50th Edgbaston Test: Andrew Strauss, Bob Willis and Ted Dexter on their memories of the ground
Last Updated: 17/08/17 6:03pm
While England's clash with the Windies this week is the first day-night Test in the UK, it is the 50th Test to be hosted at Edgbaston.
As part of the ground's celebrations for reaching the milestone, a number of former England players were invited onto the field during the lunch interval on day one.
David Gower was among them and he was able to grab a few words with three of his fellow ex-England stars, who shared their memories of playing at the famous old ground.
Ted Dexter played for England between 1958 and 1968, scoring nine Test centuries, including a knock of 180 against Australia at Edgbaston in 1961.
"I was very lucky," he said. "Some guys get a start but don't get the luck. I had the luck to play here, last innings with a lovely flat pitch and it wasn't the greatest Australian attack - there wasn't a Dennis Lillee or Thommo [Jeff Thomson] around.
"One of the main differences to now is that we didn't have sightscreens at one end - the members in the pavilion didn't want a sightscreen between them and the game!"
Bob Willis, meanwhile, turned out at Edgbaston for both Warwickshire and England and recalls two particular games from the early 1980s.
"Very fond memories, indeed," said the former England paceman. "In Test match cricket, two memorable moments stand out: a last wicket partnership with Bob Taylor against the 1982 Pakistanis where I came out to bat after tea without my bat.
"And, of course the great 1981 Ashes Test match here when I soften up the opposition for Ian Botham to mop them up with figures of 5-1 - great times!"
Andrew Strauss has played at the ground in more recent times and believes the support England receive at Edgbaston is "unique".
"There is a unique atmosphere here," said the ECB Director of Cricket. "Certainly in the afternoon when the Hollies Stand gets going - it's quite extraordinary.
"It's an amazing place to play, the Ashes in 2005 being the real highlight for me. The incredible, intense atmosphere of that final afternoon against Australia hasn't been matched anywhere in the world that I've played."