England v Australia 2019
Australia will avoid their Trent Bridge bogey ground next year after England confirmed the schedule for the 2019 men’s Ashes series.
Next winter looms as a huge one for Australian cricket in the UK, with the Ashes following on from the men’s World Cup, where reigning champions Australia will be seeking a record sixth title.
In a fresh twist for the famous sporting rivalry, the 2019 Ashes will be the first series played under the new ICC Test Championship for both teams, which will see nine of the 12 Test nations (excluding newcomers Ireland and Afghanistan, as well as Zimbabwe) play six series over two years – three home and three away – in a league format before a final in June 2021.
The Ashes Tests, which are sure to be bolstered by a strong travelling contingent of supporters, will begin on August 1 at Edgbaston. There will be a week’s break between that Test and the second at Lord’s, with the third hot on its heels at Headingley in Leeds, the northernmost venue of the tour. The series then moves to Manchester’s historic Old Trafford ground before its traditional final stop at The Oval in south London.
Qantas Ashes Tour of the UK 2019
First Test: August 1-5 at Edgbaston, Birmingham
Second Test: August 14-18 at Lord’s, London
Third Test: August 22-26 at Headingley, Leeds
Fourth Test: September 4-8 at Old Trafford, Manchester
Fifth Test: September 12-16 at The Oval, London