Durham and Taunton set to sign up for race for added Test in 2023

GEORGE DOBELL – EXCLUSIVE: Trent Bridge may seem the herbal selection however The Cricketer understands that the ECB are minded to award a girls’s Test to a Category A venue in 2023. They will also be reluctant to surrender a fallow-year cost

Trent Bridge, Chester-le-Street and Taunton are a few of the intriguing choices to host the additional Test the ECB are making plans on scheduling for 2023.

While the fit isn’t but showed, it’s understood England’s males will play a Test towards Ireland in 2023. Although Lord’s may typically be anticipated to host this kind of fit – England and Ireland performed a Test at the flooring forward of the 2019 Ashes – they’re anticipated to be awarded the chance to degree the general of the World Test Championship in the similar summer season. If this is showed, they’re not going to be regarded as for a 3rd Test in one 12 months.

Trent Bridge may seem the herbal selection. The venue just lately hosted a captivating Test between England and New Zealand and received many plaudits for permitting unfastened access on a memorable ultimate day. They neglected out on an Ashes Test in 2023 because of their modest capability.

The Cricketer understands, alternatively, that the ECB are minded to award a girls’s Test to a Category A venue in 2023. If they accomplish that, Trent Bridge is anticipated to imagine making use of to host it. They additionally obtain a fallow-year cost from the ECB for no longer web hosting a Test, which they’ll be reluctant to surrender. Considerations in regards to the selection of pitches they have got on their sq. may play an element, too.


Durham’s Riverside Ground at Chester-le-Street is an possibility for an extra males’s Test in 2023 [Getty Images]


Trent Bridge seems a just right possibility for a girls’s Test in 2023 [Getty Images]

There are a number of different fascinating choices. While Somerset hasn’t ever in the past hosted a Test on the Cooper Associates County Ground, they have got showed they’d be curious about doing so. And with 3 Ashes Tests scheduled to play in Birmingham or additional north (Leeds and Manchester), they really feel they have got a robust case for disagreeing the sport will have to be performed within the south-west. The flooring hosted a T20I between England and South Africa in 2017.

Durham also are anticipated to specific their hobby within the fit. While the membership had been banned from web hosting Test cricket in 2016 after operating into monetary issue, there’s a rising – if in large part silent – acceptance on the ECB that the punishment was once disproportionately brutal. Handing the membership the chance to host a Test could be observed as a recent get started, regardless that there is also reputable considerations on the membership’s skill to promote tickets for the fit. 

Surrey have additionally indicated to The Cricketer that they’d be prepared to host the fit. While they’re already scheduled to host an Ashes Test in 2023, they have got a very good document of promoting tickets and be offering monetary advantages few different grounds can fit. Whether the ECB wish to time table 4 Tests in London in one season is controversial, alternatively. 

Hampshire also are understood to be curious about staging the sport on the Ageas Bowl. They had been dissatisfied to lose out on an Ashes Test in 2023 and stay prepared to deliver extra world cricket to the Southampton space. All issues regarded as, they is also favourites.

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