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    No Lord's Test for the Windies in 2012

    So this was mentioned in passing in the tour thread, but Lord's will only host one Test next summer as Cardiff has beaten it to hosting the West Indies Test that was going spare.

    Heard a few people on BBC and Channel 5 saying how unfair this is to the West Indians that they won't get to play a Test at Lord's, and that Lord's should host two matches because it's the best ground.

    It is the best ground in England, certainly of all the ones I've been too. But it does irritate me that there are three northern Test venues, hosting zero Tests this summer while London alone gets three. Of course, I'm juxtaposing separate issues there really but it all comes under the same umbrella.

    What I'm asking is the following:

    - Is it unfair on the West Indies that they don't get a Lord's Test or is that just life?
    - Should any ground ever get two Tests a year, regardless of stature?
    - Should there be measures to ensure Tests are allocated more fairly in terms of regions?
    - Is Burgey the biggest **** you have ever come across?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    So this was mentioned in passing in the tour thread, but Lord's will only host one Test next summer as Cardiff has beaten it to hosting the West Indies Test that was going spare.

    Heard a few people on BBC and Channel 5 saying how unfair this is to the West Indians that they won't get to play a Test at Lord's, and that Lord's should host two matches because it's the best ground.

    It is the best ground in England, certainly of all the ones I've been too. But it does irritate me that there are three northern Test venues, hosting zero Tests this summer while London alone gets three. Of course, I'm juxtaposing separate issues there really but it all comes under the same umbrella.

    What I'm asking is the following:

    - Is it unfair on the West Indies that they don't get a Lord's Test or is that just life?
    - Should any ground ever get two Tests a year, regardless of stature?
    - Should there be measures to ensure Tests are allocated more fairly in terms of regions?
    - Is Burgey the biggest **** you have ever come across?
    - Not really. It's a shame for some younger players, but it's not a disaster for them, surely? Plus last time they came for a test series they completely took the piss, I don't feel massively charitable after that.
    - Yes, if there's a good reason, it produces good cricket, and lots of fans turn up.
    - Definitely, especially northern grounds. Playing in front of 200 people on a dead pitch at Cardiff is just stupid.
    - No, that's just mean.

    Seriously, though, I'm a massive Lord's fan for many reasons. It's a shame they don't have two tests next year from my point of view because of all the grounds I've been to it's my favourite.

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    Good, Lords should only get 1 test a summer anyway with so many other grounds missing out. Especially in summers with 2 lots of 3.

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    As lovely a ground as it is, since Lords installed its new drainage system the pitches have been absolute roads.

    Cardiff can seriously **** off tho. It's not in England & I don't think we can stress that point enough, but it has rainfall to outstrip Old Trafford and an infinitely less sporting deck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    9 test venues is at least two too many.
    Totally agree there, and Cardiff can do one, no fans for a start.

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    Cant stand the Lords test these days, ROAD ROAD ROAD. May as well play the Lords test at Colombo or Antigua.
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    The West Indies don't deserve to play Tests at Lord's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    So this was mentioned in passing in the tour thread, but Lord's will only host one Test next summer as Cardiff has beaten it to hosting the West Indies Test that was going spare.

    Heard a few people on BBC and Channel 5 saying how unfair this is to the West Indians that they won't get to play a Test at Lord's, and that Lord's should host two matches because it's the best ground.

    It is the best ground in England, certainly of all the ones I've been too. But it does irritate me that there are three northern Test venues, hosting zero Tests this summer while London alone gets three. Of course, I'm juxtaposing separate issues there really but it all comes under the same umbrella.

    What I'm asking is the following:

    - Is it unfair on the West Indies that they don't get a Lord's Test or is that just life?
    - Should any ground ever get two Tests a year, regardless of stature?
    - Should there be measures to ensure Tests are allocated more fairly in terms of regions?
    - Is Burgey the biggest **** you have ever come across?
    - No, it isn't. They've played at Lord's twice in the last four years anyway, and cricket should be played for the benefit of the fans, not the players. Deal with it.

    - No. What special stature does it really have, anyway? Lord's being the "home of cricket" is a phrase that seems to get knocked around pretty mindlessly. It isn't my home of cricket, I hadn't seen any cricket in London until this year. Most grounds are grateful to get one Test a year, seems odd that Lord's should expect two just because the MCC say so.

    - Yes. Like I said, it should be for the benefit of the fans, and cricket has plenty of fans in the north. No Tests out of seven north of Nottingham this summer was a shocker.

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    Was it unfair on West Indies that they didn't get to play at the MCG or the SCG when they toured Australia?

    2 tests a year at Lords would probably have been acceptable when there were 6 or 7 grounds. The ECB have made their bed by looking to give all and sundry test cricket. Should be a minimum 2 tests a year shared between Riverside, Headingly, OT & TB, probably just between the Northern 3 at that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robelinda View Post
    Cant stand the Lords test these days, ROAD ROAD ROAD. May as well play the Lords test at Colombo or Antigua.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    - Is Burgey the biggest **** you have ever come across other than me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerfurball View Post
    the west indies don't deserve to play tests at lord's.
    pretty sure england still got to play at lords during the late 80s, 90s and early 00s
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    Quote Originally Posted by Got_Spin View Post
    pretty sure england still got to play at lords during the late 80s, 90s and early 00s

    I really don't care much whether the Windies play at Lords or not, because I believe that ground is highly overrated....

    What I'm more concerned about is when this tour will take place. In 2009, the entire tour was played in May, and it was rubbish, seeing spectators shivering in the stands, WI players in sweaters, rubbing their hands from the cold, etc. I decided not to go to any match of that tour, because trying to watch cricket in those sub-human conditions was not something I would consider parting with my hard-earned money for - rather, I thought the ECB should be paying me to watch cricket in May!

    I hope most of this tour in 2012 will be played in June, not May....

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    Lord's the ground definitely isn't overrated.

    It deserves a wicket to match its stature though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Lord's the ground definitely isn't overrated.

    It deserves a wicket to match its stature though.
    Yeah, agree with this word for word.

    Are the problems with the wicket related to the new drainage system, or has it been longer than that?

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