Swann: Durham Ashes Test will be ‘huge’ for Wearside

England cricketer Graeme Swann with Lady Elsie Robson and her son Paul Robson in Durham City supporting the Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Auction.
England cricketer Graeme Swann with Lady Elsie Robson and her son Paul Robson in Durham City supporting the Sir Bobby's Breakthrough Auction.
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ASHES fever is hotting up ahead of Friday’s historic Test match at Chester-le-Street.

And king of spin Graeme Swann has been in County Durham speaking about his excitement of “getting another one over on Australia”.

Graeme and his England team-mates made sure the famous urn will stay in England after drawing the third Test in Manchester this week to secure the series.

But with two games still left to play, the bowler is hoping thousands of North-East cricket fans will help roar his side to victory in the first ever Ashes test at Durham’s Emirates International Ground.

It’s thought that the region’s economy will benefit by at least £20million by staging the match.

“We haven’t won the series outright, and with it being the first Ashes test in Durham, it’s going to be huge,” said Graeme, who is the leading wicket taker in this year’s matches.

“Chester-le-Street has only been a first-class ground for about 16 years, and it’s massive for the North East and for Durham to be given recognition for their success.”

The Notts bowler was at the Raddison Blu Hotel, on the banks of the River Wear, as he helped launch a new auction in aid of legendary football boss Sir Bobby Robson’s cancer charity.

Taking place in October, the auction hopes to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to help fight the deadly illness.

Auction prizes already confirmed for 2013 include a VIP trip to next year’s F1 in Monaco by private jet, with more lots soon to be announced at www.sirbobbysbreakthrough.com.

l Durham Police have announced a number of traffic measures for this week’s Test match.

Signs will direct drivers as to which lanes to take from the Blind Lane interchange where the A167 meets the A1 at Chester-le-Street. Closer to the stadium at the Riverside, a dedicated drop-off point for cars, minibuses and taxis will be situated in the existing hard-standing car park on the north east side of the A167.

A drop-off point for coaches will operate in a coned area of the nearside lane of the dual carriageway from the ground to the B1284.

A park and ride service will also run as an alternative for spectators having to use their own cars.

It will operate from the former garden centre site at Lambton Estates, with buses setting off to the ground along the A183 Burnmoor and the A1052 towards the ground.