The Swalec Stadium is going to host the first Ashes Test, but don’t worry, Lord’s and The Oval have still got their Tests and that’s the main thing.
Actually, Edgbaston and Headingley have still got theirs as well. There hasn’t been a change in venue for the Ashes Tests at all – just a change in name. Sophia Gardens is now known as The Swalec Stadium in honour of everyone’s favourite utilities company.
Old Trafford losing its Ashes Test to Sophia Gardens was one thing, but to The Swalec Stadium? Come 2009, we’re going to cover the Swalec Test in a Bangladesh Under-19s kind of a way rather than an Ashes kind of a way.
That’ll show the ECB. They’ll be begging for mercy by the time England follow-on.