The Ashes: England vs Australia 4th Test a 'dream come true' for Durham

Although it has now played hosts to four Tests in all, including two against the West Indies, to be part of Ashes history is a major milestone for Durham.

updated: August 08, 2013 21:19 IST
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Chester-le-Street: When the toss for the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia at Chester-le-Street takes place on Friday, it will represent the culmination of a dream decades in the making.

Northeast side Durham, based at Chester-le-Street, only became a first-class county in 1992, with the ground, in the shadow of the 14th century Lumley Castle, making its senior debut three years later.

Yet by 1999, the picturesque ground on the banks of the River Wear was staging World Cup matches and in 2003 Chester-le-Street became England's first new Test venue since 1902 with the visit of Zimbabwe.

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