The Oval to be expanded to 40,000 capacity

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Plans to make The Oval England's biggest cricket ground have been confirmed.

Redevelopments to the Bedser Stand and OCS Stand have been drawn up with the intention of taking the London venue's capacity to 40,000 in time for the 2023 Ashes.

Lord's has the biggest capacity of England and Wales' cricket stadia currently, with plans in place to expand its capacity to 30,000 by 2019.

Surrey CCC Chairman Richard Thompson said: "The time is now right for cricket to think on a bigger scale. 

"This summer we have seen unprecedented levels of demand for cricket at the Kia Oval, whether it be for the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy, the 100th Test which takes place in July, or to watch Surrey CCC in the NatWest T20 Blast.

"We need to build on this success and have a ground that can satisfy the unprecedented demand we have created."