Rod: We want an Ashes Test

Rod Bransgrove

Rod Bransgrove

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‘NOW for an Ashes Test!’ That’s the rallying cry from Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove after the successful staging of the stadium’s second Test this week.

England thrashed India by 266 runs to level the series in West End on Thursday.

Despite the first Sunday start to an England home Test, an aggregate attendance of more than 49,000 watched it and the wicket was widely praised.

After missing out on an Ashes Test in 2013 and 2015 during the last allocation, Bransgrove is now targeting one five years hence.

“It's no secret this ground warrants and deserves an Ashes Test match,” said Bransgrove. “It’s a burden being the only ground in this country which has never been awarded an Ashes Test match. That’s a monkey that I want off our back – that’s what we’re working towards.”

Hampshire are currently involved in a consultation process with the ECB before bidding begins for a 2019 Ashes Test.

But they are up against Edgbaston, Trent Bridge, the Swalec Stadium, Chester-le-Street and Old Trafford. The Oval and Headingley already have staging agreements and Lord's is also sure to have an Ashes Test five years' hence.

“There are two Ashes Tests up for grabs,” Bransgrove continued.“It’s harsh but all the other new grounds have been granted this one way or the other.

“It’s the ultimate accreditation, it’s what we all look for and what we’re all pitching for.

“You put the best shows at the best theatres, that’s the hierarchy of performance if you like, and we’re aiming to be a ground outside of the London grounds, which have different reasons for being there.

“And I will stress once again I’m a huge fan of Lord’s. I don’t regard them as competition.

“There’s every justification for playing three games out of seven in London because they’re all sold and do very well.

“Our competition is with the other grounds for the remaining eight Test matches every two years.

“And the way we want to compete for those is by just becoming the best.

“That’s what we have to set out as our ultimate objective. To be the best ground in the country.”

Bransgrove is hopeful he will one day watch an England v Australia Test at the stadium he helped fund.

“I’m very fortunate we’ve got this Test match (v India) and would like every opportunity to demonstrate what we can do,” he continued.

“We haven’t been particularly fortunate or lucky in previous allocations but maybe we haven’t demonstrated to the extent we can now what we can produce.

“I’ve got an open mind about it and would like to think next time round we’ll be well considered.

“If the words and reports that I’m receiving are the genuine reflection of people’s view of this stadium, this stage for cricket, then all other things being equal you’d like to think we should do very well.”

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5:47pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

I don't, p1$$ed of with not being able to get home after work with road closures. Sort it out council/ rose bowl........
I don't, p1$$ed of with not being able to get home after work with road closures. Sort it out council/ rose bowl........ Harold K Steptoe
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6:31pm Sat 2 Aug 14

HillsidePaul says...

Unfinished hotel, ridiculously high ticket prices except for the last day, oh and closing the park and ride on the last day to save money. Profiteering AND penny pinching will not win an ashes test.
Unfinished hotel, ridiculously high ticket prices except for the last day, oh and closing the park and ride on the last day to save money. Profiteering AND penny pinching will not win an ashes test. HillsidePaul
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9:16pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Seedhouse the Unrepentant says...

Well said Rod. An amazing venue, thanks for that, well due an Ashes Test.
Well said Rod. An amazing venue, thanks for that, well due an Ashes Test. Seedhouse the Unrepentant
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10:18am Sun 3 Aug 14

bpsaint says...

With the exception of Lord's possibly the best ground in the country now with its natural bowl and amphitheatre setting. And unlike grounds like the Oval, Edgbaston and Old Trafford the toilet facilities can cope when there is a large crowd
With the exception of Lord's possibly the best ground in the country now with its natural bowl and amphitheatre setting. And unlike grounds like the Oval, Edgbaston and Old Trafford the toilet facilities can cope when there is a large crowd bpsaint
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11:59am Sun 3 Aug 14

The Wickham Man says...

It's the transport Rod. It started as "teething troubles", then "growing pains" but now the Rosebowl has grown up and it's still there! You need a totally focussed and dedicated transport plan - take a leaf out of the Farnborough Air Show, which for the most part works very well - but everything must be publicised, integrated, and above all it must be simple and pleasant for those using it
It's the transport Rod. It started as "teething troubles", then "growing pains" but now the Rosebowl has grown up and it's still there! You need a totally focussed and dedicated transport plan - take a leaf out of the Farnborough Air Show, which for the most part works very well - but everything must be publicised, integrated, and above all it must be simple and pleasant for those using it The Wickham Man
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4:38pm Sun 3 Aug 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Time to sort the roads out and put the planned Junction in on the M27.
Time to sort the roads out and put the planned Junction in on the M27. OSPREYSAINT
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3:39pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Blue means Success says...

The thing is Rod, you have alienated thousands of fans in Bournemouth, and Portsmouth by removing the few county games at those cities - and putting all your eggs in one basket.

Your test attendances could have been so much greater, as could your county attendances. I'd be amazed if you decided to change your mind, but from what have previously heard; you are stuck on just keeping everything at Hedge End
The thing is Rod, you have alienated thousands of fans in Bournemouth, and Portsmouth by removing the few county games at those cities - and putting all your eggs in one basket. Your test attendances could have been so much greater, as could your county attendances. I'd be amazed if you decided to change your mind, but from what have previously heard; you are stuck on just keeping everything at Hedge End Blue means Success
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1:36pm Tue 5 Aug 14

sarfhamton says...

I agree with many of these comments, its ridiculous having all county games at the Rose Bowl when Basingstoke, Bournemouth and Portsmouth traditionally hosted games and helped engage people outside of Southampton.

Also the transport, we really need the back route to be opened asap with a link to the M27.

As for tickets, i think they compare well to football tickets. I would have however given people who bought a ticket for the sunday a voucher to come back 1/2 price on another day.
I agree with many of these comments, its ridiculous having all county games at the Rose Bowl when Basingstoke, Bournemouth and Portsmouth traditionally hosted games and helped engage people outside of Southampton. Also the transport, we really need the back route to be opened asap with a link to the M27. As for tickets, i think they compare well to football tickets. I would have however given people who bought a ticket for the sunday a voucher to come back 1/2 price on another day. sarfhamton
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