The dates and locations for the 2023 Men’s and Women’s Ashes have finally been revealed.
On Wednesday night AEST, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that the men’s Ashes will start at Trent Bridge on June 22, with the five Test series ending in London the following month.
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Australia, who beat England 4-0 at home last summer, are hoping to win the Ashes in England for the first time since 2001.
But in a 138-year first for the iconic series, no Ashes Men’s Test will be played in August, ensuring England players are available for The Hundred competition.
Inevitably, the ECB’s decision to squeeze the sport’s prestigious competition into a seven-week window to host a national white-ball tournament has not gone down well with cricket traditionalists.
The Ashes’ grueling schedule also leaves little wiggle room for traditional tour matches against county outfits.
Meanwhile, the Women’s Ashes Test will take place over five days at Trent Bridge, just the second Women’s Test match of this length in history.
After the corresponding 2019 match, which was played at a used ground in Taunton, ended in a draw, cricket pundits pleaded for the Women’s Test matches to be extended to five days, and those prayers went fortunately were granted.
“I’m so happy,” said England captain Heather Knight Pennsylvania.
“I feel like I’ve been drumming for five days for a long time, so it’s a special time. It feels like the right time, for five days, for a bigger pitch, and I have the feels like it’s been a long time. Last year’s South Africa test was well organized but deteriorated due to rain and didn’t have a chance to finish, so it’s a very good stage by the boards.
The Women’s Ashes will once again consist of a multi-format series featuring three T20Is, three ODIs and a test match, with the champion to be determined via a points system.
“The Ashes series is among the most important sporting events in world sport and we look forward to these highly anticipated competitions in England next year,” Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said in a statement.
“There is no greater challenge than keeping the Ashes away from home. Our teams are very excited as they seek to enshrine themselves in Ashes folklore.
“While these series are on the horizon, we are delighted for the cricket which is immediately shaping up this summer as our men’s side welcome England through two highly anticipated series Dettol T20I and ODI on either side of the T20 World Cup.”
Calendar of female ashes 2023
22-26 June — Test match | Trent Bridge, Nottingham
July 1 — First T20I | Edgbaston, Birmingham
July 5 — Second T20I | The Oval, London
July 8 — Third T20I | Lord’s, London
July 12 — First ODI | County Ground, Bristol
July 16 — Second ODI | The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
July 18 — Third ODI | County Land, Taunton
Calendar of male ashes 2023
June 16 to June 20 — First test | Edgbaston, Birmingham
June 28 to July 2 — Second test | Lord’s, London
July 6 to July 10 — Third test | Headingley, Leeds
July 19 to July 23 — Fourth test | Old Trafford, Manchester
July 27 to July 31 — Fifth test | The Oval, London
Originally published as Ashes 2023 series dates and locations finally revealed