Australia to play four day match against Kent – ECB announces international dates and venues for 2015 summer

Friday 9th May 2014

Men’s First XI

ECB today announced the full international programme for the summer of 2015 which will see England host tours by New Zealand and Australia.

Kent will be part of the 2015 action with the County set to host the touring Australian team in the opening fixture of the tour.  The four day match will be played at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury, from Thursday 25 June until Sunday 28th  June.  Commenting on the match Kent Cricket CEO, Jamie Clifford noted that, “the county has a long history of tour matches against Australia dating back to 1882.  Many members have vivid memories of Don Bradman playing here in 1948, when 19,000 attended the first day and 23,000 on the second.  It will be six years since the Australians last visit to Canterbury, when they played the England Lions in 2009, and we know this is going to be very popular with the Kent public. This is a great announcement at the start of the week when the Kent Spitfires will be playing the current ICC World T20 Champions, Sri Lanka, in a 50 over match on Friday night (16 May).”

Cardiff’s SWALEC stadium will host the opening Investec Ashes Test Match of the five-match series as it did in 2009 when England’s last pair James Anderson and Monty Panesar clung on for a famous draw on the final day of a gripping Ashes encounter.

Lord’s, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge and The Kia Oval will also stage Investec Test Matches as England bid to regain the famous Ashes urn and win a fourth successive home Ashes series following their previous triumphs in 2005, 2009 and 2013.

After the Ashes, England and Australia will do battle again in a NatWest IT20 at Cardiff before the international season reaches its climax in September with The Ageas Bowl, Lord’s, Emirates Old Trafford and Headingley hosting matches in the Royal London One-Day International series.

New Zealand’s tour of England will begin in May with tour matches against Somerset and Worcestershire before the two countries meet in the opening international action of the summer – the 1st Investec Test Match at Lords.

Headingley will stage the second Investec Test Match of the two-match series against the Black Caps before the focus shifts to the Royal London One-Day International series with Edgbaston, The Kia Oval, The Ageas Bowl, Trent Bridge and Emirates Durham ICG all staging ODIs and Emirates Old Trafford hosting a NatWest IT20.

ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: “Next summer promises to be a hugely exciting international season with England’s bid to regain the Ashes set to be one of the major highlights of the sporting year.  We’re also delighted to be hosting New Zealand again across all three formats of the international game and would like to thank all those county and international venues who will be hosting our touring teams next year.”

New Zealand to UK 2015

Fri 8 – Mon 11 May           4-day v Somerset                                    Taunton

Thu 14 – Sun 17 May        4-day v Worcestershire                         New Road

Thu 21 – Mon 25 May      1st Investec Test Match                       Lord’s

Fri 29 May – Tue 2 June  2nd Investec Test Match                     Headingley

Sat 6 June                          50-over v Leicestershire                       Grace Road

Tue 9 June                        1st Royal London ODI    (D/N)               Edgbaston

Fri 12 June                        2nd Royal London ODI   (D/N)               Kia Oval

Sun 14 June                      3rd Royal London ODI                            Ageas Bowl (Southampton)

Wed 17 June                     4th Royal London ODI    (D/N)               Trent Bridge

Sat 20 June                       5th Royal London ODI                            Emirates Durham ICG

Tue 23 June                       NatWest IT20  (Floodlit)                       Emirates Old Trafford

Australia to UK 2015

Thu 25 – Sun 28 June        4-day v Kent                                            Canterbury

Wed 1 – Sat 4 July             4-day v Essex                                         Chelmsford

Wed 8 – Sun 12 July         1st Investec Test Match                        SWALEC, Cardiff

Thu 16 – Mon 20 July        2nd Investec Test Match                      Lord’s

Thu 23 – Sat 25 July           3-day v Derbyshire                                 3aaa County Grd, Derby

Wed 29 July – Sun 2 Aug 3rd Investec Test Match                       Edgbaston

Thu 6 – Mon 10 Aug          4th Investec Test Match                       Trent Bridge

Fri 14 – Sun 16 Aug            3-day v Northants                                  Northampton   

Thu 20 – Mon 24 Aug        5th Investec Test Match                       Kia Oval

Thu 27 Aug                          50-over v Ireland                                    Venue tbc

Mon 31 Aug                        NatWest IT20                                        SWALEC, Cardiff

Thu 3 Sept                          1st Royal London ODI (D/N)                Ageas Bowl

Sat 5 Sept                           2nd Royal London ODI                         Lord’s

Tue 8 Sept                          3rd Royal London ODI (D/N)                Emirates Old Trafford

Fri 11 Sept                          4th Royal London ODI                          Headingley       

Sun 13 Sept                        5th Royal London ODI                          Emirates Old Trafford