England news May 12, 2014

Cardiff hosts Ashes opener

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Cardiff will host the opening Investec Ashes Test Match next summer, reviving memories of the ground's inaugural Test in 2009 when England's last pair James Anderson and Monty Panesar clung on for a famous draw on the final day of a nervewracking Ashes encounter.

The chance to launch the series is another fillip for Cardiff, which has had mixed results with weather and attendance levels since financial support from the Welsh Assembly raised its profile as an international venue.

The city is also in contention with London and Singapore as a potential headquarters of the ICC in succession to Dubai.

The commitment to award Cardiff an Ashes was made three years ago, since when the ground's ability to implant itself as a major international venue for cricket has had a mixed reception. The city was also chosen as one of the three venues for last year's Champions Trophy.

Lord's, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge and The Oval will also stage Tests as England attempt to recover from their 5-0 mauling in Australia last winter and regain the Ashes urn. That would demand that they won a fourth successive home Ashes series following their previous triumphs in 2005, 2009 and 2013.

Confirmation of the schedule is again a sharp reminder for some of what is perceived as a creeping north-south divide in English cricket. An Ashes Test is the premier attraction in English cricket, but there are no Ashes Tests for Old Trafford, Headingley, or Chester-Le-Street - even though the first two grounds are replete in history and expensively upgraded.

The ECB disputes such a notion, stating that Chester-le-Street and Old Trafford both gained Ashes tests in 2013. "Over a long-term cycle, ECB is committed to ensuring an even spread across the nation," an ECB spokesman said.

Headingley, which is the only venue where Australia have beaten England in the past two tours, does not appear by mutual consent because Yorkshire, heavily in debt, dare not risk the financial outlay. Old Trafford chose 2013 above 2015 when presented with the choice, but it will feel its absence heavily. The city is on the up, the ground transformed, but the Australians elsewhere.

After the Ashes, England and Australia will meet in a NatWest T20 in Cardiff before five 50-over matches at the The Ageas Bowl, Lord's, Emirates Old Trafford and Headingley hosting matches in the Royal London one-day series.

New Zealand's tour of England will begin in May with tour matches against Somerset and Worcestershire before the two countries meet in Tests at Lords and Headingley. ODIs are scheduled for Edgbaston, The Oval, The Ageas Bowl, Trent Bridge and Chester-le-Street. Old Trafford hosts a T20.

New Zealand itinerary: May 8-11: Somerset, 4 days, Taunton; May 14-17: Worcestershire, 4 days, New Road; May 21-25: 1st Test, Lord's; May 29-June 2: 2nd Test, Headingley; June 6: Leicestershire, 50 overs, Grace Road; June 9: Royal London ODI (D/N), Edgbaston; June 12: ODI (D/N), Kia Oval; June 14: ODI, Ageas Bowl; June 17: ODI (D/N), Trent Bridge; June 20: ODI, Chester-le-Street; June 23: NatWest T20I (F), Old Trafford.

Australia itinerary: June 25-28, Kent, 4 days, Canterbury; July 1-4, Essex, 4 days, Chelmsford; July 8-12: Test, Swalec Stadium, Cardiff; July 16-20: 2nd Test, Lord's; July 23-25: Derbyshire, 3 days, Derby; July 29-Aug 2, 3rd Test, Edgbaston; Aug 6-10: 4th Test, Trent Bridge; Aug 14-16: Northants, 3 days, Northampton; Aug 20-24, 5th Test, The Oval: Northants, Northampton; Aug 27: Ireland, ODI, TBC; Aug 31: NatWest T20I, Swalec, Cardiff; Sep 3: Royal London ODI, Ageas Bowl; Sep 5: ODI, Lord's; Sep 8: ODI, Old Trafford; Sep 11: ODI, Headingley; Sep 13: ODI, Emirates Old Trafford.

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  • whoster on May 12, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    I'm pleased to see Cardiff get another Ashes Test. When I went there for Day 3 of the 2009 Test, it had a great atmosphere, which was helped by friendly stewards and local people who were proud to stage such a big match. Apart from that, the price of food and drink at the ground was very reasonable, and very different to the outrageous prices found at some other Test venues. Hope the weather will be kind, and that this Test will be as memorable as the one five years ago.

  • dsig3 on May 14, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Too many ashes series for me. England will be happy as they can try and make up the ground they lost last summer. I am still enjoying the sweet taste of english tears, I have enough stocked up to last another 4 years.

  • on May 14, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    The sad reality when checking comments on here and England think their cricket side will roll through this series. So sad even when NZ beats the 2nd ranked test side in the world. So sad when England are losing their way in test cricket. A lot say NZ is now a top 4-6 side. The points system only points to success in recent years. England in recent times look as bad as the 8th-9th place teams. Cough cough 5-0 Ashes! How pathetic. NZ will turn up and roll this poor declining English side. Its funny, being a kiwi who lived in England for two years and seeing how England portrays other nations. Especially Australia... They then lose 5-0, the most embarrassing test series loss in world cricket history. Jump the gun again England... See what happens. Pathetic really.

  • RandyOZ on May 13, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Another whitewash coming up; complete with Jimmy Anderson not even trying again

  • jonesy2 on May 13, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    nice starting point for another 5-0 annihilation. looking forward to it, hopefully in attendance

  • Speng on May 13, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    As a neutral I can only say enough already. 15 matches in 2 years?! Plus this summer will make India about 14 times in the last 3 years. I guess they know where their bread is buttered but I think a visit from Pakistan wouldn't be amiss. I guess you can't fault the Poms too much as they generally wedge in a lesser team but this will also be the 3rd series against NZ in 2 years (if two tests can be called a series). Given NZ's progress however England could be in for a summer of home hidings :-)

  • Beertjie on May 13, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    @landl47 on (May 12, 2014, 12:10 GMT): "all their aging players retire and the side falls apart." OK, let's see how it goes in Oz in '17-18. Buck, Pup, Watto, Hadds, Mitch, Rhino and Sidds out. That's a great many class players out but consider their likely replacements in 3 1/2 yrs: Burns/Lynn, Silk/Maddinson, Faulkner/Maxwell, Whiteman, Starc, Patto, Cummins. Methinks talk about the side falling apart is mere wishful thinking, but, hey, dream on! Could not agree more, @Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on (May 13, 2014, 0:43 GMT). I'll be there at Cardiff - first visit to the UK in 43 years! All the one-sided comments from bad losers, but I agree with the need for more tests against South Africa: nothing less than a four test series in future.

  • TheRisingTeam on May 13, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Far too many Ashes series. It may make a ton of money now but wait for the next 20 years and Ashes will lose its appeal with these countless series. I hardly see much test series between England and the likes of Pakistan, SA, Ban and Zim with eachother especially in England. Yawn.

  • Flash_hard27 on May 13, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    @Richard Paul Naylor - You know this article was written by Cricinfo not the ECB right? You need to lighten up guy.

  • on May 13, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    I came to this page from a headline link on the CricInfo home page saying "NZ England tour dates announced". Interestingly, it is only in the tenth and final paragraph of prose that NZ is even mentioned. Perhaps, though, it is a reflection of the patronising way that England see NZ only worthy of being an 'entree' to the real deal of an Ashes series, and no longer worthy of more than two tests. Don't know why they don't just play all their cricket against India and Australia and forget pretending that they care about the good of the world game.

  • whoster on May 12, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    I'm pleased to see Cardiff get another Ashes Test. When I went there for Day 3 of the 2009 Test, it had a great atmosphere, which was helped by friendly stewards and local people who were proud to stage such a big match. Apart from that, the price of food and drink at the ground was very reasonable, and very different to the outrageous prices found at some other Test venues. Hope the weather will be kind, and that this Test will be as memorable as the one five years ago.

  • dsig3 on May 14, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Too many ashes series for me. England will be happy as they can try and make up the ground they lost last summer. I am still enjoying the sweet taste of english tears, I have enough stocked up to last another 4 years.

  • on May 14, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    The sad reality when checking comments on here and England think their cricket side will roll through this series. So sad even when NZ beats the 2nd ranked test side in the world. So sad when England are losing their way in test cricket. A lot say NZ is now a top 4-6 side. The points system only points to success in recent years. England in recent times look as bad as the 8th-9th place teams. Cough cough 5-0 Ashes! How pathetic. NZ will turn up and roll this poor declining English side. Its funny, being a kiwi who lived in England for two years and seeing how England portrays other nations. Especially Australia... They then lose 5-0, the most embarrassing test series loss in world cricket history. Jump the gun again England... See what happens. Pathetic really.

  • RandyOZ on May 13, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    Another whitewash coming up; complete with Jimmy Anderson not even trying again

  • jonesy2 on May 13, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    nice starting point for another 5-0 annihilation. looking forward to it, hopefully in attendance

  • Speng on May 13, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    As a neutral I can only say enough already. 15 matches in 2 years?! Plus this summer will make India about 14 times in the last 3 years. I guess they know where their bread is buttered but I think a visit from Pakistan wouldn't be amiss. I guess you can't fault the Poms too much as they generally wedge in a lesser team but this will also be the 3rd series against NZ in 2 years (if two tests can be called a series). Given NZ's progress however England could be in for a summer of home hidings :-)

  • Beertjie on May 13, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    @landl47 on (May 12, 2014, 12:10 GMT): "all their aging players retire and the side falls apart." OK, let's see how it goes in Oz in '17-18. Buck, Pup, Watto, Hadds, Mitch, Rhino and Sidds out. That's a great many class players out but consider their likely replacements in 3 1/2 yrs: Burns/Lynn, Silk/Maddinson, Faulkner/Maxwell, Whiteman, Starc, Patto, Cummins. Methinks talk about the side falling apart is mere wishful thinking, but, hey, dream on! Could not agree more, @Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on (May 13, 2014, 0:43 GMT). I'll be there at Cardiff - first visit to the UK in 43 years! All the one-sided comments from bad losers, but I agree with the need for more tests against South Africa: nothing less than a four test series in future.

  • TheRisingTeam on May 13, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Far too many Ashes series. It may make a ton of money now but wait for the next 20 years and Ashes will lose its appeal with these countless series. I hardly see much test series between England and the likes of Pakistan, SA, Ban and Zim with eachother especially in England. Yawn.

  • Flash_hard27 on May 13, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    @Richard Paul Naylor - You know this article was written by Cricinfo not the ECB right? You need to lighten up guy.

  • on May 13, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    I came to this page from a headline link on the CricInfo home page saying "NZ England tour dates announced". Interestingly, it is only in the tenth and final paragraph of prose that NZ is even mentioned. Perhaps, though, it is a reflection of the patronising way that England see NZ only worthy of being an 'entree' to the real deal of an Ashes series, and no longer worthy of more than two tests. Don't know why they don't just play all their cricket against India and Australia and forget pretending that they care about the good of the world game.

  • on May 13, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Who will be there at the early part of the tour? Clash against IPL and can just see our top players being given dispensation.

  • disco_bob on May 13, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    @David Simon Lewisohn, I think you'll find that MJ putting the frighteners on the England squad while reducing most of them to quivering wreck was pretty exciting stuff to those who saw it.

  • Not_Another_Keybored_Expert on May 13, 2014, 0:43 GMT

    How times have changed, I remember a time not that long ago when the English couldn't wait to play against OZ, even some posters on this very site saying; why cant we play Australia every series. Now with an Ashes thumping fresh in their minds they are calling for less ashes cricket.... well I guess you have to sing when your winning and throw your toys out the pram when your not.

  • Min2000 on May 13, 2014, 0:21 GMT

    Like all teams that tour England, obviously NZL want to go to Lords -- but I'm sure they would gladly give up that venue if they could have 3 tests.

    Come on ICC... NZL needs more test cricket.

  • MarinManiac on May 12, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    Oh for the days when there was a full 9 day break between Tests.... still perfectly possible if one stops scheduling all these meaningless 1-dayers. It's also possible if one shrinks the number of ODIs post-Ashes - best of 3 ODIs is plenty -- that way one can stretch the Tests into September if needed.

  • inthebag on May 12, 2014, 23:30 GMT

    Plenty of time to get the pitches appropriately 'prepared'.

  • Robster1 on May 12, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    Getting a touch bored of yet another Ashes contest - can't England occasionally play South Africa?

  • LoungeChairCritic on May 12, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    It's fantastic to think that we will another Ashes series in 12 months time. I love watching prime time cricket (it starts at 6pm in Perth) in winter. In a perfect world it would be played every couple of years. It will be interesting to see how England go without Swan. He has been their most important player over the past 6 years. As most Australians know, replacing a champion spinner is not an easy task.

  • Smithie on May 12, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    @shillinsworth let's see what type of pitches are produced for Sri Lanka and India this summer. Given the retirement of Swann and the disasterous slump in English batting form in Aus I suspect the strategy of the new regime will be to get as much pace as possible into Test wickets for both this and the next English summer.

  • on May 12, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    too many ashes too close to each other ?

  • on May 12, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Ashes is getting boring as hell!

  • on May 12, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Absolutely disgusting itinerary for the 2015 test series in england. 3 tests in greater london, 1 in south wales, 2 in the midlands and 1 in the north. understand that all international teams want to play at lords - so why is it we have an ashes test at the oval. spread the cricket around the country!!! let everyone enjoy

  • on May 12, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    The last Eng v SA series was a REAL MATCH between 2 tough sides. Another ashes is another bore. Just to make money. Yawn.

  • on May 12, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Not another Eng v Aus. Can't they give it a rest? it gets so repetitive.

  • Batmanian on May 12, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Good to see NZ playing at Lord's. I guess five Tests is the most we can hope for for the Ashes; six makes more sense in Blighty, given the likelihood of one or two being lost to rain. Always good to see the short form fixtures at the end.

  • dogandbone on May 12, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    @goabnb94..totally agree. Why play 5 O/D... will be sick and tired of them by the end of the WC... NZ need every test they can get ,and besides that, I believe NZ will run England close.

  • shillingsworth on May 12, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    @Smithie - The pitches at Cardiff are generally 'low, slow, dry turners'. If there was any strategy, how has it 'moved on' and in what respect is this 'good for Mitch'.

  • shillingsworth on May 12, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding - There was no need for back to back Ashes, nor for the 2015 edition. The reason given for breaking the 4 year cycle was to avoid having Ashes and World Cup in the same Australian season. Defer the Ashes to 2015-16, play the next one in England in 2017 and the problem would have been solved with minimal disruption. The Olympics, crowded calendars and the like are red herrings; the real reason was the greed of the ECB and CA. I don't share your confidence that this was a one off and that they will stick to the cycle in future.

  • spot_on on May 12, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Get your umbrellas ready!

  • on May 12, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    expecting a Good contest..

  • CodandChips on May 12, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    I love the ashes, but it does seem a bit soon. Also playing New Zealand seems a bit odd.

    I would have liked South Africa to tour or Pakistan like @landl47, given that Pakistan haven't toured since 2010, and South Africa since 2012. Also South Africa are always hard to beat so and great to watch.

    Am obviously gutted that the Ageas Bowl won't be hosting a test match, but hopefully it will cause a rethink of the public transport system in and around Southampton. Cardiff, if the weather holds, is a good venue. And who can forget Panesar and Anderson?

    Durham should have got a test. It's a great ground in a beatuiful city. Also it would give a better spread of cricket around the country. And I know they're great grounds in a great city, but do we really need 3 tests and 2 ODIs in London?

  • landl47 on May 12, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    This does seem too soon to have another Ashes series after back-to-back series in 2013/4. It would have been nice to see South Africa in England again, this time for a full series of 4 or 5 tests. We haven't seen Pakistan in England for a while either, they should certainly have been given another series before New Zealand, who were in England last year.

    Australians will be delighted (Mervo clearly is) at the chance to have another go at England before all their aging players retire and the side falls apart.

  • goabnb94 on May 12, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    After the leaps and bounds made by New Zealand in the last three years, from 78 to 92 on the rankings, why are we still treated like a minnow and given only two tests? Surely England have learned from the last tour of New Zealand that we are not push overs, and the last time they played Australia (which is getting really repetitive and boring now) they got annihilated they they could use all the test practice they can get. New Zealand on the other hand needs to prove they aren't just bullies in their own backyard, so why are only two tests given? Both teams need the test practice. And it means whoever wins the first can't lose. And the ICC wonder why test cricket is declining in popularity - YOU DON'T SCHEDULE ENOUGH! Its all T20 drivel or endless Ashes series where one side rips through the other. Cut back on the ODI's, and schedule a third test.

  • YorkshirePudding on May 12, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    The only problem with Cardiff is that its usually suffers from the weather, even in July and August due to its geographic location.

    @Warm_Coffee, after 2015 the Ashes switches to the regular 4 year cycle, the only reason that I was back to back in 2013 was that there was no other space in the calendar, in 2012 the home series in the UK would have been affected by the Olympics.

  • leecoozac on May 12, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    two ashes 1 day internationals for the at Old Trafford?

  • Smithie on May 12, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Just shows the power of David Morgan three years ago. Rain statistics should count against it. Clearly the strategy has moved on from low, slow, dry turners for Swann. Good for Mitch !

  • catchoftheday on May 12, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Well said, wooster - my experiences at Cardiff for several ICC Champions Trophy matches last year were of friendly people proud to put on a big match. When I travel from Estonia to UK to watch cricket Cardiff is always at the top of my wish-list ... along with good weather for the game. I wish them all the best for the Test and T20.

  • Mervo on May 12, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Will rain and no result again. Australia will will 3-0. England are finished.

  • on May 12, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Not a huge amount for the northern cricket fan to get excited about. Would it not make sense for at least one Ashes test to be played at Old Trafford, Headingley or Chester le Street? Two will always be in London, and the other two can be from the Midlands / Wales group.

  • Puffin on May 12, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Not another 2-test series. Either one side gets pummelled 2-0, or else it's drawn and we're left wanting a decider. Ridiculous.

    And - another Ashes series - again? Has everyone else given up?

  • jb633 on May 12, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    The ashes is being overdone and is getting boring. Why not host South Africa or Pakistan

  • on May 12, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Absurd.

    Give us 3 tests against NZ, not 2. Two tests in and the series is still finding its true pitch.

    Generally it's a competitive series, obv with England having upper hand of late but FFS there aren;t that many other decent cricketing nations out there for us to simply focus on Aus or India year in year out.

    Killing cricket

  • DustyBin on May 12, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    5th Test in NORTHAMPTON...? That will delight the citizens of Wantage Road, but perhaps no one else...oh it's a typo you say..?

  • on May 12, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Dissappointed and frustrated to see just 2 tests again. If they cut out the June 6 and june 9 ODIs they could have fitted another test match in there from June 5 to 9. Heck they could have cut out the meaningless T20I and replaced that with 2 ODIs on the 22nd and 24th to bring it to 5 ODIs and 3 tests in the same time frame.

  • Warm_Coffee on May 12, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    lol Another Ashes series? it seems England basically playing Australia and India in each alternate years. Cricket needs serious globalization. Yawn.

  • sifter132 on May 12, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    The Ashes is on AGAIN next summer? Yeh, gods. The matchups were getting old this last series, seeing Peter Siddle bowl to Alastair Cook for the 10000th time is beginning to wear. Hopefully both squads are a lot different to the set that just clashed for 10 Tests, for interests sake.

  • sifter132 on May 12, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    The Ashes is on AGAIN next summer? Yeh, gods. The matchups were getting old this last series, seeing Peter Siddle bowl to Alastair Cook for the 10000th time is beginning to wear. Hopefully both squads are a lot different to the set that just clashed for 10 Tests, for interests sake.

  • Warm_Coffee on May 12, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    lol Another Ashes series? it seems England basically playing Australia and India in each alternate years. Cricket needs serious globalization. Yawn.

  • on May 12, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Dissappointed and frustrated to see just 2 tests again. If they cut out the June 6 and june 9 ODIs they could have fitted another test match in there from June 5 to 9. Heck they could have cut out the meaningless T20I and replaced that with 2 ODIs on the 22nd and 24th to bring it to 5 ODIs and 3 tests in the same time frame.

  • DustyBin on May 12, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    5th Test in NORTHAMPTON...? That will delight the citizens of Wantage Road, but perhaps no one else...oh it's a typo you say..?

  • on May 12, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Absurd.

    Give us 3 tests against NZ, not 2. Two tests in and the series is still finding its true pitch.

    Generally it's a competitive series, obv with England having upper hand of late but FFS there aren;t that many other decent cricketing nations out there for us to simply focus on Aus or India year in year out.

    Killing cricket

  • jb633 on May 12, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    The ashes is being overdone and is getting boring. Why not host South Africa or Pakistan

  • Puffin on May 12, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Not another 2-test series. Either one side gets pummelled 2-0, or else it's drawn and we're left wanting a decider. Ridiculous.

    And - another Ashes series - again? Has everyone else given up?

  • on May 12, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    Not a huge amount for the northern cricket fan to get excited about. Would it not make sense for at least one Ashes test to be played at Old Trafford, Headingley or Chester le Street? Two will always be in London, and the other two can be from the Midlands / Wales group.

  • Mervo on May 12, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Will rain and no result again. Australia will will 3-0. England are finished.

  • catchoftheday on May 12, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Well said, wooster - my experiences at Cardiff for several ICC Champions Trophy matches last year were of friendly people proud to put on a big match. When I travel from Estonia to UK to watch cricket Cardiff is always at the top of my wish-list ... along with good weather for the game. I wish them all the best for the Test and T20.