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Cardiff set to host regular Tests

Sophia Gardens will host Welsh cricket's biggest day on 8 July
The stadium at Sophia Gardens will host Welsh cricket's biggest day on 8 July

Glamorgan's Swalec Stadium in Cardiff is set to host Test matches until 2016.

Next year's first Ashes Test will take place at the revamped stadium in July and Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell said more Tests have been lined up.

"We have already secured games for 2010 and 2011 - two one-day internationals against Australia and India and a Test against Sri Lanka," he said.

"We heard a whisper last week that our staging agreement as a...Test match venue has been extended until 2016."

The Swalec Stadium, on the Sophia Gardens site, was awarded Test match status in April 2006 and a 9.5m redevelopment has boosted capacity from 5,500 to 15,643.

The first 6,000 tickets put on public sale for the first Ashes Test were sold in a matter of hours with another 6,000 going on sale in January.

Meanwhile, the Swalec Stadium outfield is in the process of having a new 600,000 drainage system installed, which is due to be completed in next month.

The work is being done because of problems with the drainage of the outfield, which came to a head when the England v South Africa one-day international in September was abandoned.

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