Venues revealed for 2023 Ashes series


Venues revealed for 2023 Ashes series

The Ageas Bowl has missed out as a 2023 Ashes venue - but will be one of eight hosts for the England and Wales Cricket Board's new franchise Twenty20 competition.

The Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord's, Old Trafford, SWALEC Stadium and Trent Bridge will be the grounds to host a new T20 side.

On Wednesday, the European Central Bank also announced the cities that will host the new eight-team Twenty20 tournament in 2020.

Overall, the allocation of the Tests marks a return to the format's traditional outposts with Cardiff, Durham and Southampton awarded only limited-overs internationals.

The ECB instead opted to stick with the hosts of the 2019 series - Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord's and Manchester's Old Trafford.

The eight venues for the new competition are as widely expected.

It's not all doom and gloom for Trent Bridge, with the ground set to take over from Lord's as the venue for the domestic one-day cup final from 2020.

Surrey were vocal critics of the new Twenty20 competition before the counties, promised £1.3m from its revenues each per season, voted it through a year ago.

"It's right that there should be thorough, independent scrutiny of such a significant process and I would like to thank John Crowther, Karen Earl and Mick Hogan for their contributions, knowledge and expertise". But the club still secured the Oval as a host venue on top of its worldwide matches. With Trent Bridge becoming the home of the 50-over final and Edgbaston the home of T20 finals day, there is a move to a pleasing consistency and symmetry about the list.