The Gabba is heading for a sold-out opening day of the First Ashes Test this summer with pre-sales and today�s opening public sales delivering bumper ticketing numbers for Brisbane.

By late today, less than 700 available tickets were left for the first day of the opening Test of the series against England from 23 � 27 November.

Tickets to the Brisbane Test had been the most-purchased in the initial pre-sale to the Australian Cricket Family and the trend towards strong sales continued today when they went on sale to the general public through Ticketmaster.

Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters said indications were that the strong sales would not be restricted just to the opening day.

�It can be pretty difficult to sell out an entire Test match but sales have been very encouraging so far for the available tickets,�� he said.

�We�re confident that enthusiasm will be reflected in a first day sell-out, but also sell-outs for days 2 and 3 and hopefully day 4 as well now that the general sales period is underway,�� he said.

Walters endorsed the advice from Cricket Australia that the only way for fans to ensure they received legitimate tickets at the official sale price was to purchase via Cricket Australia�s authorised ticketing agencies which is Ticketmaster for the Gabba.

Fans who purchase tickets from unauthorised resellers risk paying too much and having tickets to matches cancelled.

The entry-level price is the same as the 2016-17 season, with adult tickets starting at $30, children’s tickets at $10 and family tickets at $65.

The Gabba is coming off a record non-Ashes Test attendance of 78,095 last season from the inaugural day/night Test for the game against Pakistan.

Brisbane will host the opening matches of both the men�s and women�s Ashes series with Allan Border Field hosting the first game of the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series on 22 October.

Ticketing and broadcast details are yet to be announced.

Further information at www.cricket.com.au/tickets.