Durham to host opening Ashes test in 2013
Durham's Riverside ground will host the first England v Australia Ashes Test of the 2013 series, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.cricket Updated: Jul 30, 2009 16:16 IST
Durham's Riverside ground will host the first England v Australia Ashes Test of the 2013 series, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.
The ECB said it had accepted the recommendations of the independent Major Match Group (MMG) and also confirmed one of the five-match series would take place at the Oval in London.
The three other Tests are still to be allocated and the ECB said "bids will be invited."
Durham first staged Test cricket at the Chester-le-Street ground in 2003 and England have won all four Tests staged there, including against the West Indies in May.
Durham have also been awarded a Test match against Sri Lanka in 2016.
Hampshire's Rose Bowl, already awarded a Test against Sri Lanka in 2011, will host an India Test in 2014 along with Old Trafford and the Oval.
The opening match of the current Ashes series was played at Cardiff's Sophia Gardens ground, the first time it had hosted a Test of any sort.