Ashes to return to Birmingham in July 2015 with Third Investec Test confirmed at Edgbaston

The biggest Test Match Series in the world will return to Birmingham in July 2015 after the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that Edgbaston Stadium will host England v Australia in the Third Investec Ashes Test Match.

More than 100,000 spectators are expected to be at Edgbaston across the five days of play between Wednesday 29 July and Sunday 2 August 2015, with many of Birmingham’s hotels, bars and restaurants expected to be boosted by a substantial number of visitors to the city.

Colin Povey, Chief Executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, said:

Edgbaston has a proud history of hosting Ashes Tests, including the Botham-inspired 29-run victory in 1981 and the ‘Greatest Ever Test’ of 2005 where Freddie Flintoff helped England to a two-run victory.
Since our last Ashes Test in 2009 we’ve transformed Edgbaston in to one of the leading sports stadiums in the country. Last year’s ICC Champions Trophy Final proved that Edgbaston and Birmingham provide an excellent match day experience to all spectators and we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of fans to the city for this great event.

Ian Taylor, Commercial Director of Marketing Birmingham, said:

“International matches at Edgbaston Stadium are always special days in Birmingham’s summer sporting calendar. This was demonstrated last year when more than 100,000 cricket fans visited the city for five games of last year’s ICC Champions Trophy, providing an economic boost to the region of more than £15 million.
 
“Birmingham is a city that loves its sport, with a strong sporting history and world-class venues. With both The Ashes and Rugby World Cup fixtures coming up in 2015, we look forward to welcoming fans to Birmingham to enjoy more iconic sporting moments here, as well as the city’s retail, culinary and accommodation offer.”

This summer Edgbaston welcomes the new look England team to take on Sri Lanka in a Royal London ODI in just over three weeks (Tuesday 3 June) as well as the Indian team back to the scene of last summer’s ICC Champions Trophy triumph for a Royal London ODI (Tuesday 2 September) and a NatWest International T20 (Sunday 7 September).

Edgbaston also hosts Finals Day of the new look NatWest T20 Blast competition (Saturday 23 August) with seven Birmingham Bears home games being played in the group stages, which begin against Yorkshire Vikings on Friday 23 May.

Initial priority on tickets for the Third Investec Ashes Test Match at Edgbaston will be given to Warwickshire County Cricket Club Members and supporters who buy tickets for England’s Royal London ODI against Sri Lanka. Further information on the sales process and General Sale date will follow shortly on www.edgbaston.com

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