ECB announces the schedule for the Ashes 2023 series which is slated to begin with Men’s Ashes series on June 16. The first Test of the Ashes will be played at Edgbaston while the last Test of the series will be played on July 27 at the Oval. While Lord’s Headingley & Old Trafford will host the three matches in between. The venues chosen for all the five-match Ashes series are the same that have hosted Ashes 2019.
The Women’s Ashes 2023 will begin on Junes 22 with one five-day Test match at Trent Bridge. This will be the first-ever five-day Test match for England Women’s team on their home turf. After the Test match, England & Australia will play three ODIs and three T20Is – the last of which will be played on July 18. Edgbaston, Lord’s, and the Oval will host women’s Ashes T20Is for the first time.
“The Ashes series are among the most significant sporting events in world sport and we are looking forward to these highly anticipated contests in England next year, Cricket Australia,” CEO Nick Hockley said.
“There is no bigger challenge than retaining the Ashes away from home. There is huge excitement from our teams as they look to write themselves into Ashes folklore.
Meanwhile, Australia will also tour England for a T20I series earlier next month in view of the preparation of the T20 World Cup Down Under. Following the multi-team event, Australia will then host England for a three-match Dettol ODI Series in Adelaide (November 17), Sydney (November 19), and Melbourne (November 22).
England will host Ireland before Ashes 2023
Before the Ashes 2023, England will host Ireland for a four-day Test match at Lord’s beginning on June 1, 2023. The two sides have earlier featured in a Test at Lord’s in 2019. England will also host Ireland in three home ODIs – at Headingley, Trent Bridge, and Bristol – from September 20 to 26.
“As a player, there’s no doubt that Test cricket is the absolute pinnacle of our sport. We were fortunate to play a Test against England at Lord’s back in 2019 – which was a memorable occasion for players and fans alike – so the news that we will be returning to play at Lord’s next year is very welcome,” Ireland Test skipper Andrew Balbirnie said.
Further ECB confirmed that the 2023 World Test Championship final will be held at the Oval in June, while 2025 final will be hosted by Lord’s.
Men’s Ashes Series
Friday, June 16-Tuesday June 20: 1st Test, England Men v Australia Men, Edgbaston
Wednesday, June 28-Sunday July 2: 2nd Test, England Men v Australia Men, Lord’s
Thursday, July 6-Monday July 10: 3rd Test, England Men v Australia Men, Headingley
Wednesday, July 19-Sunday July 23: 4th Test, England Men v Australia Men, Emirates Old Trafford
Thursday, July 27-Monday 31: 5th Test, England Men v Australia Men, The Kia Oval
Women’s Ashes Series
Thursday, June 22-Monday June 26: One-off Test Match, England Women v Australia Women. Trent Bridge
Saturday, July 1: 1st T20I, England Women v Australia Women, Edgbaston
Wednesday, July 5: 2nd T20I, England Women v Australia Women, The Kia Oval
Saturday, July 8: 3rd T20I, England Women v Australia Women, Lord’s
Wednesday, July 12: 1st ODI, England Women v Australia Women, Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol
Sunday, July 16: 2nd ODI, England Women v Australia Women, The Ageas Bowl
Tuesday, July 18: 3rd ODI, England Women v Australia Women, Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton