wicket’s prepared well, it keeps its pace and carry.

“Hopefully, that will be the case and it’s a bit quicker than Lord’s.”

That would be music to the ears of Yorkshire’s Liam Plunkett, who hopes to exploit a faster pitch with his 90mph-plus pace.

“I thought Liam was excellent at Lord’s,” said Cook.

“He bowled with some serious pace and fitted into the environment very well after seven years out of Test cricket.”