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The Ashes are back
Thursday 22nd September 2011

You will remember 2005 when the Ashes came back to England for the first time since 1987. There was the third test at Old Trafford where 20,000 spectators were locked out on the last day with its nail biting finish as Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath hung on to save the test with Australia nine down and trailing by 51 runs.

Cricket fans in the north west were disappointed when Old Trafford was omitted from Australia's 2009 itinerary but now, the Ashes are back and that's official!!

Old Trafford was named by the ECB today in a list of England matches at the ground for the next four years and Australia are there in an Ashes test in 2013, but there the celebrations end as the ground was ignored for the 2015 Ashes series although it does stage an ODI and a T20 match.

2013
England v Australia - Test Match
England v Australia - One Day International

2014
England v India - Test Match
England v Sri Lanka - One Day International

2015
England v Australia - One Day International
England v New Zealand - International T20

2016
England v Pakistan - Test Match
England v Pakistan - International T20

Lancashire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Jim Cumbes said "This has been our goal since 2006. Naturally we are delighted to see the Ashes return to Old Trafford.

"It has certainly been a fantastic couple of weeks for the club; winning the County Championship after such a long wait and getting the final seal of approval to proceed our development. This is just the icing on the cake.

"We now look forward to transforming Old Trafford into a world class venue fit to host international cricket."