England cricketers Jack Leach and Mark Wood have expressed surprise at Headingley’s omission and old trafford as venues at Ashes 2027. Headingley especially has been a match-winning ground for England at home.
The Ageas Bowl in Southampton will host the first Test of Ashes 2027. Trent Bridge in Nottingham will be the northernmost ground to be used in the series.
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Both Headingley and Old Trafford will once again host matches at Ashes 2031. However, their omission as venues for the upcoming series has left the home side baffled. Scyld Berry, the TelegraphThe cricket editor-in-chief described it as “an outrage”. Wood and Leach in their respective interview has also expressed their disappointment for the same.
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Headingley has had some amazing games: Mark Wood
“As a guy from the north, I obviously love playing up north. Headingley has had some [amazing] games: obviously in the last series with Ben Stokes and this was another great game. Old Trafford is an iconic place to play. Durham too… Watching Test-match cricket in North Durham is always special.” Wood told talkSPORT.
I understand some of the reasons why, but [I am] I’m surprised there isn’t at least one game here, because I think we get great support and I think they’re iconic places to play. [I’m] a little disappointed, just being from the north, that there isn’t one here where you feel like you have that extra support and you can relate to the people here.” further added.
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Jack Leach, a native of south west England, said the crowds in the north of England help them perform better by hinting at grounds in Headingley and Manchester.
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Crowd The 12th man at Headingley and Manchester: Jack Leach
“You want to make the most of your home court advantage, don’t you? And those grounds, you definitely feel like you potentially have that.” Leach told the Vaughany and Tuffers Cricket Club podcast.
“They talk about the crowd being like a number 12 man and I think in those venues, it definitely is. So yeah, I think it’s a shame…playing up north, those grounds seem to be good for us and the crowds are epic in those places.” further added.
Hadingley and Manchester will host a test match against India in 2025. Headingley will also host the women’s Ashes Test in 2027.
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