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From the ashes

Optus Stadium will be hosting its first Ashes Test Match next January. Video: Matthew Ellul.

Perth was announced as the host of the fifth Ashes test match next year, and junior cricket clubs across the city are hoping it will lead to a playing boom.

Perth missed out on hosting a test match last summer due to travel restriction difficulties, but will now see the iconic match take at Optus Stadium from January 14-18th, 2022.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Tony Buti says it’s a great chance for young fans to see the world’s best players in action.

“This is an opportunity for young cricket fans all over Western Australia to see some of the world’s best players,” he says.

South Perth Cricket Club says it has a large and growing junior program and having big occasions like an Ashes test match will help grow the game.

“South Perth Cricket Club is extremely excited to have such a large junior’s program and with our growing numbers, it allows us to promote big occasions like the Ashes amongst our juniors or ‘the future’ for the greater good of the game.”

Gosnells Cricket Club junior coach Matthew Robson says live cricket brings his young players together.

“It’s really important for the cohesion of our group and our young team that [an Ashes Test] happens,” he says.

Mr Robson says when he was a kid, there was nothing better than playing cricket on a Saturday morning and then going to the test match in the afternoon.

“Being able to go there and see the best in the world do their thing is really special,” he says.

Mr Robson says watching a live test match is an experience like no other and it was disappointing for young cricketers to miss out last year.

“You’re not going to be able to see cricket live in person at that level if we don’t have a test match.”

The last Perth Ashes Test Match at the WACA Ground in 2017. Photo: Matthew Ellul.

The Government has urged cricket fans to turn out in force for this summer’s international fixtures.

“There’s a chance for cricket fans to be a part of history with the first ever Ashes Test match at Optus Stadium,” Tony Buti says.

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