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World Cup chief claims Edgbaston will be packed for semi-final

Organisers of the Cricket World Cup insist England will play in front of a packed Edgbaston on Thursday despite concerns over the allocation of tickets.

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As Sportsmail revealed earlier this week, there are concerns that the game against Australia could be played in front of a half-empty stadium after South Africa’s surprise win last weekend ensured their opponents will be Australia rather than India.

The issue is the fact that 50 per cent of tickets for this week’s Birmingham clash were snapped up well in advance by India fans, and until Tuesday there had been very little activity on the official resale site.

But Cricket World Cup ticketing boss Adrian Wells told Sportsmail on Wednesday: ‘We expect the stadium to be full. It’s a World Cup semi-final and we expect those with tickets to want to use them.’

Some tickets for the Birmingham game, which had been going for more than £1,000 on Viagogo when it appeared as though India would be one of the sides involved, were being offered for as little as £61 on Sunday. 

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