Double international date for Ageas Bowl

Basingstoke Gazette: Double international date for Ageas Bowl Double international date for Ageas Bowl

HAMPSHIRE’S Ageas Bowl will host games against both Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

The Hedge End venue will host the second of five one day internationals (ODI) against the New Zealanders on June 14, with the Aussie’s coming to town for the opening match of a five-game ODI series on September 3.

The full itinerary for next summer will see New Zealand start their trip with a four-day match at Taunton against Somerset beginning on May 8 before they travel to New Road to face Worcestershire.

They will then line up for the first Test of the English summer at Lord's on May 21 and then head to Headingley for the second, which starts on May 29.

Following the Tests, the Black Caps take on Leicestershire in a 50-over game on June 6 before ODIs against England at Edgbaston (June 9), the Oval (June 12), the Ageas Bowl (June 14), Trent Bridge (June 17) and Chester-le-Street (June 20).

New Zealand will conclude their tour with a Twenty20 game against England at Old Trafford on June 23.

England's bid to regain the Ashes in 2015 will begin in Cardiff on July 8.

Further Tests will follow at Lord's (July 16), Edgbaston (July 29) and Trent Bridge (August 6) before the final Test of the summer at the Oval, beginning on August 20.

Australia and England will than play a single Twenty20 game in Cardiff on August 31 before the five-match one-day series takes place with matches at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton (September 3), Lord's (September 5), Old Trafford (September 8), Headingley (September 11) and Old Trafford once more (September 13).

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