The England and Wales Cricket Board have announced next summer’s home international schedule which will include tours by Australia and New Zealand, and the world’s top eight One Day International teams competing in the ICC Champions Trophy.
The Ashes Test series will begin at Trent Bridge in July with Lord’s, Old Trafford, The Kia Oval, and, for the first time, Emirates Durham ICG, also hosting Ashes Test matches later in the summer.
Lord’s will play host to the 1st Test of the summer against New Zealand, with Headingley Carnegie the venue for the 2nd Test before the two teams meet again in three One Day Internationals and two International T20s later in the summer.
Cardiff, Edgbaston and The Oval will be the host venues for the ICC Champions Trophy which will be staged in England for the first time since 2004. Edgbaston will host the final of competition with the other two venues each hosting a semi-final.
ECB Chief Executive David Collier said, “The prospect of England defending the Ashes on home soil, the world’s top eight teams competing in the ICC Champions Trophy, and a full programme of 50-Over and T20 International cricket will provide rich pickings for cricket fans next summer.
“Last season’s international programme attracted a record aggregate attendance of more than 850,000 spectators and we would urge all fans to purchase their international tickets early for 2013 to avoid missing out on what promises to be a memorable summer.
“Wales has earned an outstanding reputation for its ability to deliver world-class sporting events and we are delighted that Cardiff will be used as a host venue for the ICC Champions Trophy and stage a semi-final.
“Cardiff was originally scheduled to stage next summer’s 1st Investec Test match against New Zealand and following further discussions between ECB, Glamorgan CCC, and MCC, this match will now be played at Lord’s. We are grateful to both parties for their co-operation in this matter.”
New Zealand tour itinerary
Sat 4–Mon 6 May – 3-day v Derbyshire, Derby
Thu 9–Sun 12 May – 4-day v England Lions, Grace Rd, Leics
- Thu 16–Mon 20 May – 1st Investec Test, Lord’s
- Fri 24–Tue 28 May – 2nd Investec Test, Headingley Carnegie
- Fri 31 May – 1st NatWest Series ODI, Lord’s
- Sun 2 June – 2nd NatWest Series ODI, The Ageas Bowl
- Wed 5 June – 3rd NatWest Series ODI, Trent Bridge (D/N)
Sat 22 June – T20 warm-up v Kent, Canterbury (will be cancelled if NZ in Final of ICC Champions Trophy)
- Tue 25 June – 1st NatWest International T20, Kia Oval (f)
- Thu 27 June – 2nd NatWest International T20, Kia Oval (f)
ICC Champions Trophy
- 6-17 June
- Weds 19 June – The Oval
- Thurs 20 June – Cardiff
- Sun 23 June – Edgbaston
Australia tour itinerary
Wed 26-29 June – 4-day v Somerset, Taunton
Tue 2-5 July – 4-day v Worcestershire, New Road
- Wed 10-14 July – 1st Investec Ashes Test, Trent Bridge
- Thu 18-22 July – 2nd Investec Ashes Test, Lord’s
Fri 26-28 July – 3-day v Sussex, Hove
- Thu 1-5 Aug – 3rd Investec Ashes Test, Old Trafford
- Fri 9-13 Aug – 4th Investec Ashes Test, Emirates Durham ICG
Fri 16-17 Aug – 2-day v Northamptonshire, Northampton
(If Northamptonshire reach the Friends Life t20 Final, England Lions will host Australia at Northampton in a two-day fixture on August 16-17)
- Wed 21-25 Aug – 5th Investec Ashes Test, Kia Oval
- Thu 29 Aug – 1st NatWest International T20 (f), The Ageas Bowl
- Sat 31 Aug – 2nd NatWest International T20 Emirates Durham ICG
- Tue 3 Sept – ODI, Scotland v Australia, Citylets Grange
- Fri 6 Sept – 1st NatWest Series ODI, Headingley Carnegie
- Sun 8 Sept – 2nd NatWest Series ODI, Old Trafford
- Wed 11 Sept – 3rd NatWest Series ODI (D/N), Edgbaston
- Sat 14 Sept – 4th NatWest Series ODI, SWALEC Stadium
- Mon 16 Sept – 5th NatWest Series ODI (D/N), The Ageas Bowl
Ireland v England
- Tue 3 Sept – ODI Ireland v England, Malahide CC, Dublin