Cricket lovers, cricket widows, family, friends and sporting pundits with strong opinions are being invited to pitch-in when Nottingham Speakers’ Corner and the Nottingham Post host a high-profile public debate on the eve of the First npower Test between England and Pakistan Test Match at Trent Bridge. Entry is free but as space is limited to 350, admittance will be on a ‘first come’ basis. Go to for directions.

‘Twenty20: sounding the death-knell of Test Cricket?’ has been chosen to get fans of the great game fired-up on Wednesday 28th July ahead of England’s appearance the next day. The debate will be facilitated by keen cricket-follower and Nottingham Post deputy editor Steve Fletcher who is keen to get the audience involved as much as possible.

Contributing their opinions to the debate will be:
•    Darren Bicknell, former England, Surrey and Nottinghamshire batsman
•    Derek Brewer, CEO of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club (NCCC)
•    Amanda Bacon, Nottinghamshire batsman and county coach of U15 Girls’ squad

Steve Fletcher said: “The success of Twenty20 cricket has put the spotlight firmly on the future of Test cricket. Here in Nottinghamshire it has attracted thousands of new spectators to the game. Crowds at Trent Bridge have held up well this season, despite and we'll be asking what impact this format will have on the future of Test match cricket.