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12th May 2014 12:57pm | By Editor
England can draw on a positive memory from the start of their next Ashes campaign when it opens at Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium, the venue of James Anderson and Monty Panesar's remarkable ninth wicket effort to save a draw in 2009.
The dates and venues for the 2015 summer Tests and limited overs matches against New Zealand and Australia were announced today, with London's Lord’s and Kia Ovals confirmed to host the second and fifth Ashes Tests.
The other two will be at Birmingham's Edgbaston and Trent Bridge in Nottingham (full fixtures listed below).
The Ashes Tests will be followed by a T20 back in Cardiff before five ODIs at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton Lord’s, Old Trafford in Manchester and Headingley in Leeds.
Before that though, New Zealand kicks off its tour in May with matches against Somerset and Worcestershire before two Tests at Lord's and Headingley, then five ODIs in Edgbaston, the Oval, The Ageas Bowl, Trent Bridge and Durham and a T20 at Old Trafford.
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."
New Zealand tour of UK 2015
May 8-11, 4-dayer v Somerset, Taunton
May 14-17, 4-dayer v Worcestershire, New Road
May 21-25, 1st Investec Test Match, Lord’s
May 29-June 2, 2nd Investec Test Match, Headingley
June 6, 50-over v Leicestershire, Grace Road
June 9, 1st Royal London ODI (D/N), Edgbaston
June 12, 2nd Royal London ODI (D/N), Kia Oval
June 14, 3rd Royal London ODI, Ageas Bowl (Southampton)
June 17, 4th Royal London ODI (D/N), Trent Bridge
June 20, 5th Royal London ODI, Emirates Durham ICG
June 23, NatWest IT20 (Floodlit), Emirates Old Trafford
Australia tour of UK 2015
June 25-28, 4-dayer v Kent, Canterbury
July 1-4, 4-dayer v Essex, Chelmsford
July 8-12, 1st Investec Test Match, SWALEC, Cardiff
July 16-20, 2nd Investec Test Match, Lord’s
July 23-25, 3-dayer v Derbyshire, 3aaa County Ground, Derby
July 29-August 2, 3rd Investec Test Match, Edgbaston
August 6-10, 4th Investec Test Match, Trent Bridge
August 14-16, 3-dayer v Northants, Northampton
August 20-24, 5th Investec Test Match, Kia Oval
August 27, ODI v Ireland, Venue tbc
August 31, NatWest IT20, SWALEC, Cardiff
September 3, 1st Royal London ODI (D/N), Ageas Bowl
September 5, 2nd Royal London ODI, Lord’s
September 8, 3rd Royal London ODI (D/N), Emirates Old Trafford
September 11, 4th Royal London ODI, Headingley
September 13, 5th Royal London ODI, Emirates Old Trafford
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