THE very pinnacle of cricket will be on your doorstep this August when England entertain India at Emirates Old Trafford for the Fourth Investec Test Match, from Thursday, August 7 to Monday, August 11.
And you could be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets for the first day of the match by answering a simple question.
It promises to be a sizzling affair with India returning to Manchester to play a Test for the first time since 1990.
Back then, a young Sachin Tendulkar announced his arrival on the big stage with his maiden Test century.
A lot has happened since then: The ‘Little Master’ went on to receive acclaim as arguably the greatest batsman of all time, notching a century of international centuries in the process, while Emirates Old Trafford transformed into one of world’s greatest cricket venues which hosted an Ashes Test match last summer in front of a sold-out crowd.
While Sachin may have retired, his legacy in the Indian team remains. Inspirational captain and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni leads the side, backed up by the supreme batting talent of Virat Kohli, while the likes of Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan and Ravichandran Ashwin will be hungry for wickets.
Lancashire’s own Jimmy Anderson will spearhead the England attack and will be on the hunt to surpass Sir Ian Botham’s Test record of 383 wickets. It would be fitting if he achieved this on his home ground.
The Lancashire connection doesn’t end there. Head coach Peter Moores will return to the ground where he enjoyed a successful four-year spell as Lancashire County Cricket Club’s coach.
Tickets for this Test Match start from just £30 for adults and £15 for children under the age of 16, while a family ticket package of two adults and two children is priced from £90, and can be bought by visiting lccc.co.uk/tickets or by calling the 24-hour hotline on 08 444 999 666*.
*Calls cost 5p per minute from a BT landline other networks and mobiles will vary.
Messenger has five pairs of tickets for the first day of the Test and to be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question.
Sachin Tendulkar recorded his highest Test Match score of 248 not out in 2004 against which team?
Email your answers to email@example.com or post them to Messenger Newspapers, Alexander House, 94 Talbot Road, Old Trafford, Stretford, M16 0PG. Please put cricket competition in the subject line of your emails.
Entries should arrive by 4pm on Friday, July 11.