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Durham gets Ashes Test Match

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By Jon Steer
July 30 2009

Durham's Riverside ground will host an Ashes Test Match in 2013 following an announcement from the ECB today. The decision, while a huge boost to cricket at the Riverside, will be seen by many as coming one tour too late after the surprise inclusion of Cardiff for this year's opening Ashes test.

In addition to the Ashes test in 2013, Durham will also host Sri Lanka for a test match in 2016. A big departure from the 'minnows' tag of the previous test matches against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and the West Indies.

The full hosting plan is yet to be finalised with the Brit Oval the only other ground to be announced for the 2013 Ashes.

"It has also been a goal to bring an Ashes Test match to the region and we're delighted that North-East sports fans will have the opportunity to watch the ultimate clash between England and Australia on their doorstep," said David Harker, Durham's chief executive.

Durham's chairman, Clive Leach, said: "There has been a great deal of work behind the scenes to ensure that Riverside continues to develop in order to maintain its position as a leading international cricket venue. For an Ashes Test match to be played at the Riverside will be a huge milestone for Durham County Cricket Club and this achievement is testament to the hard work of all involved."

Durham will host one day internationals in 2010 and 2011 and the final of the Twenty20 domestic competition in 2011 and 2015. 

The full list from the ECB including matches still to be awarded is:


Bangladesh Tests: Headingley Carnegie

Bangladesh ODIs: Bristol, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge

Pakistan Tests: Edgbaston, Lord's, The Brit Oval and Trent Bridge

Pakistan ODIs: Durham, Headingley Carnegie, Lord's, Rose Bowl, The Brit Oval

Australia ODIs: Cardiff, Old Trafford, Lord's, Rose Bowl, The Brit Oval

Domestic T20 final: Rose Bowl

To allocate: Pakistan v Australia (2 Tests, 2 T20s)

England v Pakistan (2 T20s)


Sri Lanka Tests: Cardiff, Lord's, Rose Bowl

Sri Lanka ODIs: Edgbaston, Headingley Carnegie, Old Trafford, The Brit Oval, Trent Bridge

India Tests: Edgbaston, Lord's, The Brit Oval, Trent Bridge

India ODIs: Cardiff, Durham,Lord's, Rose Bowl, The Brit Oval

Domestic T20 final: Durham

To allocate: T20 v Sri Lanka; T20 v India


West Indies Tests: Edgbaston, Trent Bridge

West Indies ODIs: Cardiff, Headingley Carnegie, The Brit Oval

South Africa Tests: Headingley Carnegie, The Brit Oval

South Africa ODIs: Cardiff, Rose Bowl, Trent Bridge

South Africa T20: Old Trafford

Domestic T20 final: Lord's

To allocate: Test match and 1 T20 v West Indies; 1 Test match v South Africa; 5 ODIs v Australia


New Zealand Tests: Headingley Carnegie, Lord's

New Zealand ODIs: Rose Bowl, The Brit Oval

Australia Tests: Durham, The Brit Oval

Australia ODI: Cardiff, Edgbaston, Headingley Carnegie, Rose Bowl

Australia T20: Trent Bridge x 2

To allocate: 3 Test matches and 3 ODIs v Australia; domestic T20 finals day.


Sri Lanka Tests: Cardiff, Headingley Carnegie

Sri Lanka ODIs: The Brit Oval

Sri Lanka T20: Rose Bowl

India Tests: Old Trafford, Rose Bowl, The Brit Oval

India ODIs: Cardiff, Edgbaston, Headingley, Trent Bridge

Domestic Twenty20 final: Edgbaston

To allocate: 1 ODI v Sri Lanka; 1 Test, 3 ODIs and 1 T20 v India.


New Zealand Tests: Headingley Carnegie

New Zealand ODIs: Cardiff, Edgbaston, The Brit Oval

Pakistan Tests: Old Trafford, The Brit Oval

Pakistan ODIs Edgbaston, Headingley Carnegie, Rose Bowl, Trent Bridge

Domestic Twenty20 finals: Durham

To allocate: 2 Test matches, 2 ODIs and 1 T20 v NZ; 1 T20 v Pakistan


Sri Lanka Tests: Durham

Sri Lanka ODIs: Rose Bowl, The Brit Oval

Australia Tests:Lord's, The Oval

Australia T20: Cardiff , Trent Bridge

Domestic T20 finals: Edgbaston

To allocate:1 ODI v Sri Lanka; 3 Tests, 4 ODIs v Australia


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Durham gets Ashes Test Match
Discussion started by Down by the Riverside (IP Logged), 30/07/2009 09:52
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Down by the Riverside
30/07/2009 09:52
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Jon Steer
30/07/2009 10:06
Great news for Durham. Got to be an argument for it being the first test as England have won every test they've played at the Riverside :-)


Jon Steer
Technical Director

30/07/2009 10:41
Only trouble with playing the first test Jon is that it may still be cold up here. Best to have one around July or August when the tempertatures are huigher, although we can't guarantee it will stay dry.

Jon Steer
30/07/2009 10:47
Agreed - I'd be very surprised if the first test didn't go back to Lord's next time...


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Technical Director

D Clarke
30/07/2009 10:49
The program for 2013 shows NewZealand Tests and ODI's before the Ashes series so presumably our Test will be late June or early July!

30/07/2009 10:58
That is brilliant news. See you guys there I hope.

30/07/2009 11:02
No doubt it will be over 100 a ticket by then. Still, it will be worth it. Another major goal achieved in the short history of our first class lives.

30/07/2009 11:09
Well you have 4 years to save up for the tickets Aidan.

30/07/2009 11:23
Very true Stuart. Next year we have a ODI when England host Pakistan. The tests for Australia v Pakistan are as yet unallocated so we may have a chance of one of those. Finally it looks like The Riverside is to become a proper international venue, hosting the big name opponents and at the right time of the year.

30/07/2009 14:02
Good news for my many friends in County Durham.A well deserved appointment even though it probably means Headingley won't get an Ashes Test in 2013.Congratulations.

Jon Steer
30/07/2009 15:17
I suspect one of the Australia vs Pakistan tests will go to Headingley with the large Asian community nearby...

There are still other England ODI and Tests to be decided...


Jon Steer
Technical Director

30/07/2009 15:37
This is great news - I can't wait.

The news seems to have been generally well received by fans of other counties too.

Just another sign of what a well run and progressive set up we have.

30/07/2009 19:13
This is great news, one person has had something negative to say...Bob Willis! According to Bob test matches should only be played at the biggest-in terms of seating capacity-grounds. It's not like him to be negative :-)

Jon Steer
31/07/2009 12:21
The Riverside will have a capacity of 20000 by then, not exactly small...

Sophia Gardens has 15000
Headingley 17000
Edgebaston 21000
Oval 23500
Lord's 30000

Jon Steer
Technical Director

31/07/2009 19:09
Old Trafford claim that their capacity will be 15000 increasing to 25,000 ( with temp seating) by 2012.

TB's planned development will take them to over 17,000

The Rosebowl claim 20000 capacity rising to 25,000 after their 48 million development ( 15000 permanent seats of which 6000 are under cover)

31/07/2009 19:19
So there you go even if all the other grounds go ahead with the upgrades the Riverside will still be in the top half dozen in terms of size and with 5 tests it's fair enough.

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