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The Oval to host 2023 world Test final

The Oval in London will host the world Test championship final next year.

Lord’s will host the final in 2025, the International Cricket Council added on Wednesday.

In the inaugural final last year, New Zealand defeated India at Southampton.

Lord’s was the original venue but the final was moved because of COVID-19 restrictions at the time.

ICC chief executive Geoff Allardice said: “We are delighted to be hosting next year’s ICC World Test Championship final at The Oval which has such a rich legacy and an amazing atmosphere.

“Following that we will then take the 2025 final to Lord’s which will provide a fitting backdrop to the ultimate Test.”

Australia top the 2021-23 World Test Championship table and are touring England next year for the Ashes, which is being squeezed into 46 days between June 16 and July 31.

South Africa are second after a 2-1 defeat by England – in which they lost the third Test at the Oval by nine wickets after just over two days of play earlier this month – with Sri Lanka sitting 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 cycle of the World Test Championship is the end of March next year, with the top two teams set to play the final in June.

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