ECB confirms Ashes, Pakistan tour and Ireland Test in 2019 summer

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the venues for next year’s Ashes against Australia, with Edgbaston allotted the opening Test on August 1 followed by fixtures at Lord’s, Headingley, Old Trafford and Kia Oval.

England’s home season will begin with a one-off Twenty20 international versus Pakistan on May 5 in Cardiff followed by five ODIs against the same team at the Kia Oval, Ageas Bowl, Bristol, Trent Bridge and Headingley.

Following the ICC Cricket World Cup and before the Ashes, England will host Ireland for a four-day Test at Lord’s from July 24.

“Next summer’s schedule – with an ICC Cricket World Cup and an Ashes Series at its heart is truly a season to savour for cricket fans of all ages, nationalities and cultures. It is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us to build an even bigger following for all formats of the game,” said the ECB chief executive Tom Harrison while unveiling England’s hectic 2019 summer schedule.

“There is nothing more important to England cricket fans than an Ashes Series. With the added element of being England’s first Test series in the new World Test Championship, it’s a hugely exciting prospect and we anticipate unprecedented demand for tickets. We would love to see fans from all over the world getting to experience the unique atmosphere of an Ashes Test Match after the ICC Cricket World Cup.”

On the four-day Test match with Ireland, just the second in the sport’s history, Harrison said: “We fully supported the ICC’s decision to award Full Membership to Cricket Ireland and we expect next summer’s inaugural Test Match at Lord’s against our neighbours to be an historic celebration for all Irish cricket fans. It will also provide excellent Ashes preparation for England against an Irish team whose impressive performance against Pakistan earlier this year showed they can compete strongly in this form of the game.”