Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord’s and Manchester’s Old Trafford have been given the nod as the five grounds that will host the Ashes in 2023.
They are the same five grounds that will be hosting the 2019 Ashes, as the ECB has locked in its venues for all three formats of the game for their international men’s matches between 2020-2024.
The Ageas Bowl in Southampton was widely tipped to be one of the five hosts, but was a noticeable omission.
However, Sophia Gardens in Cardiff and Nottinghamshire’s Trent Bridge have also been omitted, having hosted an Ashes test in 2015, the last time Australia toured England for the Ashes.
Trent Bridge will still host Test matches in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2024 but won’t stage an Ashes Test match in the next two series’.
This is a relief for the Aussies, as they will avoid the venue after the events last time they played an Ashes Test there, having been dismissed for 60 in just under an hour, with Stuart Broad taking 8-15.
The last time Australia played an Ashes Test at Old Trafford, the match ended in a rain effected draw in 2013, while Headingly hasn’t hosted an Ashes Test since 2009.
Lord’s and The Oval are grounds that Australia have had success on, claiming Test victories in 2015 on both ovals.
The ECB announced that Trent Bridge will take over from Lord’s as the venue for the domestic one-day cup final from 2020, while Gloucestershire, Durham, Glamorgan and Hampshire will all host England one-day internationals.
The ECB also confirmed that Southampton’s Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Headingly, The Oval, Lord’s, Old Trafford, Sophia Gardens and Trent Bridge will be the hosts of the new team featuring in the new city-based T20 competition.