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MCC prepares for Olympic Stadium rivalry

The Australian who runs Lord's has insisted the self-styled 'home of cricket' will have no fears when competing against the 2012 Olympic Stadium for the right to stage future internationals in London.

Keith Bradshaw, the chief executive of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which owns Lord's, denied yesterday suggestions he supported the Olympic Stadium's use as a venue for Twenty20 cricket internationals once the 2012 Games were over.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said Wednesday the London Development Agency were in talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board about using the stadium.

But Bradshaw said Lord's, sited in St John's Wood, a north-west London suburb, had a unique appeal.

"There is a difference between considering an idea inevitable and lending support to it," Bradshaw, a former captain of Australian state side Tasmania, said in an MCC statement.

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