England’s Test cricket venues are to allocate tickets by public ballot for the first time for next year’s Ashes series.

The ECB said host Ashes venue will release tickets via their own ballot to “meet the anticipated high demand” for tickets to watch England’s bid to regain the Ashes in 2019.

The five Tests will be staged at Lord’s, Edgbaston, Headingley, Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester and the Oval between late July and mid-September 2019.

The MCC, which runs Lord’s, said: “The club believes that a randomly selected ballot system is the fairest method available to distribute tickets to as many applicants as possible so they can attend a major match at ‘the home of cricket’.”

Pre-registration for Ashes tickets is already open for the five games. Emirates Old Trafford has already announced that the ballot will open for pre-registered applicants on September 26, 2018, and will run until October 12 before a general sale. Tickets will be available for Members from August 8.

Lord’s said the public ballot for its England 2019 fixtures will open on December 17.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison also said: “There is nothing more important to England cricket fans than an Ashes Series.

“With the added element of being England’s first Test series in the new World Test Championship, it’s a hugely exciting prospect and we anticipate unprecedented demand for tickets.

“We would love to see fans from all over the world getting to experience the unique atmosphere of an Ashes Test Match after the ICC Cricket World Cup.”

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