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Full house sets the tone for series

india Updated: Jul 26, 2011 00:49 IST
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal
Sanjjeev Karan Samyal

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International Cricket Council (ICC) president, Sharad Pawar, made his way to the ground around 20 minutes before the start of play.

Though he's watched Test matches at the home of cricket for more than 30 years, he never felt excited like this before. The atmosphere at the hallowed arena was truly electric.

Tickets for the final day of the first Test were sold out after fans began queuing at 2am on Monday. In fact, many had to be turned away as announcements on the public system and various media networks advised fans not to travel to Lord's if they were not already in the queue to get into the ground.

Two hours before the start, officials stood with loudspeakers outside the St John's Wood station requesting fans not to join the queue as tickets weren't available. According to the 32,000-capacity stadium's official Twitter feed, about 20,000 people waited in line two hours before the start.

There are no advance bookings on the last day and people have to turn up at the ground and buy the tickets. Senior Lord's security officer, Paul Winters, said he had never witnessed such scenes during his 25-year-career at the ground.

"The queues are almost half-a-mile long. They are bigger than the Ashes Test here in 2005. It's a perfect setting, isn't it?," he said.

The quality of play here has served as a perfect appetiser and the series is expected to be a treat.