Aug 25-29, 2017 - 2nd Test at Headingley, Leeds
England (from): Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Toby Roland-Jones, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Chris Woakes
West Indies (from): Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
I thought long and hard about which game to attend today. I came within a mouse-click of buying a £15 Test ticket but, in the end, I opted for the tranquility of a county championship game at Old Trafford.
Cost didn't really come into it, though the tram ride to OT is free and I've already paid membership. Headingley would have cost me about £27, including travel.
The clincher was that, at OT, I will be able to sit with friends, and able to talk quietly, have fun, and move around as the mood takes me. I won't have to queue for anything, nor be body-searched, bossed around by gestapo stewards or forced to sit next to someone dressed as a [fill in your own gap]. Some of my regular CC friends may well be at Headingley, but if I bought a ticket for one area I wouldn't be even allowed in to a different one. Nor would I be permitted to take photographs, not serious ones with my 400 mm lens.
If the game gets interesting, which it probably will, I will be able to watch it in comfort in the Lancs members' bar.
So, while the cricket at Headingley will be of a higher standard - but not by much - the quality of the overall watching experience will be lower.
A close judgement call, and I may have got it wrong, but that's the way I decided.