Soaking up the atmosphere at a test match game is an amazing experience worth having. Unlike most other sports, test match games take place over several days, and you’ll find the atmosphere much more relaxed and convivial than at any football or rugby match.

While the English weather can be a tad unpredictable, it’s well worth choosing a country cricket match in the height of summer, and crossing your fingers for a sunny day.

Put together some food, grab a few bottles of something sparkling and you’ll have all the fun of a picnic in the park while taking in fantastic, top-class sporting action.

Getting Tickets

Tickets for England’s games tend to be popular, but on-sale dates are advertised several weeks in advance, which should make it possible for you to select a day that’s convenient and a match that interests you.

Keep an eye on the ECB website, and you’ll be the first to know what’s happening.

Don’t Worry About Knowing The Rules!

If you’re not au fait with the rules of cricket, then don’t worry. You’ll find that plenty of the other spectators are more than happy to give you a crash course in what’s going on.

You also have plenty of time to learn as matches tend to go on over most of the working day (and can continue into the evening in the height of summer).

Fun for Everyone

Test cricket can also be a family affair; although you should make sure that your kids are keen to come with you, as it can turn into a very long day otherwise. Bring a few things to keep the kids entertained and quiet, to avoid disturbing the other spectators.

With a little planning, you’re sure of a good day out at your first test match.

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