London: The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has issued the schedule for visits by New Zealand and Australia as well as the ICC Champions Trophy, which will feature the eight highest-ranked ODI teams calculated six months before the tournament, in 2013.
New Zealand will begin a long summer with a tour comprising two Tests, three ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals. The two Test matches will be played at Lord's from May 16-20 and Headingley from 24-28, with the three-match ODI series to be held at Lord's (May 31), Hampshire (June 2) – makings its debut as an international venue – and Trent Bridge (June 5) followed by the Twenty20s at The Oval on June 25 and 27.
New Zealand are scheduled to play a Twenty20 warm-up match against Kent at Canterbury on June 22, but that will be cancelled should the visitors make it to the final of the Champions Trophy – returning to England for the first time since 2004 - which runs from June 6-17.
This will be the last time the tournament is played as the ICC moves towards having one championship for each of the game's three formats from 2015. It will not appear after that, with the play-offs for the World Test Championship scheduled for June 2017. The ECB has announced that the Champions Trophy semi-finals will be held at The Oval on June 19 and Cardiff on June 20, followed by the final at Edgbaston on June 23.
Following the commencement of the Champions Trophy, England will host Australia for the Ashes. The five Tests will be played at Trent Bridge, Lord's, Old Trafford, The Oval and, for the first time, Durham. Australia will also play two Twenty20s, one ODI against Scotland and a five-game ODI series against England.
"The prospect of England defending the Ashes on home soil, the world's top eight teams competing in the ICC Champions Trophy, and a full programme of 50-Over and T20 International cricket will provide rich pickings for cricket fans next summer," said ECB chief executive David Collier. "Last season's international programme attracted a record aggregate attendance of more than 850,000 spectators and we would urge all fans to purchase their international tickets early for 2013 to avoid missing out on what promises to be a memorable summer.
"Wales has earned an outstanding reputation for its ability to deliver world-class sporting events and we are delighted that Cardiff will be used as a host venue for the ICC Champions Trophy and stage a semi-final," he added. "Cardiff was originally scheduled to stage next summer's 1st Investec Test match against New Zealand and following further discussions between ECB, Glamorgan CCC, and MCC, this match will now be played at Lord's. We are grateful to both parties for their co-operation in this matter."
England will play a one-off ODI against Ireland in Dublin on September 3 following the end of the five-match ODI series against Australia.
New Zealand's itinerary
May 16-20 – 1st Test, Lord's
May 24-28 – 2nd Test, Headingley
May 31 – 1st ODI, Lord's
June 2 – 2nd ODI, Hampshire
June 5 – 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge (D/N)
June 25 – 1st T20, The Oval
June 27 – 2nd T20, The Oval
ICC Champions Trophy
June 6-17 - Group stage (venues to be announced)
June 19 – 1st semi-final, The Oval
June 20 - Cardiff
June 23 – Final, Edgbaston
July 10-14 – 1st Test, Trent Bridge
July 18-22 – 2nd Test, Lord's
August 1-5 – 3rd Test, Old Trafford
August 9-13, 4th Test, Durham
August 21-25 – 5th Test – The Oval
August 29 – 1st T20, Hampshire
August 31 – 2nd T20, Durham
September 3 – Scotland ODI, Citylets Grange
September 6 – 1st ODI, Headingley
September 8 – 2nd ODI, Old Trafford
September 11 – 3rd ODI, Edgbaston (D/N)
September 14 – 4th ODI, Cardiff
September 16 – 5th ODI, Hampshire (D/N)
Ireland v England
September 3 – One-off ODI, Dublin