Next month is not only set to bring the return of Test cricket but also, hopefully, the long-awaited return of England fans inside stadiums.

While last summer’s red-ball contests against the West Indies and Pakistan were brilliant, there is no doubt that they were missing one key ingredient – an engaged and passionate crowd.

We know that many of you are as excited to get back roaring England on from the stands as we are and with the opportunity to do exactly that now nearly within reach, we’ve restarted one of our favourite feature series.

The diverse and majestic locations that our great sport is played at around the globe is one of the things that makes it so special, and we love picking the brains of people that love the game to find out which grounds they love.

We’ve spoken to the likes of Sir Alastair Cook, our co-founder Paul Burnham, and Durham’s own Mark Wood in the past.

So, when Matt Parkinson joined us for Barmy TV recently, we couldn’t resist asking the England and Lancashire leggy to give us his top three…

Old Trafford, Manchester

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“My top one is Old Trafford. It’s my local ground and I watched there a lot when I was a boy. I even liked the old Old Trafford before they turned it into the mega-stadium. I wish I’d have played there actually before they changed it.

“I’m very fortunate to have it as my home ground. The facilities are unbelievable and the Point is awesome as well. That would be my number one.”

Nelson, New Zealand

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“A weird one but Nelson, in New Zealand is my number two.

“Quite a quaint ground with a bit of a club cricket feel. It’s set in the mountains. I made my T20 debut there and it’s absolutely gorgeous. That would be number two.

“Middle of nowhere but it was really nice.”

Newlands, Cape Town

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“I was 12th man when Stokesy ripped through them in that Test match and Zak (Crawley) took that catch one-handed.

“That would be number three. Cape Town is awesome as well, so when you win a Test match and go out for a beer it’s unbelievable.”

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