Wednesday, February 1, 2023

MCC: 2023 International Fixtures Announced

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LORD’S WILL BE HOSTING FOUR INTERNATIONAL FIXTURES IN 2023, AS ANNOUNCED TODAY BY THE ENGLAND AND WALES CRICKET BOARD (ECB).

Australia, Ireland and New Zealand will all visit the Home of Cricket to face England next year, including matches that form part of both the men’s and women’s Ashes Series.

The international summer at Lord’s will begin on Thursday 1 June when England’s men play Ireland in the first LV= Insurance Test match of the summer.

This will be only the fourth time that Ireland have played Test cricket, with their last match being at Lord’s in July 2019. The fledgling Test nation will be eager to impress on their return to the longer-format arena.

On Wednesday 28 June, we welcome Australia for a showpiece match at the Home of Cricket, as they lock horns with England for the second match in the men’s LV= Insurance Ashes Series. The teams last met at Lord’s in 2019 when a thrilling conclusion saw the teams fight out a draw.

Attention turns to the women’s teams on Saturday 8 July when England and Australia meet in a Vitality T20 International (T20I), with the sides playing in a multi-format points-based competition to determine the winner of the women’s Ashes.

It will be the first time that Lord’s has hosted a women’s T20I since 2009, when England defeated New Zealand in the ICC Women’s World Cup Final.

We round off a fantastic international summer by welcoming New Zealand to Lord’s on Thursday 15 September for a men’s Royal London One-Day International (ODI).

Supporters will need no reminder of the last time the two sides met at the Ground in an ODI, as England won a dramatic ICC Men’s World Cup Final in one of the greatest international matches ever seen.

MCC can also confirm that Lord’s has been working with the International Cricket Council and ECB in relation to planning for the next two cycles of the World Test Championship Final.

In a parallel fixture announcement, ICC today confirmed that Lord’s will host the 2025 World Test Championship Final, whilst the 2023 final will be staged at The Oval.

Guy Lavender, Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC, said: “The international fixture announcement is always a landmark day in our calendar and we look forward to hosting another year of high-quality cricket at Lord’s in 2023. 

“We are thrilled that for the first time ever, we will stage both the men’s and women’s Ashes at the home of the Ashes Urn and the birthplace of the Women’s Ashes Trophy. 

“We welcomed a record-breaking 20,840 spectators to Lord’s for the women’s final of The Hundred on 3 September 2022. With this weekend’s England v India ODI looking set to break further records, we are delighted to continue to champion the women’s game. 

“Our ticket pricing review is aimed squarely at cricket fans. We have expanded our mid-range pricing to improve affordability, enabling more families to attend matches at Lord’s. With the domestic schedule still to follow, we look forward to welcoming an increasing breadth of spectators to the Home of Cricket.  

“Finally, it is fantastic news that Lord’s will be hosting the ICC World Test Championship Final in 2025, providing fans further opportunities to look forward to attending world-class cricket at this special Ground.” 

2023 INTERNATIONAL FIXTURES AT LORD’S

England v Ireland (Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 June) Men’s Test match
England v Australia (Wednesday 28 June – Sunday 2 July) Men’s Test match
England v Australia (Saturday 8 July) Women’s T20 International
England v New Zealand (Friday 15 September) Men’s One-Day International
 

TICKET INFORMATION

The public ballot will open on 24 October, with further details to be published here.

For those wishing to be the first to hear ballot information, sign up using the link below.

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