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The Lord's Public Ticket Ballot

Lord's Cricket Ground uses a ballot to allocate tickets for international matches at the Home of Cricket.

MCC believes that the ballot system is the fairest way of allocating tickets for matches which are often oversubscribed, as it gives all applicants an equal opportunity to watch major match cricket at Lord's.

2018 Ticket Ballot

The Public Ticket Ballot for England's three internationals at Lord's next summer is now closed.

Any remaining tickets will then go on general sale. 

Wondering what happens next? See below for more details. 

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International fixtures at Lord's 2018

Fixture Date(s)
England v Pakistan - 1st Test Match  Thurs 24 - Sun 27 May
England v India -  Royal London ODI Sat 14 July
England v India -  2nd Test Match Thu 9 - Sun 12 August

The Lord's Ticket Ballot

What is the ballot?

The general public ticket ballot is the system used by MCC to allocate tickets for international matches which take place at Lord’s.

Why does MCC use a ballot system?

The Club believes that a randomly selected ballot system is the fairest method available to distribute tickets to as many applicants as possible so they can attend a major match at the Home of Cricket.

How does it work?

Those wishing to attend an international match at Lord’s have a window of opportunity to apply for the ballot.

For the 2018 season, including England's Tests against Pakistan & India, the Public Ticket Ballot will open on Monday 18 December 2017 & closes on Friday 5 January 2018. 

Those wishing to apply for the ballot may do so from that date. 

Every application is treated equally, no matter when it is submitted, so take your time making your decisions.

There is a limit to the number of tickets an applicant can apply for on each day.

Once the application window is closed, a random computerised ballot is run to determine which entrants are allocated tickets.

What days does the ballot apply to?

The 2018 ticket ballot covers the following days:

England v Pakistan 1st Test Match – Thurs 24 - Sun 27 May

England v India, ODI – Sat 14 July

England v India, 2nd Test Match - Thurs 9 - Mon 13 Aug


What about day 5?

Should either Test reach the final day, tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis on that day.

Tickets for Day 5 of England's Test matches in 2018 are not part of the public ticket ballot.

Further ticket information, including prices etc, will be announced on the fourth day of the match and will be decided based on the amount of cricket remaining in the game.

What happens if I'm successful?

If you’re lucky enough to be allocated some or all of the tickets you applied for in the ballot, MCC will take payment from the card details provided and then you will be sent a confirmation email.

If the Ticket Office is unable to take the payment for whatever reason, you will then be contacted to make an alternative method of payment. 

Please ensure the contact details held for you by the Club are correct before completing your application; login to your record on and click ‘My Account’.

What happens if I'm unsuccessful?

Unfortunately, high demand for tickets at Lord's means that many match days are oversubscribed each summer.

Once the ballot is concluded, if you have missed out on the tickets for which you originally applied, we will inform you via email.

For those who have missed out, we then offer a priority booking period for any major match tickets which are unsold after the ballot.

What happens to any unallocated tickets?

Following the drawing of the ballot, any unallocated tickets are placed on general sale, on a first-come-first-served basis, from

All applicants will be informed via email of the success of their application, as well as being provided with information about tickets that become available on general sale.

So, how do I apply?

From the 18th December, an applicant should login to their record on and then click on the ‘Public Ballot’ button. The applicant then chooses the day(s) and stand they wish to be included in the ballot for.

Once the applicant is satisfied with their selection, the applicant will then be asked to enter their card details. The application is then ready to be entered in the ballot.

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