The final of the inaugural Twenty20 competition between New South Wales and Victoria will be played at the North Sydney Oval on Saturday January 21. Tickets for the clash, which are expected to be snapped up fairly quickly, go on sale today.

"More than 115,000 people have attended domestic and international Twenty20 matches in the past week, and we expect the final of the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash to be just as popular," James Sutherland, Cricket Australia's CEO, told reporters. "Australians have responded incredibly to the Twenty20 Big Bash and the excitement that comes with this new format of the sport."

Matthew Nicholson, the NSW captain, welcomed the announcement. "The atmosphere at our last game at North Sydney Oval was awesome. The players are really enjoying playing this form of cricket and that comes back to the atmosphere at the game and the noise and interaction between the players and the crowd. That has got the players pretty pumped."

Cameron White, his opposite number, was equally bullish. "The players enjoy Twenty20 cricket just as much as the fans and we can't wait to put on a great show."

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