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Rose Bowl is awarded Test in 2011

How the Rose Bowl will look after the 45m development
The redevelopment was recently granted planning permission

Hampshire's Rose Bowl will host a Test match for the first time when England face Sri Lanka in 2011.

The Southampton venue will also stage one-day internationals against Australia in 2009 and 2010, West Indies in 2010, and India in 2011.

The county is staging the English domestic Twenty20 Cup's finals day this year - and will do so again in 2010.

"This is a truly historic day for the Rose Bowl and Hampshire Cricket," chairman Rod Bransgrove said.

1880: The Oval (90 Tests)
1884: Old Trafford (72)
1884: Lord's (114)
1899: Trent Bridge (54)
1899: Headingley (67)
1902: Edgbaston (42)
1902: Bramall Lane, Sheffield (1; no longer used)
2003: Riverside (3)
2009: Cardiff
2011: Rose Bowl
(figures only include matches which have been completed, and exclude matches abandoned without a ball bowled)
"This is the culmination of an enormous amount of hard work and dedication and yes, it is the fulfilment of a personal dream.

"It is important that this is not seen as 'mission accomplished' though, as we fully intend to be a permanent fixture on the Test match calendar from 2011 onwards.

"This allocation of matches was hard-fought and demonstrates that with our new 45m development, turning the ground into the first ever model Test match ground, we are now one of the major sports and entertainment venues in the country.

"The allocation perfectly matches our proposed development timescale, due for completion in the summer of 2010 and fully tested, well before our historic first Test in 2011."

The Rose Bowl, which first staged county cricket in 2001, was awarded provisional Test match status by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2006.

It has been the venue for nine one-day internationals and two Twenty20 internationals.

see also
Hants capacity increase approved
01 Apr 08 |  Hampshire
Rose Bowl gets nod to host Tests
24 Nov 06 |  Cricket
Bransgrove wants Test assurances
19 Oct 06 |  Cricket

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