Headingley secures 2023 Ashes Test, Ageas Bowl misses out

Ashes 2019 venues retained for 2023

Hampshire's headquarters was touted as a likely double victor in the ECB's announcement of its major match allocation for five years from 2020 to 2024.

Trent Bridge could misses out on an Ashes in 2023, but they are likely to host a team in the upcoming Twenty 20 tournament.

Yorkshire and Lancashire are the major beneficiaries after the European Central Bank announced the five Test venues for the visit of Australia in the 2023 Ashes series on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the European Central Bank confirmed the eight teams for the new T20 competition will be based out of the five 2019 Ashes venues, plus Trent Bridge, Ageas Bowl and Cardiff.

Colin Graves, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, opted to leave the room when the host venues for major matches were signed off for 2020 to 2024, with his former county Yorkshire emerging among the big winners.

Edgbaston and Trent Bridge will also host matches for a new T20 competition which begins in two years' time.

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The omission of Southampton for an Ashes Test is something of a surprise. The Riverside and Bristol have been awarded an ODI in each summer from 2020 but Taunton, which hosted an England men's T20 in 2017, is not on the list.

The home of cricket will, however, retain its two Tests per summer alongside its London neighbour, The Oval, to complete the list of six venues that will host the premier global format over the five-year cycle.

The host venues for the ECB's Twenty20 competition, which is as yet unnamed and will feature eight newly created teams from 2020 onwards, offered few surprises given the capacities involved and geographical spread.

"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".

The ECB revealed their plans for the new domestic Twenty20 competition in March 2017.

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