TOUR MATCH: Sussex to welcome Australia to The PROBIZ County Ground01-Jun-2012
Sussex to welcome Australia to The PROBIZ County Ground
Friday 1st June 2012
Sussex County Cricket Club are delighted to announce that they will be hosting the Australians once again when they tour England for the next Ashes series in 2013.
The Aussies began their 2009 tour at Hove and will this time visit The PROBIZ County Ground for a three-day match between Friday 26th and Sunday 28th July 2013.
It will mean that Australia have visited Hove in three out of their last four Ashes tours and their new-look side will be aiming to win back the Urn for the first time on English soil since 2001, with the match against Sussex no doubt proving crucial to their preparations.
The drawn match in 2009 could have nearly seen a famous win for Sussex who after being set a target of 418 to win the match, had Carl Hopkinson (115) and Michael Yardy (67) to thank for pushing them close to the target before the match was called a draw at 373 for 7.
The crowd for that match three years ago totalled nearly 25,000 across the four days and the County will be aiming to match that success next summer, particularly with the new facilities having given the ground a fresh look since their last visit. Details for ticketing, and hospitality options for the match in the BrightonandHoveJobs.com Boundary Rooms, will be formally announced in due course.
Sussex’s Chief Executive Dave Brooks said, “We are delighted to welcome Australia back to our new look PROBIZ County Ground for a fantastic weekend of cricket which will form the highlight of the season for many of our supporters.
“Watching Australia at Hove gives spectators the chance to get so much closer than they can at a major Test venue and offers a unique experience for them, and also for the players aswell.