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Vaughan benefit set for sell-out

England's success this summer has prompted such a surge of interest that captain Michael Vaughan's Twenty20 benefit match at Headingley on Wednesday is heading for a sell-out.

England's success this summer has prompted such a surge of interest that captain Michael Vaughan's benefit match at Headingley on Wednesday is heading for a sell-out.

Vaughan is poised to lead an England line-up against Yorkshire in a Twenty20 match.

England's heroics in claiming a 2-1 lead in the Ashes series under Vaughan's leadership has caused 13,500 tickets to be sold already. Organisers are now predicting a sell-out for a game which will include England Test players such as Andrew Flintoff, Marcus Trescothick, Kevin Pietersen and most members of the Ashes squad.

Proceeds are being split between Vaughan's benefit fund, the Sheffield hospital where his daughter Tallulah was born last summer and Yorkshire's academy.

A spokesman for the organisers said: "Over 2,000 tickets are left, but we expect them to go quickly and we think it's inevitable that some fans will be disappointed."

The huge interest in the event - Yorkshire's only chance to see England's Ashes heroes after Headingley missed out on staging a Test - mirrors that throughout the rest of the country as England close in on an historic triumph at the Oval next week.

By the time England's stars assemble at Headingley for the afternoon contest, they should have recovered sufficiently from the drama of another close finish, this time at Trent Bridge when Ashley Giles guided the side to a three-wicket victory.

"I don't think we realise the importance of what's happened yet, but hopefully we will in two weeks' time," said Giles.

"In all honesty, we need a couple of days to come down again. We did after Old Trafford. It took a couple of days to really calm down and relax and then I think we really have to start focussing on next week and we have to get it right.

"We can't start the game slowly because this Australian side are very good and will keep fighting until the end. This has been easily the toughest four or five weeks of my career. It's tough, but the rewards are there."

source - iccoventry.co.uk
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