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    No Old Trafford test this year

    Has there been a reason given by the ECB why there is no Old Trafford test this year?

    It is certainly one of the best grounds in England, with a good pitch, one of the bigger capacaties, and a good history and tradition.

    It seems to have scrapped for the Durham test which means there are now two tests in North-East England which is hardly the strongest area for cricket in England.

    I've also been to Durham and it is a much inferior ground to Old Trafford which confuses as to why it has been picked in favour of OT.

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    Part of the deal of allowing Durham into the county championship in the first place (and boy, did they deserve it) was that they had to develop a test match standard ground.

    1996 was the last time Old Trafford missed out

    Other test grounds - last time they staged no test in a year (ignoring 1970, of course)

    Trent Bridge 1999
    Edgbaston 1994
    Headingley 1999
    AMP Oval 1932
    Lord's 1927

    Allowing for the fact that The Oval and Lord's will ALWAYS stage one (and Lord's now tend to stage two when there are twin series), the only ground that Old Trafford would seriously have a case of replacing is Headingley geographically and Edgbaston on 'turns'.

    Sorry, no case to answer regarding Durham.
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    Ok, thanks for clarifying that for me. So does this mean that Old Trafford are certain to have a test next year then?

    And if the Durham test match is a huge success then I presume the ECB will want to keep The chester-le-street test next year.

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    I went to Old Trafford to see the 'boks in 1998, the one where Gus Fraser blocked out AD's last over :!(

    I have to admit, while it wasnt too bad, Chester Le Street has far more going for it, and the majority of Old Trafford was old and run down, and the facilities werent brilliant....

    CLS is an outstanding ground, on the outside of town, in a lovely setting, although it doesnt have a big capacity, there is soo much going for it, i hope it is a regular fixture.....
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    I had a day there last year, and was hoping to go up again this year, but instead have to settle for the First ODI in fortnight's time - The dawn of the new era of English ODI Cricket?
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    I've never visited Chester-le-Street yet, but I hope to soon (can't make the test, bowling for my county this weekend).

    I feel as though I know the ground so well already because of all the correspondence I've received from Durham CCC in the past regarding, oh, just about anything relating to cricket in the area. They are a really helpful bunch and have kept me in articles this summer.

    On behalf of Cricket Web, I should like to wish everyone at Durham CCC and The Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street all the very best for this week.

    Oh, and well done Durham for making it two wins in a row - even if one of them was against Derbyshire.

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    Originally posted by luckyeddie
    I've never visited Chester-le-Street yet, but I hope to soon (can't make the test, bowling for my county this weekend).

    Go whenever you get the chance, i went there last year and can safely say its one of the nicest grounds ive been to..

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    Next press day, I'm there



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