Trent Bridge to open Ashes
London - Trent Bridge will stage next year's
first Ashes Test, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday as it released a packed schedule of international cricket in
England for 2013.
The home of Nottinghamshire, Trent Bridge staged
its first international match - also between England and Australia - in 1899 and is regarded as one of the most scenic Test grounds in
Australia, looking to regain the Ashes from England,
start their tour with two four-day fixtures, against Somerset and
Worcestershire, before the opening Test in Nottingham on July 10.
series then continues at Lord's, which has traditionally staged the
second Ashes Test of an English summer, with the second of two
back-to-back Tests starting on July 18.
Australia then have a tour game against Sussex at Hove before two more back-to-back Tests.
will be at Old Trafford, the venue for the third Test as it was in 2005
when England won an Ashes series for the first time in 19 years, and
Chester-le-Street, the home of north-east county Durham, which will be
staging its first England-Australia Test match, starting on August 9.
play a two-day tour match at Northampton before the series concludes at
The Oval, in south London, where England have wrapped up victory in
their last two home Ashes campaigns in 2005 and 2009.
There is no
place in the Ashes calendar for a Test at Headingley, the headquarters
of Yorkshire and one of England's oldest international venues, but the
Leeds ground will stage one of two Test against New Zealand in May with
the other at Lord's.
In between the tours by New Zealand and
Australia, England will host the 2013 Champions Trophy, a 'mini' World
Cup where the top eight sides in 50-over cricket will be on show.
in that competition are due to take place at The Oval, Cardiff and
Edgbaston, the Birmingham headquarters of Warwickshire, which will be
without a Test next year.
For Kevin Pietersen, who announced his
retirement from limited overs internationals on Thursday, his England
season is set to end on August 25.
But the likes of Stuart Broad,
involved in all three formats, could have to keep going to September 16
when England face Australia in the fifth one-day international in
Southampton - four days later than the final international fixture in
England this year.
September will also see England travel to Malahide, near Dublin, for a one-day international against Ireland.
hold the Ashes after a 3-1 win in a five-match series in Australia in
2010/11 and ECB chief executive David Collier said Friday: "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."Ashes England v Australia:
July 10-14 - Trent Bridge
July 18-22 - Lord's
August 1-5 - Old Trafford
August 9-13 - Durham
August 21-25 - The Oval