Five! A full five!
This would appear to be the upside to the fact that Test cricket is pretty much only played by England, Australia and India these days. We finally get a full length series that isn’t the Ashes. When did that last happen?
No, really – when? We can’t be bothered doing the research.
There will be three Tests in the South-East and two in the rest of the UK. Feel free to have an argument about that in the comments.
We propose that all future Tests be played near the birthplaces of British-born Test cricketers who would be in the first XI at the time the fixtures were agreed. That currently gives us a surprisingly broad choice of Gloucester, Sheffield, Coventry, Bradford, Nottingham, Northampton, Burnley and either Pontefract or Watford, depending on whether Tim Bresnan or Steven Finn gets the nod.
These places have earned the right to host Tests. Everywhere else clearly doesn’t love cricket enough to be considered.
Update: With six days the longest gap between Tests, fans attending the later matches will be delighted at the prospect of seeing several of each nation’s best cricketers.