Cardiff set to host Ashes opener in 2015

England and Wales Cricket Board on Monday announced the full international programme for the summer of 2015 which will see England host tours by New Zealand and Australia.

Updated: May 12, 2014 13:32 IST
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Cardiff's SWALEC stadium will host the opening Ashes Test Match of the five-match series as it did in 2009 when England's last pair James Anderson and Monty Panesar clung on for a famous draw on the final day of a gripping Ashes encounter.

Lord's, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge and The Oval will also stage Investec Test Matches as England bid to regain the famous Ashes urn and win a fourth successive home Ashes series following their previous triumphs in 2005, 2009 and 2013.

After the Ashes, England and Australia will do battle again in a NatWest IT20 at SWALEC stadium before the international season reaches its climax in September with The Ageas Bowl, Lord's, Old Trafford and Headingley hosting matches in the Royal London One-Day International series.

New Zealand's tour of England will begin in May with tour matches against Somerset and Worcestershire before the two countries meet in the opening international action of the summer - the first Test Match at Lords.

Headingley will stage the second Test Match of the two-match series against the Black Caps before the focus shifts to the ODI series with Edgbaston, The Oval, The Ageas Bowl, Trent Bridge and Durham ICG all staging ODIs and Old Trafford hosting a NatWest IT20.

ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: "Next summer promises to be a hugely exciting international season with England's bid to regain the Ashes set to be one of the major highlights of the sporting year. We're also delighted to be hosting New Zealand again across all three formats of the international game and would like to thank all those county and international venues who will be hosting our touring teams next year."

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