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David Saker: ‘Crazy’ that Edgbaston has no Test match in 2013 or 2014

England bowling coach David Saker believes it is ‘crazy’ that Edgbaston will not a host a Test match in 2013 or 2014, despite a new £30million redevelopment of the South and West Stand.

The ground boasts a new state of the art Indoor Cricket Centre, some of the best changing rooms in world cricket and a 750-seat banqueting suite whose bright blue presence is now a distinctive feature of the ground.

The modern stadium hosted the third Test in last summer’s series against India, which became famous for Alastair Cook’s 294 which helped England move to the top of the Test rankings for the first time since its introduction in 2003.

But despite Warwickshire’s dedication to providing one of the best playing facilities in the Country, the ECB have not awarded the club an Ashes Test in 2013, instead the tourists will visit Lords, Old Trafford, Trent Bridge, The Riverside Ground and The Oval.

The whole club believe they deserve a Test, and even the England coach insists the Birmingham side should hold an England Test in 2013 and 2014.

“There are outstanding facilities here and I can’t wait to see some cricket being playing here,” Saker said as he visited Edgbaston with England seamer Chris Tremlett who continues his road to recovery from a back problem he aggravated during last summer’s series with India.

“It’s a bit crazy not to have a Test match here with the new facilities, but suppose you have to give everyone a chance to play there Test matches, but I like the system we have got and I think it works well.

“It would be easy for me personally as I live locally so it’s nice to play Test matches here, but again you have to share them around and everyone has to get their quota of Test matches.”

Edgbaston will next hold a Test in June against the West Indies, but then follows the two year absence before an Ashes Test finally returns to Birmingham in 2015.


About Chris Airey

Sports Journalist at Staffordshire Uni - writes for DerbyshireCCC, TelfordUtd Programme and AllOutCricket - tries to play a bit of cricket too!!


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