Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Headingley secures 2023 Ashes Test, Ageas Bowl misses out

Headingley secures 2023 Ashes Test, Ageas Bowl misses out

Trent Bridge - the English venue that hosted one of Australia's most embarrassing defeats - has again been overlooked for future Ashes Tests.

The home of cricket will, however, retain its two Tests per summer alongside its London neighbour, The Oval, to complete the list of six venues that will host the premier global format over the five-year cycle.

Lord's and The Oval will host newly created teams in the competition with the Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Headingley, Old Trafford, the Swalec Stadium and Trent Bridge the other grounds chosen.

In a raft of announcements detailing England's domestic and worldwide schedule between 2020 and 2024, plans for the new T20 competition were also revealed.

For Twenty20 and one-day internationals, 10 grounds, will stage matches each summer, with the six Test grounds added to by the Ageas Bowl, Cardiff, Bristol and Durham's Riverside.

Hampshire's headquarters was touted as a likely double victor in the ECB's announcement of its major match allocation for five years from 2020 to 2024.

The omission of Southampton for an Ashes Test is something of a surprise.

The ECB instead opted to stick with the hosts of the 2019 series - Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord's and Manchester's Old Trafford.

After the approval of the recommendations from an independent Host Venue Panel, led by European Central Bank deputy chairman Ian Lovett, a statement said: "They provide a strong geographical spread, high capacity for attendance, quality experience and access for the widest audience". Hosting an Ashes Test has been a long-time dream of Rod Bransgrove, Hampshire's chairman.

It's not all doom and gloom for Trent Bridge, with the ground set to take over from Lord's as the venue for the domestic one-day cup final from 2020.

"With a five-year period of worldwide and domestic cricket in prospect, as well as our New Competition being developed, there was very strong interest in hosting these events and the overall standard of submissions was excellent".

Lord's is also a notable victor from the process, retaining the right to host two Tests a year despite a reduction in the overall programme.

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