Cricket - Champions Trophy: a hidden gem

Edgbaston will prove a fitting venue to end the last-ever ICC Champions Trophy when it hosts the final of the eight-team event next summer.

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That is the view of Steve Elworthy, the tournament's director, speaking as the Birmingham ground was confirmed as one of three to host the competition's finale in England and Wales in June 2013.

As well as the showpiece final of the 50-over event, which is for the best eight international teams in world cricket, Warwickshire CC's stadium will also host England's opener against old foes Australia.

"The redevelopment they have done there is unbelievable," said Elworthy.

"If you look over the last summer we have just had the reports, the comments about the state of the stadium, and the fantastic build they have just put together, and it is testimony to their work.

"We have seen some incredible finishes there, some of the greatest Test matches, one-dayers and Twenty20 matches around for a long time, so it is an incredible venue.

"We are looking forward to hosting the final at Edgbaston. It is a fantastic venue right now."

See the best 8 teams in one day international cricket take part in the ICC Champions Trophy in June 2013 - tickets for The Oval, Cardiff and Edgbaston are on sale on Nov 5 at icc-cricket.com (pre-registration open now).

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