Nine expands portfolio with 2023 Ashes series

Australian broadcaster Nine has secured the rights to the 2023 Ashes cricket Test series, which will be hosted by England.

The free-to-air network has agreed a deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to show matches from Edgbaston, Headingley, The Oval, Lord’s and Old Trafford.

Nine carried the exclusive rights to the 2019 Ashes in Australia last year and has re-acquired the competition for the 2023 edition.

Pay-television rival Foxtel renewed its contract with the ECB to cover 12 more tours of England, expiring in 2023, extending its recently expired four-year deal. However, Foxtel does not offer the Ashes.

Nine is working on expanding its sporting portfolio, with the acquisitions of the Wimbledon and French Open contests announced last week.

It also unveiled its new streaming service Stan Sports, which will carry Rugby Australia matches, after the broadcaster sealed the domestic rights with the governing body.