In what will be a jam-packed summer of international cricket, England are set to meet India in June / July for three ODIs and three T20s, while New Zealand will provide a second opposition in September, playing three T20s followed by five ODIs.
The centrepiece of the summer, though, will be the much-trailed Test against India on 16 to 19 June, which will take place at Bristol. It will be the first non-Ashes Test since 2014.
There is no indication that the India series will be played for points, as is the case with the multi-format Women’s Ashes, so the one-off Test will be exactly that – a winner-takes-all occasion.
According to the current government roadmap, spectators will be allowed at Bristol at 50% capacity (approx 3,750 people per day), while the remaining fixtures – which if all goes to schedule will take place in Step 4 of the roadmap – will be allowed to be played in front of full houses.
The full fixtures are below:
LV= Insurance Test Series
Wednesday June 16-Saturday June 19: LV= Insurance Test Match. England v India (Bristol County Ground)
Royal London Series (ODIs)
Sunday June 27: 1st match of the Royal London Series. England v India (Bristol County Ground)
Wednesday June 30: 2nd match of the Royal London Series. England v India (The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton)
Sunday July 3: 3rd match of the Royal London Series. England v India (New Road, Worcester)
Vitality IT20 Series
Friday July 9: 1st Vitality IT20. England v India (The County Ground, Northampton)
Sunday July 11: 2nd Vitality IT20: England v India (The 1st Central County Ground, Hove)
Thursday July 15: 3rd Vitality IT20: England v India (The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford)
Vitality IT20 Series
Wednesday September 1. 1st Vitality IT20. England v New Zealand (The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford)
Saturday September 4. 2nd Vitality IT20. England v New Zealand (The 1st Central County Ground, Hove)
Thursday September 9. 3rd Vitality IT20. England v New Zealand (The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton)
Royal London Series (ODIs)
Thursday September 16. 1st match of the Royal London Series. England v New Zealand (Bristol County Ground)
Sunday September 19. 2nd match of the Royal London Series. England v New Zealand (New Road, Worcester)
Tuesday September 21. 3rd match of the Royal London Series. England v New Zealand (The Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester)
Thursday September 23. 4th match of the Royal London Series. England v New Zealand (The Incora County Ground, Derby)
Sunday September 26. 5th match of the Royal London Series. England v New Zealand (The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury)
Maybe the reason there’s no mention of any points system for the England v India matches is that there is, at present, no equivalent of the Women’s Ashes or Pataudi Trophy for women’s cricket contests in England between England and India. So why don’t you and Syd offer to donate a “Crickether Trophy” and see what happens?
Raf, I’m not on Twitter so I’ll respond here to your Twitter posts about Shawn Flegler.
I wouldn’t take much notice of what Flegler thinks or says about women’s Tests. The players all want to play them, even though they know that preparing for them is challenging. And the decision whether Australia resumes playing non-Ashes women’s Tests is a decision not for Flegler but for Cricket Australia’s board.
I understand that when India was negotiating over its women’s tour of Australia in 2015-16, the BCCI wanted to include a Test but that CA said no, presumably for financial reasons.
Anyone who follows women’s cricket in Australia knows that a lot has changed since then. One of the changes is that the 2017 Ashes Test was a big success. Another is that the CA board now includes a retired women’s Test centurion. Yet another is that the WBBL is now one of Australia’s highest profile domestic sporting contests. Another still is that the women’s national cricket team is currently Australia’s most admired and successful sporting team. Perhaps the most important change is that CA challenged Australian fans to fill up the MCG for the WT20 World Cup final in March 2020 – and they did, with plenty of supporters for each team.
Also significant is that the recent Indian men’s Test tour of Australia was one of the greatest Test series ever, and attracted commensurate publicity in both countries.
We now know that the BCCI still wants to organise women’s Tests. It seems that the BCCI even regards women’s Tests as being a higher priority than a full scale women’s IPL. If one or both administrations can find a sponsor, then it would be difficult to imagine CA saying no to a women’s Test next time there’s an Indian women’s tour of Australia, no matter what Flegler might think.