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The Ageas Bowl, the home of cricket in Hampshire (UK), has been announced as a host venue for a men’s Ashes Test Match in 2027, followed by a women’s Ashes Test Match in 2031.

‘The Ageas Bowl’ stated that widely regarded as having the best view in cricket, The Ageas Bowl has been chosen as one of the five Test venues for the 2027 men’s Ashes series, marking the culmination of the hard work and commitment of Chairman of the Hampshire County Cricket Club Rod Bransgrove.

The 25,000-capacity Rose Bowl, known for sponsorship reasons as the Ageas Bowl, is a cricket ground and hotel complex in West End, Hampshire (UK). It is the home of the Hampshire County Cricket Club, who has played there since 2001.

The Hampshire County Cricket Club is one of 18 first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales (UK). It represents the historic county of Hampshire.

Said Bransgrove, “This award indicates final validation of our magnificent stadium as a genuine International and Test Match ground. The Ashes fixture in 2027 will be a historic moment for Hampshire Cricket, The Ageas Bowl and for cricket in general as England and Australia engage in a Test Match for the first time at our bespoke venue. For me, it represents the realization of a long-held ambition, a dream come true. For all our dedicated staff, both past and present, the allocation of this match, the women’s Ashes Test in 2031, and the broader International and Test Match program over this seven-year period, represents full recognition of their amazing commitment and dedication over the past two decades. I salute their efforts and cannot thank them enough for their highly valued contributions.”

Added Bransgrove, “This allocation of men’s and women’s international fixtures is a game changer for the prospects of Hampshire Cricket and The Ageas Bowl. I would like to thank the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and everyone across the game who has participated in an extensive and diligent process which has resulted in, what I believe to be, a fair and equitable distribution of international fixtures across all venues.”

London (UK)-based the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is the national governing body of cricket in England and Wales. It was formed on January 1st, 1997 as a single governing body to combine the roles formerly fulfilled by the Test and County Cricket Board, the National Cricket Association and the Cricket Council.

‘The Ageas Bowl’ further stated that the above announcement marked the highlight of the ECB confirmation of the allocations for international men’s and women’s cricket from 2025-2031, with The Ageas Bowl hosting no fewer than 19 international fixtures.

The Ageas Bowl allocation includes three men’s Test Matches, with the Ashes Test in 2027 being followed by an India Test Match in 2029 and a further Test Match in 2030. Each Test Match year will also include a men’s white ball international, and there will be two men’s white ball internationals in each of the non-Test match years.

The women’s schedule includes white ball internationals in 2025, 2026, 2028, and 2030 followed by the women’s Ashes Test Match in 2031, which will be the first women’s Test Match to come to the Hampshire ground. The Ageas Bowl will play host to its first-ever women’s Ashes one-day international (ODI) fixture on July 16th this year.

The allocation of all High Profile Matches for the period 2025-2031 was made following a process involving all eligible grounds in England and Wales, the results of which were ratified by the ECB Board in May.

The last allocation of international fixtures, made in 2018 and covering the five-year period from 2020-2024, saw The Ageas Bowl awarded a total of only seven days of international cricket. This time, supporters will be able to watch 35 days of international cricket over the seven-year period at the venue.

As Hampshire looks ahead to an exciting international schedule, it was confirmed that 2023 will mark the culmination of Ageas’ successful 12-year association with the venue. Ageas – one of the largest car and home insurers in the United Kingdom – partnered with the then Rose Bowl in February 2012, marking one of the most successful long-term partnerships within the sport.

Stated David Mann, The Ageas Bowl head honcho, “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Ageas for their unwavering support throughout our 12-year partnership. Our relationship with Ageas laid the foundation for much of the success the venue has enjoyed over recent years and helped to accelerate our ambitious development plans. We now look forward to securing a new partner for the next chapter in our journey as a venue.”
 

The current schedule of international fixtures from 2025-2031 at The Ageas Bowl is as follows:

 

2025

  • 1x Men’s ODI
  • 1x Men’s IT20
  • 1x Women’s IT20

 

2026

  • 2x Men’s IT20
  • 1x Women’s ODI

 

2027

  • 1x Men’s Ashes Test
  • 1x Men’s IT20

 

2028

  • 2x Men’s IT20
  • 1x Women’s ODI

 

2029

  • 1x Men’s India Test
  • Women’s – TBA

 

2030

  • 1x Men’s Test
  • 1x Men’s IT20

 

2031

  • 1x Men’s ODI
  • 1x Men’s IT20
  • 1x Women’s Ashes Test

 
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