The ECB have announced next summer’s England men’s schedule and, in a break from tradition that has us reeling and confused, The Oval will host the first rather than last Test of the summer. Change is not good.
Luckily not everything has changed. As is now customary, Australia will be one of the teams England play following their tours in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019 plus the Champions Trophy in 2017. Pakistan are also back for what will be a fifth successive year.
There are four teams heading to England in all, with three-Test series against West Indies and Pakistan – both of which will count towards the World Test Championship, plus ODIs and T20s against Australia, T20s against Pakistan and ODIs against Ireland to round things off.
The international summer kicks off at The Oval in June against West Indies.
The second Test will be played at Edgbaston with the third Test taking place at Lord’s. England will be looking to gain revenge after losing the Test series in the Caribbean last winter – and as soon as the odds are out, a promo code would be wise to be used to get the best possible returns – if online sports betting is your thing.
After an Ashes summer in 2019, Australia return for a three-match T20 series in the north of England with matches at the Riverside, Headingley and Old Trafford.
Australia round off their tour with a three-match ODI series against the world champions at Lord’s, Ageas Bowl and Bristol.
The Somerset spinner impressed in South Africa over the winter.
The captain promoted himself to open the batting but made just two off 15 balls
Curran experienced sickness and diarrhoea during Wednesday night.
The Durham all-rounder will take over temporarily from Joe Root.
Holder promoted himself to open the batting.
The all-rounder has been tested for Covid-19 after feeling unwell overnight.
The top five subsided to nine for three and 49 for five in their final competitive innings.
The Trinidadian led the warm-up session on day four of the practice match.
Archer took a wicket for Jos Buttler’s team on the second morning at the Ageas Bowl.
Ben Stokes’s side reached 152 for five at tea in response to 287 for five declared.