World Trials Championship: Lord’s and The Oval to host next two finals

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London will stage the next two World Test Championship finals with The Oval hosting next year while Lord’s has been revealed as the venue for the 2025 edition.

The International Cricket Council’s announcement means England stage the first three finals, with the Ageas Bowl being the venue for New Zealand’s victory over India in the first showpiece last year.

Hampshire was given the green light ahead of Lord, the original choice, due to the Southampton ground’s proven ability to run a fully bio-secure environment amid the Covid-19 situation at the time.

ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice said: “We are delighted to be hosting the ICC World Testing Championship final next year at The Oval, which has such a rich heritage and incredible atmosphere.

“After that we will take the 2025 final to Lord’s which will provide a suitable backdrop for the ultimate test.

“Last year’s final between New Zealand and India at Southampton was a thrilling encounter and I’m sure fans around the world would be looking forward to the next WTC final at The Oval.”

Australia top the 2021-23 World Test Championship table and will tour England next year for the Ashes series, which takes place over 46 days between June 16 and July 31.

South Africa are second after a 2-1 loss to England – in which they lost the third Test at the Oval by nine wickets after just over two days out earlier this month – Sri Lanka being third and India fourth.

Despite winning six of seven Tests under Ben Stokes this summer, England’s modest record before that means they sit seventh out of nine teams and are almost certainly out of contention to reach The Oval.

The cut-off point for this Test World Championship cycle is the end of March next year, with the top two teams due to play the final in June.

The exact date of the 2023 and 2025 finals will be confirmed by the ICC “in due course”.

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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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