Ashes 2019 venues retained for 2023 series

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The eight venues that will stage matches in the new English domestic Twenty20 competition to run from 2020 have been confirmed.

Edgbaston will continue to host the T20 Blast final - which will remain intact alongside the new city-based T20 competition - while Trent Bridge will host the final of the one-day tournament ahead of Lord's.

The governing body is to hold a meeting on Wednesday to discuss which three grounds will join Lord's and The Oval for the Ashes in five years' time and the six chosen alongside the Londoners to host franchise teams in 2020.

As a consolation, Trent Bridge was awarded hosting rights for Test matches in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2024. The Ageas Bowl will not host any Tests at all in the 2020-24 period.

The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, which was widely expected to be named as one of the five hosts for the 2023 series, and Cardiff were also conspicuous absentees.

The 2015 embarrassment. Image Getty
The 2015 embarrassment. Image Getty

The venues for the 2023 Ashes series will be the same as for next year's England-Australia showdown.

This means an end to the traditional Lord's showpiece but with MCC retaining Tests involving both summer tourists, gaining host status for the new Twenty20 competition and an ODI every season, its chief executive Guy Lavender remained "delighted" at the outcome.

The Ageas Bowl has never hosted an Ashes Test. 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.

"With a five-year period of worldwide and domestic cricket in prospect, as well as our New Competition being developed, there was very strong interest in hosting these events and the overall standard of submissions was excellent".

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