England news July 21, 2011

Lord's awarded 2012 West Indies Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lord's have been awarded the 2012 Test against West Indies, which was put back out to tender after Glamorgan revealed they wouldn't be able to make their payments for this year's Sri Lanka Test.

Glamorgan have struggled financially since becoming a Test venue when they hosted Australia in 2009, having bid huge sums for their matches before the global economic downturn hit. The initial decision not to hand Lord's a Test in the first series of next summer had sparked controversy and the ground was always the favourite to win the vacant tender.

The Test against Sri Lanka earlier this season was poorly attended, with just 922 in the ground to witness England's unexpected final-session victory dash as they bowled out Sri Lanka for 82, although the club weren't helped by poor weather throughout the game.

"I am personally delighted by this decision, which will be welcomed by members of MCC, other cricket followers and, I am sure, the cricketers themselves," Keith Bradshaw, the MCC chief executive, said. "While the club supports all formats of the game, it is Test cricket that remains the pinnacle of our sport."

Lord's is currently hosting the 2000th Test as England face India in the first match of their series, which is also the 100th game between the two teams.

The dates for the West Indies tour will be announced later this year, but it is scheduled to take place in May and June consisting of three Tests, three ODIs and a Twenty20.

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  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    i think wi will pull a big crowd as long as they compete hard like they did against india . they should also field a strong team with gayle and d bravo in it

  • Gavin on July 21, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    Should have kept the 1st test in Cardiff!! Lords is the worst cricket ground in the world!!!!!!!

  • Wayne on July 21, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Given the sterling the job they did in difficult circumstances I might have rewarded The Rosebowl as first replacement.

    The West Indies are not the superstar attraction they were in the glory years. Any chance the Lord authorities can reduce their ridiculous ticket prices significantly, to encourage good attendance for this match ? And can we be admitted with musical instruments... drums, conch shells, trumpets - to make our team feel at home ?

  • Anne on July 21, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Absolutely we need 2 venues in London. Lords has too many restrictions when watching cricket - no flags, no mobile phones, no whistles and certainly no musical instruments, ie, the trumpet player. Everyone has to sit stiff and still like crash test dummies, and shout 'nice shot old boy'. The Oval is the exact opposite and no matter which seat you have, there's a great view of the wicket.

  • Mark on July 21, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    No surprise there. But seriously, if Lords will always get a test match do we need 2 venues in London? The South-West/Wales don't get much international cricket. Heres hoping Cardiff still gets that New Zealand test match.

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