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Ashes 2023: The competition between England and Australia lasted just 46 days

England’s summer plan for 2023 has been confirmed, with the men’s Ashes not being played in August for the first time in 139 years and the women’s game breaking a glass ceiling.

Ben Stokes and his team will start the Summer of Tests with a one-off Test against Ireland at Lord’s before squeezing all five Ashes Tests into just 46 days in June and July.

In a tight schedule that will push both sides – and particularly fast bowlers – to their limits, The Ashes will be a whistlestop tour, beginning June 16 in Edgbaston and concluding at The Oval on July 31.

The teams play at Edgbaston, Lord’s, Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval.

August was almost entirely cleared of international cricket to make way for the ECB’s pet project, The Hundred, save for a T20 international between England and New Zealand at Chester-Le-Street on 30 August.

History will be made in the women’s ashes, however, as England and Australia play a five-day friendly match at Trent Bridge, followed by white ball games.

The ECB and Cricket Australia have agreed to break the long-standing convention that has limited women’s test matches to four days when they meet again in 2023.

In the past five years, only six women’s Tests have been held worldwide, all of which ended in a tie after the time ran out, but now the multi-format series marquee event will have three additional sessions for a more fitting conclusion.


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