The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has revealed the schedule for cricket’s most action-packed series, the Ashes, that’s to be played in 2023 in the United Kingdom (UK). A few highlights from the fixture release see a five-day Test match at Trent Bridge and white-ball matches at Lord’s and The Oval.
Voices repeatedly were raised for women cricketers to play Test matches over 5 days and for it to finally come to life, there’s a lot less important at the moment. Ashes cricket will be played from the 22nd of June till the 18th of July in 2023 which comprises a Test (5-day), three T20Is and three ODIs.
The series is a multi-format one that will have points to offer which means, a Test victory is worth four points, while the three ODIs and three T20s are worth a couple of points each. The series gets underway on the 22nd with the only Test at Trent Bridge, then the 3 T20I games on the schedule will be played at Edgbaston, The Oval and Lord’s. In the final leg of the series, the 3 ODI games will be played at Bristol, Southampton and Taunton respectively.
Women’s Ashes 2023 Schedule
Jun 22-26: Test match | Nottingham
Jul 1: 1st T20I | Birmingham
Jul 5: 2nd T20I | London
Jul 8: 3rd T20I | London
Jul 12: 1st ODI | Bristol
Jul 16: 2nd ODI | Southampton
Jul 18: 3rd ODI | Taunton#Ashes pic.twitter.com/Y5uGm8wr4L
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) September 21, 2022
WOMEN’S ASHES 2023 SCHEDULE –
|22-June-2023||Only Test||Trent Bridge||11:00 AM|
|01-Jul-2023||1st T20I||Edgbaston||6:35 PM|
|05-Jul-2023||2nd T20I||The Oval||6:35 PM|
|08-Jul-2023||3rd T20I||Lord’s||6:35 PM|
|12-Jul-2023||1st ODI||Bristol County Ground||1:00 PM|
|16-Jul-2023||2nd ODI||Ageas Bowl||11:00 AM|
|18-Jul-2023||3rd ODI||County Ground, Taunton||1:00 PM|
English skipper, Heather Knight said, “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. 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 not really realised. Moving forward on an equal footing is a logical progression.”
Peter Roach, Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations and Scheduling said, “We acknowledge that Boards can select four or five days for women’s Test matches. At this stage, we will continue with four-day Test matches in Australia but may consider a reserve fifth day for Tests significantly affected by the weather.
Clare Connor, ECB’s interim CEO said, “We’re absolutely delighted to be hosting two Ashes series in 2023, as well as hosting Ireland men, New Zealand men and Sri Lanka women. Next summer will be huge for England women and England men. There are few events more special in English sport than a home Ashes series and I know that Heather, Ben, and their teams, will be excited and driven by the challenge of regaining the Ashes.
“I am particularly delighted that we have announced our England men and England women’s fixtures side by side for the first time, meaning that supporters can enter the ballot or register interest for any fixture on the same day. June and July will be very special months for cricket in this country with the buzz of two Ashes series taking place simultaneously.”