Ashes to be crammed into just 46 days next summer

Ashes to be crammed into just 46 days next summer as England and Australia face punishing schedule after ECB cleared August for The Hundred… but women will make history with five-day Trent Bridge Test

  • 2023 schedule for England men’s and women’s teams has been confirmed
  • Five-Test Ashes series with Australia will be played in June and July 
  • It is the first time in 139 years the blue riband series hasn’t been played in August
  • ECB has cleared August of international cricket to make way for The Hundred
  • Women’s Ashes will see a five-day Test match played at Trent Bridge 

England’s summer schedule for 2023 has been confirmed with the men’s Ashes not played in August for the first time in 139 years and the women’s game shattering a glass ceiling.

Ben Stokes and his team will begin the Test summer with a one-off, four-day Test against Ireland at Lord’s before all five Ashes Tests are squeezed into just 46 days in June and July.

In a cramped schedule which will push both squads – and especially fast bowlers – to the limits, the Ashes will be a whistlestop tour starting at Edgbaston on June 16 and ending at The Oval on July 31.

Ben Stokes and his England team will take on Australia in a home Ashes series next summer – all five matches are to be squeezed into the space of 46 days in June and July

England will be hoping to win back the Ashes Urn after Australia triumphed in the last series

The teams will play at Edgbaston, Lord’s, Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval. 

August has been almost completely cleared of international cricket to make way for the ECB’s pet project The Hundred, with the exception being a T20 international between England and New Zealand at Chester-Le-Street on August 30.

England will continue their summer programme with a four T20 internationals and four one-day internationals against New Zealand in September. 

They then play a trio of one-day games against Ireland to round off the summer. 

History will be made in the women’s Ashes, however, with England and Australia set to contest a five-day Test match at Trent Bridge followed by white-ball matches.

England enjoyed an exceptional summer under their new coach-captain partnership of Ben Stokes and Brendan McCullum, enjoying wins over New Zealand, India and South Africa

Pat Cummins with the famous Urn after Australia beat England 4-0 Down Under in 2021-22

The ECB and Cricket Australia have agreed to break the longstanding convention that has restricted the women’s Test matches to four-day affairs when they meet again in 2023.

Just six women’s Tests have taken place worldwide in the last five years, all finishing in draws after time ran out, but now the marquee event of the multi-format series will have three additional sessions to reach a more fitting conclusion.  

The women’s Test begins on June 22, two days after the conclusion of the men’s Edgbaston opener against Australia, and represents a first in England.

Heather Knight, whose side will also play T20s at the Kia Oval, Edgbaston and Lord’s for the first time, offered a ringing endorsement.

‘I’m so happy, I feel like I’ve been banging the drum for five days for a long time, so it’s a special moment,’ she said.

The women’s Ashes will feature a five-day Test match followed by white ball games

‘It feels like the right time, for five days, for bigger grounds, and it feels like it’s been a long time coming. Last year’s South Africa Test was set up nicely but withered out because of rain and it wasn’t given the chance to finish, so this is a really good step by the boards.

‘I probably spent most of my career being grateful for what you’re given. When I started out anything was a bonus, you were just happy to be playing the sport you love for England and not even getting paid, but my eyes have opened a bit more.

‘You see the inequalities you’ve gone through and and not really realised. Moving forward on an equal footing is a logical progression.’  

England’s Heather Knight is thrilled that her team will take on Australia in a full-length Test

Former England captain Joe Root is enthusiastic about what lies ahead for both teams, telling PA: ‘Both teams want the Ashes back. With both series on at the same time there’ll hopefully be an Ashes buzz that both teams can tap into and benefit from.

‘We’ll be doing our best over five Tests and the women’s team will be trying to come out on top in the multi-format series. I think it works well and their IT20s at Lord’s, Edgbaston and the Oval will be big occasions.

‘It’s a really important step for the women’s game. You want as many people as possible to be able to watch and we saw in The Hundred that when the games are played at major venues a lot of people are there to support.

‘There are few feelings better in cricket than getting over the line and winning a tight Test match, and it can be frustrating when a draw becomes the only option, so it’s sensible to try and get a result over five days and I don’t see why it should be any different from men’s cricket.’  

England men’s and women’s full schedule for 2023 

LV= Insurance Men’s Test Series

Thursday June 1-Sunday June 4: LV= Insurance Test Match, England Men v Ireland Men, Lord’s, 11am

LV= Insurance Men’s Ashes Series

Friday June 16-Tuesday June 20: 1st LV= Insurance Test Match, England Men v Australia Men, Edgbaston, 11am

Wednesday June 28-Sunday July 2: 2nd LV= Insurance Test Match, England Men v Australia Men, Lord’s, 11am

Thursday July 6-Monday July 10: 3rd LV= Insurance Test Match, England Men v Australia Men, Headingley, 11am

Wednesday July 19-Sunday July 23: 4th LV= Insurance Test Match, England Men v Australia Men, Emirates Old Trafford, 11am

Thursday July 27-Monday July 31: 5th LV= Insurance Test Match, England Men v Australia Men, The Kia Oval, 11am

Women’s Ashes Series

Thursday June 22-Monday June 26: LV= Insurance Test Match, England Women v Australia Women. Trent Bridge, 11am

Saturday July 1: 1st Vitality IT20, England Women v Australia Women, Edgbaston, 6.35pm

Wednesday July 5: 2nd Vitality IT20, England Women v Australia Women, The Kia Oval, 6pm

Saturday July 8: 3rd Vitality IT20, England Women v Australia Women, Lord’s, 6.35pm

Wednesday July 12: 1st ODI, England Women v Australia Women, Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol, 1pm

Sunday July 16: 2nd ODI, England Women v Australia Women, The Ageas Bowl, 11am

Tuesday July 18: 3rd ODI, England Women v Australia Women, Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, 1pm

Vitality Men’s IT20 Series

Wednesday August 30: 1st Vitality IT20, England Men v New Zealand, Seat Unique Riverside, Chester-le-Street, 6pm

Friday September 1: 2nd Vitality IT20, England Men v New Zealand, Emirates Old Trafford, 6pm

Sunday September 3: 3rd Vitality IT20, England Men v New Zealand, Edgbaston, 2.30pm

Tuesday September 5: 4th Vitality IT20, England Men v New Zealand, Trent Bridge, 6pm

Vitality Women’s IT20 Series

Saturday September 2: 1st Vitality IT20, England Women v Sri Lanka Women, Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford, 2.30pm

Wednesday September 6: 2nd Vitality IT20, England Women v Sri Lanka Women, Incora County Ground, Derby, 6pm

Saturday September 9: 3rd Vitality IT20, England Women v Sri Lanka Women, Seat Unique Riverside, Chester-le-Street, 2.30pm

Men’s One-Day International Series

Friday September 8: 1st ODI, England Men v New Zealand, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 12.30pm

Sunday September 10: 2nd ODI, England Men v New Zealand, The Ageas Bowl, 11am

Wednesday September 13: 3rd ODI, England Men v New Zealand, Kia Oval, 12.30pm

Friday September 15: 4th ODI, England Men v New Zealand, Lord’s, 12.30pm

Women’s One-Day International Series

Thursday September 14: 1st ODI, England Women v Sri Lanka Women, Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester, 12.30pm

Sunday September 17: 2nd ODI, England Women v Sri Lanka Women, The 1st Central County Ground, Hove, 11am

Tuesday September 19: 3rd ODI, England Women v Sri Lanka Women, The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury, 12.30pm

Men’s One-Day International Series

Wednesday September 20: 1st ODI, England Men v Ireland Men, Headingley, 12.30pm

Saturday September 23: 2nd ODI, England Men v Ireland Men, Trent Bridge, 11am

Tuesday September 26: 3rd ODI, England Men v Ireland Men, Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol, 12.30pm 

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