Australia in England 2013 June 1, 2012

Trent Bridge to host first Test of 2013 Ashes

ESPNcricinfo staff

England will begin their 2013 defence of the Ashes with back-to-back Tests at Trent Bridge and Lord's in July, while Australia will play a first Test at Durham's Chester-le-Street ground in the fourth match of the series. The ECB has announced the schedules for Australia's tour next year, as well as the visit of New Zealand earlier in the summer and the itinerary for the ICC Champions Trophy.

The ECB has also confirmed that Lord's will host the first New Zealand Test in 2013, instead of Cardiff. Lord's had previously stepped in to host West Indies last month, after Glamorgan were late in making payments for the Cardiff Test between England and Sri Lanka in 2011.

The 2013 series between England and Australia will kick off a run of 15 Ashes Tests within a two-year period. The third match will see Test cricket return to Old Trafford for the first time since 2010, while the series will conclude at the traditional venue of the The Oval.

David Collier, the ECB's chief executive, said: "The prospect of England defending the Ashes on home soil, the world's top eight teams competing in the ICC Champions Trophy, and a full programme of 50-over and T20 international cricket will provide rich pickings for cricket fans next summer.

"Last season's international programme attracted a record aggregate attendance of more than 850,000 spectators and we would urge all fans to purchase their international tickets early for 2013 to avoid missing out on what promises to be a memorable summer."

The next Ashes in Australia will take place immediately after in 2013-14 - meaning the two teams will effectively play ten Tests in a row - to avoid a clash with the 2015 World Cup, which will be held in Australia. England are then expected to host the Ashes again in 2015, before the series reverts back to its usual four-year cycle.

Australia will begin their preparations next summer with two four-day games, against Somerset and Worcestershire, and they will play Sussex in a three-day match at Hove between the second and third Tests. An ODI against Scotland in Edinburgh has also been scheduled ahead of the one-day series with England.

Several grounds that missed out on hosting Ashes Tests in 2013 have been awarded limited-overs fixtures, which will take place after the Test series. Hampshire's West End stadium will be the venue for a T20I and the fifth ODI, Edgbaston will host the third ODI and Cardiff the fourth. Cardiff, which had been due to host a 2013 Test between England and New Zealand, has instead been named as one of the three venues for the Champions Trophy.

"Wales has earned an outstanding reputation for its ability to deliver world-class sporting events and we are delighted that Cardiff will be used as a host venue for the ICC Champions Trophy and stage a semi-final," Collier said. "Cardiff was originally scheduled to stage next summer's first Test match against New Zealand and following further discussions between ECB, Glamorgan and MCC, this match will now be played at Lord's. We are grateful to both parties for their co-operation in this matter."

An ODI between Ireland and England at the redeveloped Malahide Cricket Club ground has also been announced for September 2013.

2013 Australia tour of England and Ashes schedule

June 26-29, four-day game v Somerset Taunton
July 2-5, four-day game v Worcestershire New Road
July 10-14, first Test Trent Bridge
July 18-22, second Test Lord's
July 26-28, three-day game v Sussex Hove
August 1-5, third Test Old Trafford
August 9-13, fourth Test Chester-le-Street
August 16-17, two-day game v Northamptonshire* Northampton*
August 21-25, fifth Test The Oval
August 29, first T20 international (D/N) West End
August 31, second T20 international Chester-le-Street
September 3, ODI Scotland v Australia Edinburgh
September 6, first ODI Headingley
September 8, second ODI Old Trafford
September 11, third ODI (D/N) Edgbaston
September 14, fourth ODI Cardiff
September 16, fifth ODI (D/N) West End

* If Northamptonshire reach the Friends Life t20 final, England Lions will host Australia at Northampton in a two-day fixture on August 16-17

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  • Mathew on June 4, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Deep_Point. Agree with your comments but you forget Aus now has 2 young bowlers that looked good against no-bodies on friendly surfaces before they got injured lol. Aus experts say they have a problem with the swinging ball like Eng have a problem with spin, so looking at the 2 attacks who do you think is going to struggle? Clarke really has to perform in Eng for Aus to have anything other than an embarressment. Will Ponting/Hussey still be alive/playing when the next ashes come round?

  • Mathew on June 4, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I have to agree with some comments here about Ashes overkill. Part of the joy of watching the ashes is that it comes round every 2 years or so and the tension is built up. Beating the Aussies 3 series in a row will become tiresome. Eng/Ind/Aus seem to be playing far too much test cricket, would love to see SA/Pak play more. Mind you putting it up the Aussies might not get that tiedious I suppose.

  • Matt on June 4, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Great schedule and definitely playing to England's strengths with the ground selections there. Off to a flyer in Nottingham..! In fact I can't see how Australia are even going to create a challenge to England (in England) based on the squad. All the talk of "promising" and "raw talent" doesn't add up to anything when they cross the rope; Fact is, they simply aren't good enough. They lack stand-out players right down the list (with the exception of Michael Clarke, who right now would walk into any side, but 3 years ago has a truly disasterous tour of England). Dodgy openers, dodgy (and old) middle order, dodgy keepers, mis-firing seam attack, spinners who can't spin the ball on anything other than a crumbling strip. However, despite this, I can still see Glenn McGrath handing out his stock (and now embarrassing) "whitewash" predictions. The urn is going nowhere.

  • Anupam on June 3, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    if lyon and harris will play in the playing 11 then england must winl the ashes actually whitewash.lyon will definateky take the wicket of anderson (doubt) because he would not even took the wicket of umesh yadav. beer is better than lyon.

  • stuart on June 3, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Seems a shame to play the Aussies so much but suppose it is a chance to inflate the English players averages.Anderson vs that top 3 is not even going to be funny.They are going to be 3 down for very little time after time.

  • j on June 3, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    RandyOz, might be an idea to check out what's REALLY going on. First stop, check out Anderson's bowling averages at Trent Bridge and in the last 3 years - and weep.

  • Randolph on June 3, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    @yorkshirematt - would be great to meet some fellow cricinfo posters and share a beer (with some banter no doubt!) Will let you know all know where im sitting!

  • Dummy4 on June 3, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    Australia are currently ranked no.3. They play hard tough cricket. Michael Clarke has rallied his troops, they've finally found a spinner who can take wickets in Lyon, they've uncovered a lot of raw talent in their young fast bowlers in particular Pattinson, Cummins and Starc. The experienced of Hifenhaus, Harris and Siddle have established themselves as potent strike bowlers. They have an exciting opener in Warner, a strong middle order in Ponting, Clarke and Hussey, an emerging wicket keeper in Wade. Of course Aussie fans have the right to be excited thinking it is their best chance to take back the ashes back to back. Problem is only the best XI will be selected, that will come down to Inverarity and his men.

  • Keith on June 3, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Dreadful overkill of The Ashes, no matter who you support. And why does this Champions Trophy have to keep going? No-one seems to want it, except the ICC.

  • Jay on June 2, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculous scheduling of a boring format of cricket. Back to back Ashes ? no thank you. I hope God takes pity on followers of 'pest' cricket.

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