England Women will play their first-ever five day test match at Trent Bridge next summer as they take on Australia in the Ashes in a cricket first for the two teams involved.
Previously the England women’s team have only played four day matches and will for the first time at Trent Bridge, face Australia over five days between 22nd and 26th June next year (2023).
England Captain Heather Knight stating “I’m so happy, I feel like I’ve been banging the drum for five days for a long time, so it’s a special moment.
“I probably spent most of my career being grateful for what you’re given. When I started out, anything was a bonus, you were just happy to be playing the sport you love for England and not even getting paid, but my eyes have opened a bit more.
“You see the inequalities you’ve gone through and not really realised. Moving forward on an equal footing is a logical progression.”
England’s men will also be at Trent Bridge next summer as they take on New Zealand in a T20 International on 5th September whilst they also host Ireland in a one day international on September 23rd. They have however missed out on hosting the men’s team during the Ashes, who instead will play at Lords, Edgbaston, Headingley, Old Trafford and the Oval.
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club members have called for an extraordinary general meeting in November, following the ECB’s latest proposal to cut down County Championship matches from 14 to just ten.
The club have stated that the object of the meeting is to “To consider all aspects of the club’s officials’ handling of any discussions held amongst any of the counties and/or the ECB relating to any matter connected to the High-Performance Review especially any implications to alter the future schedule or structure of county cricket.
“To discuss the communications to members and the level of involvement of members ahead of the club casting its vote on the future structure/schedule.” And to “To discuss in detail the views of club officials on the merits of the various options considered and receive a detailed explanation of why they voted as they did.”
The club responded “following dialogue with the Chairs, Chief Executives and Directors of Cricket from across the 18 counties – and with requests having been made for additional time for consultation – the ECB later confirmed that there would be no reduction in the volume of County Championship cricket in 2023.
“The resolution to be heard at the meeting, however, remains unchanged from the above and will be the sole item on the agenda. It will be spoken to by the proposer and/or seconder at the meeting.”
*Main image @TrentBridge the venue has been selected for the women’s Ashes.