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Durham to stage 2013 Ashes Test

The Riverside Stadium, Chester-le-Street
England beat West Indies at Durham earlier this year

Durham will host an Ashes Test for the first time in 2013, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

The Riverside and The Oval are the only two venues so far definitely confirmed for the series against Australia.

Cardiff, Edgbaston, Headingley and the Rose Bowl will stage one-day matches between the teams, with Trent Bridge hosting two Twenty20 games.

An additional three Tests and three more one-day internationals have yet to be allocated.

County champions Durham's Chester-le-Street home first staged Test cricket in 2003 and England have won all four Test matches held there, including this year's Test against West Indies.

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"As well as producing a winning team it has also been a goal to bring an Ashes Test match to the region," said club chief executive David Harker.

"We're delighted that north-east sports fans will have the opportunity to watch the ultimate clash on their doorstep."

By the time of the next Ashes series in England, the Riverside will have a capacity of 20,000, and club chairman Clive Leach said the news was the culmination of years of hard work.

"The completion of the stadium over the coming years, which will increase capacity to 20,000 as well as providing an onsite hotel, will offer spectators the ultimate cricket experience in what will be a truly world class set up," he added.

"For an Ashes Test match to be played at Riverside will be a huge milestone for Durham County Cricket Club and is testament to the hard work of all involved."

ENGLAND'S HOME TEST SCHEDULE - 2010

Bangladesh Tests: Headingley

Bangladesh ODIs: Bristol, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge

Pakistan Tests: Edgbaston, Lord's, The Oval and Trent Bridge

Pakistan ODIs: Durham, Headingley, Lord's, Rose Bowl, The Oval

Australia ODIs: Cardiff, Old Trafford, Lord's, Rose Bowl, The Oval

Domestic T20 final: Rose Bowl

To allocate: Pakistan v Australia (2 Test matches, 2 T20s); England v Bangladesh (1 Test match); Pakistan (2 T20s)

2011

Sri Lanka Tests: Cardiff, Lord's, Rose Bowl

Sri Lanka ODIs: Edgbaston, Headingley, Old Trafford, The Oval, Trent Bridge

India Tests: Edgbaston, Lord's, The Oval, Trent Bridge

India ODIs: Cardiff, Durham, Lord's, Rose Bowl, The Oval

Domestic T20 final: Durham

To allocate: T20 v Sri Lanka; T20 v India

2012

West Indies Tests: Edgbaston, Trent Bridge

West Indies ODIs: Cardiff, Headingley, The Oval

South Africa Tests: Headingley, The Oval

South Africa ODIs: Cardiff, Rose Bowl, Trent Bridge

South Africa T20: Old Trafford

Domestic T20 final: Lord's

To allocate: 1 Test match and 1 T20 v West Indies; 1 Test match v South Africa; 5 ODIs v Australia

2013

New Zealand Tests: Headingley, Lord's

New Zealand ODIs: Rose Bowl, The Oval

Australia Tests: Durham, The Oval

Australia ODI: Cardiff, Edgbaston, Headingley, Rose Bowl

Australia T20: Trent Bridge x 2

To allocate: 3 Test matches and 3 ODIs v Australia; domestic T20 finals day

2014

Sri Lanka Tests: Cardiff, Headingley

Sri Lanka ODIs: The Oval

Sri Lanka T20: Rose Bowl

India Tests: Old Trafford, Rose Bowl, The Oval

India ODIs: Cardiff, Edgbaston, Headingley, Trent Bridge

Domestic Twenty20 final: Edgbaston

To allocate: 1 ODI v Sri Lanka; 1 Test match, 3 ODIs and 1 T20 v India.

2015

New Zealand Tests: Headingley

New Zealand ODIs: Cardiff, Edgbaston, The Oval

Pakistan Tests: Old Trafford, The Oval

Pakistan ODIs: Edgbaston, Headingley, Rose Bowl, Trent Bridge

Domestic Twenty20 finals: Durham

To allocate: 2 Test matches, 2 ODIs and 1 T20 v NZ; 1 T20 v Pakistan

2016

Sri Lanka Tests: Durham

Sri Lanka ODIs: Rose Bowl, The Oval

Australia Tests: Lord's, The Oval

Australia T20: Cardiff, Trent Bridge

Domestic T20 finals: Edgbaston

To allocate: 1 ODI v Sri Lanka; 3 Test matches, 4 ODIs v Australia



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