England Women will play a five-day Test match in opposition to Australia as a part of an Ashes marketing campaign in 2023 through which they may return to the nation’s main venues. It will likely be solely the second scheduled ladies’s Test of that size, after Australia hosted England at North Sydney Oval in 1992.
The Test will happen at Trent Bridge, starting June 22, and would be the first match of a multi-format points-based collection set out throughout plenty of main venues. Three T20Is at Edgbaston, the Kia Oval and Lord’s observe, earlier than three ODIs in Bristol, the Ageas Bowl and Taunton. As has been the case for a number of campaigns now, the white-ball matches will likely be price two factors every, with 4 on provide for the winners of the Test.
It is a seminal second in English ladies’s cricket, stepping up off the again of the success of the ladies’s Hundred and the Commonwealth Games this summer season, each of which have proven that the viewers and urge for food for the sport on this nation is barely going a technique.
Later this week, England play their first bilateral ODI at Lord’s since 2014, in opposition to India on Saturday, and that theme will proceed in 2023 with Trent Bridge internet hosting their first worldwide ladies’s match since 2000.
Meanwhile Edgbaston, Lord’s and the Kia Oval will all be internet hosting their first Women’s Ashes T20Is. The England and Wales Cricket Board have taken a web page out of the Hundred’s guide by permitting each males’s and ladies’s Ashes to run concurrently subsequent summer season.
Heather Knight, England’s captain who scored a century within the drawn Ashes Test at Canberra in January, and whose group ran out of time to pressure victory over South Africa in a rain-affected four-day match this summer season, instructed the PA information company that this second had been a very long time coming.
“I’m so completely satisfied,” she mentioned. “I really feel like I’ve been banging the drum for 5 days for a very long time, so it is a particular second. It seems like the proper time, for 5 days, for greater grounds, and it feels prefer it’s been a very long time coming. Last yr’s South Africa Test was arrange properly however withered out due to rain and it wasn’t given the prospect to complete, so this can be a actually good step by the boards.”
The ladies’s collection will start per week after the boys face Australia for the primary of 5 matches at Edgbaston, starting on June 16, earlier than fixtures at Lord’s, Headingley, Emirates Old Trafford and the Kia Oval.
Ben Stokes’ aspect will start their red-ball summer season in opposition to Ireland at Lord’s in a four-day match beginning on June 16. The World Test Championship remaining is scheduled between these matches, and will likely be hosted on the Kia Oval in June. It was additionally confirmed that Lord’s, who had initially been anticipating to host the showpiece occasion, will get to take action in 2025.
As anticipated, the month of August has largely been saved for the Hundred, with the one worldwide match approaching August 30 when England’s males start a completely white-ball weight loss plan of 4 T20is and 4 ODIs in opposition to New Zealand. Ireland then return for 3 one-dayers in September as Jos Buttler and Matthew Mott look to fine-tune their plans forward of the 50-over World Cup in India within the winter of 2023. Meanwhile Heather Knight’s group will play three T20is and three ODIs in opposition to Sri Lanka.
Clare Connor, the ECB’s interim CEO, mentioned: “We’re completely delighted to be internet hosting two Ashes collection in 2023, in addition to internet hosting Ireland Men, New Zealand Men and Sri Lanka Women.
“Next summer season will likely be large for England Women and England Men. There are few occasions extra particular in English sport than a house Ashes collection and I do know that Heather, Ben, and their groups, will likely be excited and pushed by the problem of regaining the Ashes.
“I’m significantly delighted that now we have introduced our England Men and England Women’s fixtures aspect by aspect for the primary time, which means that supporters can enter the poll or register curiosity for any fixture on the identical day. June and July will likely be very particular months for cricket on this nation with the excitement of two Ashes collection going down concurrently.
“The ladies’s sport continues to develop and now we have clearly entered one other section when it comes to the demand for elite ladies’s sport. We’ve seen report numbers flock to stadia for the second season of the Hundred. Now we wish to give extra followers the prospect to look at England Women in individual subsequent summer season as they compete for the Ashes on dwelling soil.”
Vithushan Ehantharajah is an affiliate editor at ESPNcricinfo