June 14, 2011

English cricket

Groundswell of emotion as Rose Bowl Test nears

Tariq Engineer

After a decade spent trying to obtain elite status for the Hampshire venue, Andy Wilson writes in the Guardian that the excitement is close to fever pitch as the Third Test between Sri Lanka and England - the first ever at the Rose Bowl - draws closer.

"It's going to be amazing really, somewhat dream-like," Bransgrove said as he made late checks before young Tremlett and the other players arrive for this morning's official practice sessions. "The more I am asked to speak about it, the more overwhelming it seems to be getting. It is a combination of excitement with trepidation, not just for me but all the other people who have worked towards this day, because it has been very much a team effort at Hampshire. I'm sure we will enjoy it, but we will also be relieved when it's all over next Monday night."

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