Rose Bowl Cricket Ground – only 3 test matches?

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: England's Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket of KL Rahul during the 4th Specsavers Test Match between England and India at The Ageas Bowl on September 2, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Super Summer

The first test match of the summer is due to take place at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Southampton. Incredibly, the stadium has hosted only three test matches to date.

The stadium is relatively new and even One-Day Internationals have only been played for a decade at the venue.

In this article, we will look at the three test matches played by England at this venue.

England vs Sri Lanka, 2011

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JUNE 20: James Anderson of England celebrates the wicket of Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka with team mates during day five of the 3rd npower Test Match between England and Sri Lanka at the Rose Bowl on June 20, 2011 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The only test match at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground which has ended in a draw. Sri Lanka batted poorly in the first innings and was bowled out for 184. Chris Tremlett was the main destroyer with six wickets.

An Ian Bell century allowed England to take a healthy first-innings lead of 193, with useful contributions from Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan.

However, a superb century by Kumar Sangakkara in the second innings denied England victory. Thilan Samaraweera also scored 87 to help see the match to a draw.

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England vs India, 2014 at The Rose Bowl Cricket Ground

England’s Moeen Ali celebrates taking the wicket of Ravindra Jadeja during Day Five of the 3rd Investec Test between England and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, UK. Photo: Ben Radford/Visionhaus (Photo by Ben Radford/Corbis via Getty Images)

Two excellent centuries from Ian Bell and Gary Ballance allowed England to dominate this fixture. They scored 569/7 in their first innings and restricted India to only 330 all out.

Five-wicket hauls from both James Anderson and Moeen Ali ensured that England won the game. They quickly scored 205/4 in their second innings, before bowling India out for 178.

James Anderson received the man-of-the-match award for his five wickets in India’s first innings.

England vs India, 2018

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: England celebrate Moeen Ali taking the wicket of India Captain Virat Kohli during the 4th Specsavers Test Match between England and India at The Ageas Bowl on September 2, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

“The beard that’s feared”.

The best test match at The Rose Bowl out of the three.

In 2018, Moeen Ali took nine wickets against India, at the same venue, to help England win a pulsating test match.

The match had ebbed and flowed due to excellent contributions from both sides and a superb pitch. Sam Curran saved England in their first innings. He top-scored with 78, when England had been reduced to 86-6 and Moeen Ali also chipped in with 40.

A fantastic century by Cheteswar Pujara helped India to a slender lead of 27 on first-innings (273 compared to 246).

Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Joe Root all batted well in England’s second innings. India was set 245 to win. They were looking on-track to level the series due to half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane until Moeen Ali struck to remove both.

His 4-wicket haul helped England to a scintillating victory and a series win.

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