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Headingley, Edgbaston not to host Ashes 2013

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Published: Saturday, June 2, 2012, 11:13 [IST]
 
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Durham to host first Ashes Test in 2013

London, Jun 2: Two prominent venues for Ashes, Headingley in Leeds and Edgbaston in Birmingham will not be hosting the Tests between England and Australia in 2013 while Durham's Riverside Ground gets an opportunity to host an Ashes Test for the first time.

The most anticipated schedule for the Ashes was announced on Friday. The two top teams are scheduled to play five Test matches from July 10, 2013 to August 25, 2013.

England having won the Ashes after hammering Australia 3-1 Down Under in 2010-2011.

Interestingly, Australia's last win in an Ashes Test came in 2009 at Headingley. With the two most common venues Edgbaston which has a seating capacity of 25,000 and Headingley which is capable of accomodating 17,500 people being replaced by Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Durham's River Side Stadium in Chester-le-Street.

The officials met on Friday to decide upon the venues for matches till 2015, and preferred Nottinghamshire in particular, as the revenue they can generate from the Ashes Tests at Trent Bridge will come as a vindication of their decision to spend millions of pounds upgrading facilities.

"It is absolutely enormous," said Nottinghamshire chief executive Derek Brewer of the decision to award his county Ashes Tests in consecutive series.

"One of our objectives was to get Trent Bridge at the forefront of international cricket. We have certainly achieved that. It's been a massive team effort, a very long and exacting process."

"While we are disappointed not to have been awarded an Ashes Test in 2013, we should remember the Aussies will play one-day internationals at Edgbaston in 2012 and 2013," chief executive at Warwickshire, Colin Povey said.

Schedule: 

First Test: England v Australia at Nottingham - July 10-14, 2013

Second Test: England v Australia at Lord's - July 18-22, 2013

Third Test: England v Australia at Manchester - August 1-5, 2013

Fourth Test: England v Australia at Chester-le-Street - August 9-13, 2013

Fifth Test: England v Australia at The Oval - August 21-25, 2013

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