Trent Bridge misses out on 2023 Ashes but bags one-day finals

Ashes 2019 venues retained for 2023

Ashes 2019 venues retained for 2023

London will host half of all England Test matches from 2020-24 to intensify fears that Test cricket in England and Wales is becoming an increasingly capital-centric game.

Though the famous ground was already in line to host an Ashes encounter in 2019 exactly a decade after its last red ball clash between England and Australia, there were no guarantees about the 2023 series because of the emergence of new venues.

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

It's not all doom and gloom for Trent Bridge, with the ground set to take over from Lord's as the venue for the domestic one-day cup final from 2020.

On Wednesday, the European Central Bank also announced the cities that will host the new eight-team Twenty20 tournament in 2020. Like Headingley, Old Trafford was awarded Tests featuring India and Australia.

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

Work began over the winter at Headingley to rebuild the old Rugby Stand.

The eight venues for the new competition are as widely expected.

Nevertheless, in announcing the news of the chosen grounds the European Central Bank still felt moved to state in its press release that the 70-year-old had recused himself when the independent host venue panel presented its recommendations to the board on Wednesday.

The process was chaired by the European Central Bank deputy chairman, Ian Lovett, and included three independent executives from the world of sport: the former Lawn Tennis Association chief executive John Crowther, Karen Earl, the former chair of the sporting sponsorship agency Synergy, and Mick Hogan, the managing director of Newcastle Falcons.

The ECB revealed their plans for the new domestic Twenty20 competition in March 2017. "The ECB board recognised the quality and integrity of the process and has endorsed the recommendations, with the next stage the detailed discussion and agreement with each of these selected venues".

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