England cricketers Jack Leach and Mark Wood have expressed their surprise over the omission of Headingley and Old Trafford as venues in 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 that will be used in the series.
Both Headingley and Old Trafford will host matches again in Ashes 2031. However, their omission as venues in the next series has baffled the home side. Scyld Berry, the Telegraph‘s chief cricket writer, described it as “an outrage”. Wood and Leach in their respective interview has also expressed their disappointment over the same.
Headingley Has Had Some Amazing Games: Mark Wood
“As a lad from the north, obviously I love playing in the north. Headingley has had some [amazing] games: obviously in the last series with Ben Stokes and this one was another great game. Old Trafford’s an iconic place to play. Durham as well… to see Test-match cricket up in the north at Durham is always special” Wood told talkSPORT.
“I understand some of the reasons why but [I am] surprised there isn’t at least one game up here, because I think we get great support and I think they’re iconic places to play. [I’m] a little bit disappointed, just being from the north, that there isn’t one up here where you feel like you’ve got that extra backing and you can relate with people up here” he further added.
Jack Leach who hails from south-west England said that the crowds in the north of England help them to perform better hinting at grounds in Headingley and Manchester.
Crowd The 12th Man in Headingley And Manchester: Jack Leach
“You want to make the most of home advantage don’t you? And those grounds, you definitely feel like you’ve got potentially that,” Leach told the Vaughany and Tuffers Cricket Club podcast.
“They talk about the crowd being like a 12th man and I think in those places, it definitely is. So yeah, I think that’s a shame… playing up north, those grounds seem to be good for us and the crowd is just epic up in those places” he 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.