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England 2015 summer fixtures revealed

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

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 T20I at Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium 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.

James Anderson and Monty Panesar seal a famous draw versus Australia in 2009 at Cardiff, which will also host the 2015 Ashes opener

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 Investec Test Match at Lord’s.

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 T20I.

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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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 Ground, 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                          ODI 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