Yorkshire chief reveals delight after Ashes award

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Yorkshire CCC have been celebrating this week after they were awarded their first Ashes Test match against Australia in a decade.

The Tykes’ Headingley ground will host a Test against the visiting Australians in 2019, as well as a one-day game against Pakistan.

In addition, Yorkshire have also been awarded a West Indies Test and a South Africa one-day international in 2017, and a Pakistan Test and an India one-day international in 2018.

Four matches of the 2019 Cricket World Cup will also be held at Headingley, and Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur said: “We’re absolutely delighted. It’s exactly what we were hoping for.

“It’s something really special that we can be working towards in 2019. A first Ashes Test in ten years, a one-day international against Pakistan and four World Cup matches will mean it’s a very busy time for the region.

“We’re very excited that the new floodlights are going to be in place for next year and then the prospects of the new South Stand means the future looks very bright.”