England are looking set to host South Africa and New Zealand in a packed summer of international cricket in 2018.
England’s season will begin with the 3 ICC Women’s Championship ODIs against South Africa in June, before New Zealand come to the party for a 6-match round-robin T20 Tri-Series, culminating in a final on 1st July, at the County Ground in Chelmsford.
New Zealand will then play their 3 Championship ODIs versus England in mid-July, prior to the Kia Super League, which all of the top players are of course expected to stay on for.
With the World T20 coming up in the Caribbean that autumn, the T20 Tri-Series will act as both an early warm-up and an important yardstick of the teams’ progress in the game’s shortest format. South Africa and New Zealand will both be among the leading teams challenging for the World T20 trophy, so next summer will represent a stern test for England as they look to add a second world crown to the World Cup they won last summer!
ICC Women’s Championship ODIs v South Africa
9 June – First ODI v South Africa – New Road, Worcester, 11am
12 June – Second ODI v South Africa – The 1st Central County Ground, Hove (D/N), 1pm
15 June – Third ODI v South Africa – Canterbury (D/N), 2pm
T20 Tri-Series – England, South Africa & New Zealand
20 June – The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, South Africa v New Zealand, 1pm start; England v South Africa, 5:40pm
23 June – The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, England v South Africa, 1pm start; England v New Zealand, 5:40pm
28 June – The Brightside Ground, Bristol, South Africa v New Zealand, 1pm start; England v New Zealand, 5:40pm
1 July – Final – The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford, 3pm
ICC Women’s Championship ODIs v New Zealand
7 July – First ODI v New Zealand – Emerald Headingley, 11am
10 July – Second ODI v New Zealand – The 3aaa County Ground, Derby (D/N), 1pm
13 July – Third ODI v New Zealand – The Fischer County Ground, Grace Road (D/N), 2pm
Kia Super League Finals Day
27 August – The 1st Central County Ground, Hove