England to start 2015 Ashes campaign in Cardiff

England will start their 2015 Ashes campaign against Australia at SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff, the ECB confirms

England captain Alastair Cook Photo: Back Page Images

England will start their 2015 Ashes campaign at Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium, the ECB have confirmed.

Alastair Cook’s men return to the Welsh capital for the opening Test as they 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 Test matches as England bid to regain the famous 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 an IT20 at Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium before the international season reaches its climax in September with The Ageas Bowl, Lord’s, 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 first Test at Lord’s.

Headingley will stage the second Test of the two-match series against the Black Caps before the focus shifts to the Royal London ODI 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.”

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