Headingley or hell?

July 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm Leave a comment

Headingley Stadium has not been a happy home for the England cricket team over recent years.

The Yorkshire ground is one of the most characteristic in the country, and has hosted decades of memorable matches both in the domestic game and on the international stage.

It has been a regular ground for England since the war, yet Friday’s washout comes as a big blow to its status as an international set-up, or so say members of the cricket odds community

For Headingley Stadium is currently trying to keep its head above water, while other cricket grounds around the country rise from the deep.

Hampshire, Old Trafford and Durham are all staking a place for international plaudits on the back of Test matches next summer.

The cancellation of England’s third and final ODI against the West Indies therefore comes as a big blow in the struggle to prove a desirable ground for hosting further events.

Although ECB schedulers would never look at such a thing when deciding which stadiums England should play in, the national team don’t have a particularly good record on the Yorkshire wicket.

England have won just two of five ODIs and two of four Tests at Headingley since reclaiming the Ashes in 2005.

Two more ODIs were abandoned due to appalling Leeds weather, and Friday’s recent washout must leave schedulers wondering why they should bother with the ground.

Headingley’s biggest misfortune was during the 2009 Ashes series, when the Aussies defied piled misery on the hosts.

Hosting the fourth Test, England knew a victory would seal the series and erase the embarrassment of their tour in 2006/7.

However, an uncompleted new pavilion and three days of Australian cricketing wonderment soon wiped away years of work to get the stadium up to scratch.

England moved on and forgot about that dud Test.

This summer England will once again move on to sunnier climes, leaving another unfortunate, sodden Headingley to desperately hope the ECB will keep returning.

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