LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Marnus Labuschagne of Australia reacts after facing his first ball from Jofra Archer of England during day five of the 2nd Specsavers Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord's Cricket Ground on August 18, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The final of the World Test Championship in both 2023 and 2025 will remain at Lord's in England.

The inaugural version was also supposed to be played at Lord's when New Zealand took out the crown over India, but ultimately had to be moved to the Rose Bowl in Southampton amid concerns around coronavirus.

Controversy swept the move of that game, with the Southampton surface far more likely to take spin than the one at the home of cricket, although it ultimately didn't help India, with Virat Kohli's side falling to the Black Caps, who added a good memory at Lord's to go with the one in 2019 where they lost the ODI World Cup final in a super over.

Despite calls for the World Test Championship final to be movable in the future, with the higher-ranked side able to host, the ICC have confirmed the match will be played in England for at least the 2023 and 2025 cycles.

ICC Chairman Greg Barclay indicated that Lord's was preferred not only as the home of cricket, but because the final needs to be played in June, which rules out all southern hemisphere venues.

"It's June so that rules out a number of other venues and we've got to get certainty around where it's hosted," Barclay told the BBC earlier this month.

"We're out of Covid now so subject to arrangements being made and being able to be hosted out of Lord's I think that's the intention."

Pressure will continue to grow on the ICC to be flexible in deciding the host of the game, with nations in the southern hemisphere and India likely to want hosting rights in the future.