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Aussie WAGs could distract our Test players, critics warn  Aussie WAGs could distract our Test players, critics warn
Aussie WAGs could distract our Test players, critics warn AUSTRALIA's cricketers could lose focus by having their families attend the Boxing Day Test, critics have warned. But Cricket Australia plans to make the crucial Ashes clash at the MCG, starting on Boxing Day, a family affair with Aussie WAGs arriving in Melbourne from tomorrow. Cricket chiefs say they would "actively encourage" players' partners and their children to attend the fourth Test, with the series tied at 1-1. "Each player has a small allocation of tickets to each game in which they play and they often also invite parents or siblings," spokesman Peter Young said. "We host them in a private box, and a creche is set up for the young children. It is one of the big family days on our Test cricketers' annual calendars." English skipper Andrew Strauss yesterday denied speculation in Britain that the presence of his team's WAGs had cost England victory in Perth. But legendary Aussie batsman Neil Harvey said loved ones should definitely stay away from the MCG. "They are a distraction there's no doubt about that," he said. "The players should get Christmas Day with them, then send them home. Let them concentrate on the game. "There has been so much focus on the WAGs, especially when they start to bicker or fight. The cricketers don't need that." The Aussies' hectic schedule of events this week includes a public event at Southbank on Thursday where fans can meet players. The team will spend Christmas Day with their families at a private function at Crown casino. Meanwhile, ticket sales for the MCG Test continue to surge. Sportsbet.com.au yesterday installed a record crowd on day one as a short-priced favourite. The Boxing Day crowd record, set in 1961, is 90,800. Punters can get $1.44 that the record will be smashed. Sportsbet's Haydn Lane said: "The Aussies have breathed new life into the series and with great weather expected we think the Boxing Day crowd record will be broken." Police promise a "significant boost" in numbers around the MCG, with booze buses among their weapons.
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