Bransgrove upbeat despite Ashes disappointment

Rob Bransgrove
Rob Bransgrove
George Bailey is bowled for a duck against Essex. Picture: Neil Marshall

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Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove was disappointed to miss out on hosting an Ashes Test match, but believes it is only a matter of time before the Ageas Bowl is rewarded for its high standards.

The England and Wales Cricket Board yesterday announced the host venues for international fixtures between 2017 and 2019.

Bransgrove remains upbeat despite the Ageas missing out on the most prestigious Test of all.

He said: ‘Obviously we are disappointed to remain the only category A ground never to have hosted an Ashes Test, but at the end of the day we have secured 13 days of international cricket over a three-year period, which is fantastic by anyone’s standards.

‘I’m sure we will continue to get better and better until we become an irresistible option for an Ashes Test match.’

Hampshire also lost out in their bid to host 2017 ICC Champions Trophy games, but they have been awarded an ODI against the West Indies and a Twenty20 fixture against South Africa in 2017.

The Ageas Bowl will also play host to another Test match against India in 2018 as well as an ODI against Pakistan in 2019.

Five group stage fixtures will also be played at the venue during the 2019 World Cup, subject to ICC ratification.

Bransgrove added: ‘We are thrilled to be staging another England versus India Test match in 2018 and can’t wait to host more world class cricket at this venue.

‘We will continue to invest in the Ageas Bowl and strive to make it one of the very best grounds in world cricket.’