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Cricket Australia wants six Ashes Tests

A sixth Ashes Test could be played in the 2010-2011 series following the spectacular success of the recent series.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2007 23:23 IST

A sixth Ashes Test could be played in the 2010-2011 series between Australia and England following the spectacular success of the recent series, Cricket Australia said on Monday.

A sixth Test could be played in Hobart city on the southern island of Tasmania when Australia next host the series, a spokesman for the sport's governing body here said.

A host of attendance records were broken during the recent series, despite the Australians winning 5-0 in a one-sided contest to regain the Ashes.

The large crowds built on the incredible interest in the oldest rivalry in cricket generated by the 2005 series which England won at home.

"Cricket Australia is keen in principal to have six Test matches the next time we have an Ashes series in four years," CA public affairs manager Peter Young said.

"If we do have six it gives us the ability to schedule an Ashes Test match in Hobart," he said.

"That's our ambition ... We want to be able to take Test cricket to as many people in Australia as possible.

The Ashes, which dates back to 1882, is traditionally a five-Test series although four and six Tests have been played, the most recently in 1997.

First Published: Jan 15, 2007 17:51 IST