- The ECB have announced a raft of domestic and international schedules
- Host venues for England’s new T20 competition from 2020 also revealed
- Locations for 2023 Ashes series are the same as Australia’s tour in 2019
Yorkshire and Lancashire are the major beneficiaries after the ECB announced the five Test venues for the visit of Australia in the 2023 Ashes series on Wednesday.
Headingley and Old Trafford have been selected, with regular venues Lord’s, The Oval and Edgbaston making up the rest of the five-match series.
The decision sees Trent Bridge miss out as well as extending the Ageas Bowl in Southampton’s wait for a prestigious Ashes Test.
Old Trafford has been awarded one of the five Ashes Test matches for 2023 by the ECB
Yorkshire’s Headingley ground will also host one of the prestigious Tests against Australia
All five venues for the 2023 series are the same as next year with England looking to regain the urn after tasting defeat down under earlier this winter.
In a raft of announcements detailing England’s domestic and international schedule between 2020 and 2024, plans for the new T20 competition were also revealed.
The Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord’s, Old Trafford, SWALEC Stadium and Trent Bridge will be the grounds to host a new T20 side.
The ECB further explained that the venues would be fit around ‘new partnerships’ and ‘new teams’.
The statement added: ‘Together, they provide a strong geographical spread, high capacity for attendance, quality experience and access for the widest audience.’
Edgbaston will continue to host the T20 Blast final – which will remain intact alongside the new city-based T20 competition – while Trent Bridge will host the final of the one-day tournament ahead of Lord’s.
Australia currently hold the urn after thrashing England 4-0 down under earlier this year