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Cardiff set to host first Ashes Test in 2015

| 12.05.2014

Cardiff’s football team may have lost their Premier League status but cricket fans in the Welsh capital will be delighted with the news that the first Ashes Test in 2015 will be held at the Swalec Stadium.

In a repeat of the 2009 series, in which England won the five-Test series 2-1, Peter Moores will take charge of his first Ashes clash in Cardiff on July 8.

In the first ever Test match held at the stadium Jimmy Anderson and Monty Panesar were the heroes for England as the pair survived 11.3 overs to cling onto a famous draw.

Despite Australia’s comprehensive 5-0 win last winter, Ladbrokes’ cricket odds cannot separate the two sides with England on at 5/4 for victory, while the Aussies are the same price for back-to-back Ashes wins.

The draw – a result which has not occurred since 1972 – is available at 4/1 with Ladbrokes.

Lord’s is the venue for the second Test and Alastair Cook’s men will be hopeful of making it three wins on the spin against the Australians at the famous old venue.

Birmingham’s Edgbaston, and Nottingham’s Trent Bridge, two places England have enjoyed plenty of success in recent years, have also been selected to host Ashes Test matches next summer, while the Oval will stage the series finale in August.

England are bidding to win a fourth successive home series against Australia but before Michael Clarke’s side come to town, New Zealand are the visitors.

The Black Caps play two Test matches at Lord’s and Old Trafford and also face England in five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 games.

England finish their summer with 50-over matches against the Australians in September with two matches at Emirates and Old Trafford and the rest scheduled for Lord’s, Headingley and the opener at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Oliver Yew