Durham to host Ashes Test

No Headingley or Rose Bowl in next two series against Australia

Last Updated: 24/09/11 5:23pm

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Durham's Chester-le-Street ground will host its first Ashes Test in 2013, the England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed.

The ECB revealed the venues for the next two home series against Australia - in 2013 and 2015.

There is no place for Headingley or the Rose Bowl on either list but Lord's, Trent Bridge and the Oval all feature for both series.

The 2013 roster is completed by Chester-le-Street and Old Trafford, while in 2015 there are Ashes Tests for Edgbaston and Cardiff.

The ECB delivered the independent major match group's decision on Thursday afternoon, not just on which venues will stage the next two Ashes series but also many other international fixtures between 2013 and 2016.

Investment

"There will now be a period of certainty for these venues, although we appreciate that some venues may be disappointed not to have obtained a better package of matches."
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For Nottinghamshire in particular, the revenue they can expect from England-Australia Tests is vindication of millions spent on upgrading facilities at Trent Bridge and presenting a compelling case.

Cardiff, which staged the first Test of England's home Ashes series victory in 2009, incurred significant losses over this summer's rainy five days against Sri Lanka.

Glamorgan can therefore be encouraged at remaining in the Ashes picture but Yorkshire's historic Headingley home and Hampshire's much-admired Rose Bowl development must content themselves with one-day internationals against Australia and Tests which host other tourists.

Bristol, meanwhile, has not been awarded any international match against Australia but will host New Zealand, India and Sri Lanka in ODIs.

The major match group is chaired by Lord Bill Morris, who explained the decision-making process. "Lord's is the home of cricket and demonstrated to the major match group its unique iconic status and the exceptional benefits which staging major matches at Lord's can bring to the game.

"The MMG also noted the MCC's commitment to further develop the facilities at Lord's as well as the significant support which MCC provides to university and community cricket in England and Wales and the game around the world.

"As a result of these exceptional characteristics, Lord's has been awarded the 'platinum package'."

Quality

Lord Morris added his personal congratulation to those who have bid successfully, and commiserations with others, as he said: "There will now be a period of certainty for these venues, although we appreciate that some venues may be disappointed not to have obtained a better package of matches."

ECB chairman Giles Clarke added: "The quality of the submissions made by the venues was outstanding and reflects the importance to regions as well as venues in staging major matches.

"The awards for the next five-year period will enable counties to review and where necessary revise their business plans with the certainty of their match programme over a substantial period of time."

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2013 Ashes: Lord's, Trent Bridge, Old Trafford, the Oval, Chester-le-Street
2015 Ashes: Lord's, Trent Bridge, Cardiff, Edgbaston, the Oval
2012 Test series v West Indies: Lord's, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston
2012 Test series v South Africa: Lord's, The Oval, Headingley
2013 Test series v New Zealand: Cardiff, Headingley
2014 Test series v Sri Lanka: Lord's, Headingley
2014 Test series v India: Lord's, Trent Bridge, Old Trafford, the Oval, Rose Bowl
2015 Test series v New Zealand: Lord's, Headingley
2016 Test series v Pakistan: Lord's, Old Trafford, Edgbaston, the Oval
2016 Test series v Sri Lanka: Lord's, Chester-le-Street, Headingley
2012 ODIs v Australia: Lord's, Old Trafford, Edgbaston, the Oval, Chester-le-Street
2012 ODIs v South Africa: Lord's, Trent Bridge, Cardiff, the Oval, Rose Bowl
2012 ODIs v West Indies: the Oval, Rose Bowl, Headingley
2013 ODIs v Australia: Old Trafford, Cardiff, Edgbaston, Rose Bowl, Headingley
2013 ODIs v New Zealand: Lord's, Trent Bridge, The Oval, Rose Bowl, Bristol
2014 ODIs v Sri Lanka: Lord's, Old Trafford, Edgbaston, the Oval, Chester-le-Street
2014 ODIs v India: Trent Bridge, Cardiff, Edgbaston, Bristol, Headingley
2015 ODIs v Australia: Lord's, Old Trafford, Chester-le-Street, Rose Bowl, Headingley
2015 ODIs v New Zealand: Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, the Oval, Chester-le-Street, Rose Bowl
2016 ODIs v Pakistan: Lord's, Trent Bridge, Cardiff, Rose Bowl, Headingley
2016 ODIs v Sri Lanka: Trent Bridge, Cardiff, Edgbaston, the Oval, Bristol
2012 T20 internationals v South Africa: Old Trafford, Edgbaston, Chester-le-Street
2012 T20 international v West Indies: Trent Bridge
2013 T20 internationals v Australia: Chester-le-Street, Rose Bowl
2014 T20 international v Sri Lanka: the Oval
2014 T20 international v India: Chester-le-Street
2015 T20 international v Australia: Cardiff
2015 T20 international v New Zealand: Old Trafford
2016 T20 international v Pakistan: Old Trafford
2016 T20 international v Sri Lanka: Rose Bowl.

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