The Telegraph – To stroll around Headingley, where Test cricket has been played since 1899, is to glimpse the ground’s storied history.

Summary

  • Mostly, it has been lumbered with the wrong Tests at the wrong time of year – and, too often, the same matches.
  • Headingley hosted New Zealand in 2013 and 2015, and Sri Lanka in 2014 and 2016; three of these Tests begun in May, with one as early as May 19.
  • Over the last decade, the two most northernmost Test grounds have repeatedly been handed England’s least attractive Tests – and at the time of year when they are least able to sell them.
  • All of this reached a nadir in 2016, when England’s summer began with consecutive Tests at Headingley and Chester-le-Street, beginning on May 19 and then May 27.
  • What transpired was sadly predictable: England thrashed Sri Lanka twice, exploiting the most extreme example of home advantage in English Test match cricket.


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