Wednesday, 22 October 2008

The Ashes 2009 itinerary anounced

The ECB have confirmed Australia's full itinerary for the forthcoming tour of England during the summer of 2009; the itinerary includes seven one-dayers in addition to the usual five Tests.

Australia will spend a total of four months in England with the Ashes follow the ICC World Twenty20 tournament, which also takes place in England during the month of June.

Australia will switch formats on completion of the Twenty20 tournament with a four-day match against Sussex at Hove, followed by another against England Lions at New Road (Worcester) to prepare for the five Test matches.

The Rose Bowl has also been chosen as the venue for the third ODI on September 9, and is preceded by the first two games which are to take place at Old Trafford.

"The summer of 2009 promises to be one of the most exciting in the history of cricket in England and Wales," David Collier, the ECB chief executive, said.

"The Ashes and the NatWest Series along with the NatWest International Twenty20 matches have the potential for providing the sort of wonderful cricket which can fire the nation's imagination.

"And of course all this follows the ICC World Twenty20 which guarantees that all the best Twenty20 players in the world will be in this country in June 2009." The news follows Glamorgan's coup last month when they were awarded the first Ashes Test, their inaugural Test match.

Mark Newton, Worcestershire's chief executive, was delighted with the news that a taste of the Ashes is coming to New Road:

"This is the closest we will ever get to playing a Test Match in Worcester and I couldn't be more pleased about the timing, 2009 will be a huge year for cricket in England and for four days Worcester will be centre of the cricketing world" he commented.

A two-day match against Kent at Canterbury has been penciled in for August 15, in between the fourth and fifth Tests, although Australia could face an England Lions team if Kent are involved in the Twenty20 finals day.

The full 2009 Ashes itinerary:

May (tbc) Australia arrive in UK Mon 1 - Thu 4 June
Warm-up period for World Twenty20 Fri 5 - Sun 21 June
World Twenty20 Wed 24 - Sat 27 June
Four-day game v Sussex (Hove) Wed 1 - Sat 4 July
1st Test Cardiff Wed 8 - Sun 12 July
2nd Test Lord's Thu 16 - Mon 20 July
3rd Test Edgbaston Thu 30 July - Mon 3 Aug
4th Test Headingley Fri 7 - Tue 11 Aug
Two-day game v Kent (Canterbury) Thu 20 - Mon 24 Aug
5th Test Oval Thu 20 - Mon 24 Aug

1st International Twenty20 (Old Trafford) Sun 30 Aug
2nd International Twenty20 (Old Trafford) (floodlit) Tue 1 Sept
1st ODI day/night (The Oval) Fri 4 Sept
2nd ODI (Lord's) Sun 6 Sept
3rd ODI day/night (The Rose Bowl) Wed 9 Sept
4th ODI (Lord's) Sat 12 Sept
5th ODI day/night (Trent Bridge) Tue 15 Sept
6th ODI day/night (Trent Bridge) Thu 17 Sept
7th ODI (Durham) Sun 20 Sept