England cricket in Ageas 2022 return

By Connor Steel / Photograph from BBC Sport

FOLLOWING a busy 18 months of domestic and international cricket at the Ageas Bowl, the Southampton venue will host two further England Twenty-20 matches in summer 2022.

England’s men will visit the home of Hampshire Cricket for an IT20 clash with India on Wednesday, July 6; which will feature as part of a short form series that could include the postponed test match after the fifth match was cancelled in early September amidst cases in Virat Kohli’s side.

Later that month on Sunday, July 31, South Africa will visit the Ageas Bowl for the final match of a three game Twenty-20 series which will precede a test series lasting into September next year. The other two T20 internationals will take place in Bristol and Cardiff in this short run of games for both sides.

This announcement comes in a year which has seen The Ageas Bowl host the inaugural ICC World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand, alongside nine internationals during 2020 as a bio-secure environment. England’s increasing range of opponents have included Pakistan, West Indies, and Ireland in these games across all three formats.

Southampton has also held four games of the recent Hundred competition to great success alongside finals day for the Charlotte Edwards T20 women cup on September 5. Hampshire’s domestic action has also been held at the Ageas Bowl, with increased attendances as fans returned to sport stadia after lockdown restrictions.

Demand for both fixtures is expected to be high following record demand for recent England matches at The Ageas Bowl which saw England’s last Vitality IT20 at the ground selling out before the start of general sale, and tickets will be allocated via a ballot. It will be offered to Hampshire Cricket members, before spare tickets are put out for public sale. This ballot is open now and available to enter at www.ageasbowl.com/ballot.

Ageas Bowl chief executive David Mann said: “It’s always a special occasion when we host the world’s best players and we’re looking forward to another bumper summer of cricket in 2022.

“It’s been great to be able to welcome supporters back to the ground this year and we’re delighted cricket fans in the south will get the opportunity to enjoy yet more world-class action at the venue next year.”