Brisbane, Aug 23

Around 3,000 scalped tickets for December's Ashes Test against England in Perth have been recovered by Cricket Australia (CA) and they are to be put on sale through official channels from next Monday.

CA said the tickets had been offered on eBay at inflated prices.

"Our team is working extremely hard to identify and stop tickets being re-sold at an inflated value across our venues," Anthony Everard, CA's executive general manager, events and leagues, was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Wednesday.

"We know that tickets are in high demand for this series and this is a very clear message to those who try to take advantage of the system and scalp tickets at inflated prices, that we will identify and cancel tickets, in accordance with our terms and conditions.

The cricket board also asked fans not to support such activities.

"Our message to all fans is to not support this practice. Whilst we understand this leads to disappointment with some days of our Tests sold out, you should only purchase from official ticket agencies to ensure you only pay the official prices, and not risk your ticket being cancelled at the gate," he said.

"Fans who purchase tickets from unauthorised resellers (such as Viagogo, Ticketmaster Resale, Gumtree, eBay etc.) risk paying too much, receiving invalid tickets or no tickets at all. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist fans or verify any tickets purchased through resellers," he added.

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