Bransgrove still wants Ashes Test

Grand plans: Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove   Picture: Robin Jones
Grand plans: Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove Picture: Robin Jones
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Rod Bransgrove feels Hampshire are edging ever closer towards staging an Ashes Test match.

With the Ageas Bowl preparing to stage its latest one-day international between England and New Zealand tomorrow (10.45am), the Hampshire chairman remains ambitious.

Some tickets will still be available on the day at the ground, but a healthy crowd of around 13,000 is expected – even with the ongoing hotel construction works reducing capacity for the game.

Having hosted the England v Sri Lanka Test match in 2011 and a host of one-day internationals, Hampshire have shown they are capable of staging big games.

And Bransgrove has vowed to bid for the next round of international fixtures – including the 2019 World Cup matches and an Australia Test showdown.

Bransgrove said: ‘I think this game will be pretty much sold out.

‘We’ve got some closures because of the construction but we should still have around 13,000 people there.

‘I definitely feel we are making progress towards hosting an Ashes Test match in the future.

‘The progress being made with the construction of the hotel is phenomenal and we will definitely be throwing our hat in the ring for an Ashes Test match in 2019.

‘We will also have a World Cup in this country that year so we will be bidding for everything and that will probably be next year.’

Bransgrove also revealed he still feels huge pride every time the national side visit.

He said: ‘To be honest, I still get a buzz every time I drive up there!

‘But it’s always a bit more special when England come.

‘It’s always fantastic to host our national side and to have that pride in knowing that we do it well.’