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Trent Bridge over looked!?

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Message 1 - posted by 88Chris05 (U1651410) , Apr 20, 2006

How can Trent Bridge not be used for an Ashes match in 2009? It is the best ground in the country bar Lords.
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Message 2 - posted by Dr Jezza (U2092608) , Apr 20, 2006

Totally agree - it's one of the best grounds in the world for watching test cricket in my experience.

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Message 3 - posted by Bongo_Bill (U2098880) , Apr 20, 2006

I was gutted when I saw this as well - I love Trent Bridge. But it looks like apart from Lords and the Oval there will be some swapping and changing - after all Headingley missed out this year.

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Message 4 - posted by SmilingRon81 (U2079685) , Apr 20, 2006

Should have been Lords that missed out.
We dont win there anyway...

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Message 5 - posted by binghambloke (U2069752) , Apr 20, 2006

I'm gobsmacked at this. It's sold out for Sri Lanka and the 1 dayer against Pakistan this year along with the 20/20 final which is also sold out and they get treated like this?!?!?!

It's also historically had a good turnout even for New Zealand a couple of years ago.

Does this mean they need to improve the ground in terms of capacity do you think?

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Message 6 - posted by FlatJack (U1616480) , Apr 20, 2006

I'm gobsmacked at this. It's sold out for Sri Lanka and the 1 dayer against Pakistan this year along with the 20/20 final which is also sold out and they get treated like this?!?!?!

It's also historically had a good turnout even for New Zealand a couple of years ago.

Does this mean they need to improve the ground in terms of capacity do you think?

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No, it means Trent Bridge isnt in London, therefore must miss out like any other Northern ground.

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Message 7 - posted by Jennifer (U2183347) , Apr 20, 2006

and Old Trafford!!!

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Message 8 - posted by Mark-G_Jones Fan (U3385157) , Apr 20, 2006

Where's a link for this announcement of grounds for 2009 ashes?

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Message 9 - posted by Bongo_Bill (U2098880) , Apr 20, 2006

Where's a link for this announcement of grounds for 2009 ashes?

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news.bbc.co.uk/sport...

There you go

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Message 10 - posted by kingofspainruledlongliveMonty (U3434673) , Apr 20, 2006

The ECB have been caught by the same problem as the BCCI in terms of staging games. At least, there are only 18 possible county grounds. Lords as the "Home of Cricket" is probably guaranteed a test in each series. Seems a shame as the atmosphere there is never as good as elsewhere.

As a Londoner, I prefer the Oval atmosphere, and I have travelled to Headingley and Edgbaston for tests as well. It seems only fair that other grounds get rotated, and I am glad that Sophia Gardens has been given the nod, though a shame that it is at the expense of TB which I have yet to visit but intend to.

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Message 11 - posted by crabbybear (U2986196) , Apr 20, 2006

My only question on Sophia gardens is how much local support there is for cricket compared to the other grounds.

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Message 12 - posted by crabbybear (U2986196) , Apr 20, 2006

id have thought the other issue is finance. The non test grounds say they can barely survive. The test grounds say they need the tests to maintain the grounds. Im not sure that spreading test ground status isnt simply the worst of all worlds.

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Message 13 - posted by Zena bedhawi's Top Spinning Doosra (U1972266) , Apr 20, 2006

I heard Geraint Jones was upset there last year, that's why it wasn't chosen ;)

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Message 14 - posted by FlatJack (U1616480) , Apr 20, 2006

id have thought the other issue is finance. The non test grounds say they can barely survive. The test grounds say they need the tests to maintain the grounds. Im not sure that spreading test ground status isnt simply the worst of all worlds.

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I agree. Why have 8-10 average grounds when you could aim for 5-6 very good ones.

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Message 15 - posted by NotaPieChucker (U1735182) , Apr 20, 2006

At least it gives the people in Wales a chance to see their team. I remember that in 1989 there were 6 tests. Is that a thing of the past now with the amount of cricket (esp ODIs) in the schedule?

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Message 16 - posted by SuperNotts (U1717298) , Apr 20, 2006

It's political correctness ruling over the brain again.

Despite being less of a standard than the "real" test grounds, the ECB are desperate to throw off any chance of being biased against these sub-standard grounds.

Trent Bridge is clearly a better ground than Sophia Gardens, or Chester le Street, yet doesn't get a test match. MADNESS

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Message 17 - posted by Bongo_Bill (U2098880) , Apr 20, 2006

There is no doubt in my mind that TB is one of the most beautiful grounds in world cricket. It really does seem a shame that it wont have an ashes game - especially when it was the scene of an England victory this summer!

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Message 18 - posted by 88Chris05 (U1651410) , Apr 20, 2006

Trent Bridge has a big enough capacity. It has excellent facilities too. I live in Nottingham and watch Notts play there regularly; I have been to several cricket grounds and it is amongst the best I have seen. Why Sophia Gardens gets a test ahead of it makes no sense to me. I know it is good for the people of Wales to be able to see Test Cricket, but surely the best grounds should be used for the worlds premier test series.

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Message 19 - posted by NotaPieChucker (U1735182) , Apr 20, 2006

For those that haven't seen the news referred to in this thread:

content-aus.cricinfo...

news.bbc.co.uk/sport...

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Message 20 - posted by dpressed (U1774070) , Apr 20, 2006

Leeds missed out last year so next time it's Trent Bridge's turn. Stop whinging

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