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The Ashes, Old Trafford
01 August, 2013 - 05 August, 2013
Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Talbot Road, Manchester
The home of the Lancashire County Cricket Club, Old Trafford dates back to 1857. In 1884, Old Trafford became the second English ground, after The Oval, to stage test cricket.
It has experienced fluctuating fortunes as a cricket ground, with crowd attendances dipping alarmingly in the 1950s and 1960s.
In recent years Old Trafford has dropped down the pecking order of Test grounds in England, not being selected for an Ashes test in the 2009 series. It has, however, been selected as the venue for the third Ashes test of 2013.
The three-tiered Victorian Members' Pavilion is the last original part of the ground, although it was hit by a bomb in 1940 and substantially rebuilt. Further repairs were carried out after the roof began to leak in 2003. Around four-fifths of the ground's circumference is bordered by stands - the majority single tiered. The seating capacity is 19,000.