UK beer and pub group Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries has tied up a three-year sponsorship deal with the England Cricket Board.

W&DB's flagship ale brand Marston's has been appointed as the official beer of the ECB. The agreement will also see the brand support the England team as they defend the Ashes on their upcoming tour to Australia this winter.

England bowler Matthew Hoggard was also named as the brand's "official ambassador" when the deal was announced on Friday (18 August).

Alistair Darby, managing director of WDB Brands, called the deal a "fantastic breakthrough" in raising awareness of the brand across the UK.

He said: "It raises the Marston's profile even further across the length and breadth of England and Wales. This is hugely important in our ambition to grow not only Marston's Pedigree, but also Smooth, Old Empire and Burton Bitter."

Joe Bruce, head of sponsorship at the ECB, added: "The affinity of the heritage behind both ECB and Marston's is perfect and will open up many exciting opportunities."

Financial details were not disclosed by either party.