Old Trafford will hosts an Ashes Test in 2023
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl has once again been overlooked as a host venue for an Ashes Test as Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord’s and Old Trafford were chosen as the sites for the 2023 series.
The ground near to Southampton has only previously staged two Tests – against Sri Lanka in 2011 and India in 2014 – and missed out on selection for the 2019 series between England and Australia.
Hampshire were widely expected to be named as one of the five hosts to welcome Australia in five years’ time but join Glamorgan’s SWALEC Stadium and Nottinghamshire’s Trent Bridge as the conspicuous absentees.
However, all eight venues have been named as hosts for the England and Wales Cricket Board’s city-based Twenty20 franchise competition which is set to begin in 2020.
The ECB’s decision means the five Ashes venues for 2023 will be the same ones that are used in 2019.
Nottinghamshire’s Trent Bridge will host Test matches in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2024 but will not stage an Ashes Test in either of the next two series.
The Nottingham ground will, however, take over from Lord’s as the venue for the domestic One-Day Cup final from 2020, the ECB has confirmed.
Gloucestershire, Durham, Glamorgan and Hampshire will all host England one-day internationals at their grounds throughout the five-year period, with the latter two also set to stage T20 internationals.
Source : TalkSport