Cricket links in tribute match

THE key players in the tribute match for Australia's most successful cricketer will range from his former international teammates to his former neighbour.

John Kedey grew up with Ricky Ponting in Launceston and played cricket with him so was delighted to be appointed wicket curator for tomorrow night's tribute match set to be graced by a galaxy of Australian cricketing stars.

Kedey joined curator Bryan Dunne and groundsman Nic Bauld yesterday to inspect the drop-in wicket at Aurora Stadium, which is expecting a bumper crowd for the Twenty20 match beginning at 7.15pm.

Inveresk Precinct Authority manager Robert Groenewegen said ticket sales had reached about 14,000 with general admissions available on the night.

``It's going to be a terrific event and I think people are really going to enjoy it,'' he said.

``The quality of the players set to feature like Justin Langer, Adam Gilchrist, Matt Hayden, Brett Lee are all legends of the game.

``It is not often you get to see players of this calibre, why wouldn't you want to come?''

FAST FACTS

WHAT: Ricky Ponting tribute game.

WHERE: Aurora Stadium, Launceston.

WHEN: Tomorrow, gates open at 5.30pm. Biggest Game of Cricket from 6pm, main match 7.15pm.

HOW MUCH: General admission $10 for adults and $2 for children aged 6 to 15. Seats $15 for adults and $7 for children aged 6 to 15. Tickets available from Ticketmaster outlets.

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