Monday 4 August 2014 

Grenada To Host West Indies-England Test

Fans watch an international in Grenada
Grenada will host England for a Test match for the first time
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The National Cricket Stadium in Grenada will host an England Test match for the first time when the second of three Tests against the West Indies is played there in April.

England will also take on the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua and the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

The team will arrive in the West Indies and play a brace of two-day warm-up games in Saint Kitts before heading to Antigua for the first Test, which begins on 13th April.

Grenada will then host them from 21st to 25th April and the series concludes in Barbados, with the final Test starting on 1st May.

The three venues have been awarded the Tests following a bidding process put in place by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).

"We thank the West Indies Cricket Board for their assistance with the organisation of the tour and we know the venues will prove extremely popular with the thousands of cricket lovers who follow England to the Caribbean," Paul Downton, Managing Director England Cricket, said.

"It will also be exciting for many to visit the new venue of Grenada for the first time," he added.

England last toured the Caribbean to play Test cricket in 2009, when they lost a five-match series 1-0, but have subsequently played One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals in the West Indies.

They won the ICC World Twenty20 in Barbados in 2010, and were most recently in Antigua and Barbados to play three ODIs and three Twenty20s ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 earlier this year.

In 65 Tests between the two sides in the West Indies, the home side has won 24, England have won 13 and there have been 28 draws.

West Indies v England 2015

6th-7th April: warm-up, St Kitts
8th-9th April: warm-up, St Kitts

13th-17th April: 1st Test, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
21st-25th April: 2nd Test, Grenada National Cricket Stadium, Grenada
1st-5th May: 3rd Test, Kensington Oval, Barbados

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