Midlands cricket venues to host 72 finals between 2020 2024

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The ECB instead opted to stick with the hosts of the 2019 series - Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord's and Manchester's Old Trafford.

England fell to a 4-0 Ashes loss in Australia, but had won five of the previous seven series and have not been beaten on home soil since 2001.

England also played their first Twenty20 match there, against Australia before the 2005 Ashes, and it has become a regular venue for white-ball internationals. Each venue will host four group matches a year. The Ageas Bowl will not host any Tests at all in the 2020-24 period. Some win, some lose and, with the confirmation of the venues for worldwide cricket for a five-year period between 2020-24, it is the big, traditional grounds that are the winners.

While Trent Bridge will host Test matches in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2024, it will not host an Ashes Test in either of the next two series.

Again, both London grounds appear sure to be staging matches alongside the four long-established global venues in major cities - with the Ageas Bowl and Cardiff's Sophia Gardens also expected to be named.

The process was chaired by the European Central Bank deputy chairman, Ian Lovett, and included three independent executives from the world of sport: the former Lawn Tennis Association chief executive John Crowther, Karen Earl, the former chair of the sporting sponsorship agency Synergy, and Mick Hogan, the managing director of Newcastle Falcons.

The Ageas Bowl has never hosted an Ashes Test.

Lord's is also a notable victor from the process, retaining the right to host two Tests a year despite a reduction in the overall programme.

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