Headingley secures 2023 Ashes Test, Ageas Bowl misses out

Headingley secures 2023 Ashes Test, Ageas Bowl misses out

On both counts, as the European Central Bank this week prepares to publish its major match allocation over the five seasons from 2020 to 2024, Southampton's Ageas Bowl is reportedly heavily in the mix.

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

The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that the 2023 Ashes Tests have been awarded to the same five grounds as the 2019 edition.

The ECB announcement sees Test cricket in England return exclusively to its six traditional venues, after more than a decade in which grounds around the country were encouraged to bid for matches, often to the detriment of their finances.

Confirmation of the hosts for the ECB's much-vaunted new Twenty20 domestic competition will also be keenly anticipated.

Australia won at Lord's and The Oval in 2015, but haven't played at Old Trafford since the rain-affected draw in 2013.

The omission of Southampton for an Ashes Test is something of a surprise.

Cardiff was understood not to have bid for Tests but remains a regular venue for ODIs and T20 internationals.

After the approval of the recommendations from an independent Host Venue Panel, led by European Central Bank deputy chairman Ian Lovett, a statement said: "They provide a strong geographical spread, high capacity for attendance, quality experience and access for the widest audience".

The statement added: 'Together, they provide a strong geographical spread, high capacity for attendance, quality experience and access for the widest audience'.