England will host South Africa and India this summer, in a packed schedule in which they will play at least 23 days of cricket including the Commonwealth Games.
The international summer will begin with a Test versus South Africa at Taunton from June 27 – June 30; and finish with the 3rd ODI against India at Lord’s on September 24, the day before the Home of Cricket also hosts the RHF Trophy Final.
The South Africa Test – the Proteas first Test against England since 2003, also played at Taunton – will be followed by 3 ODIs, at Northampton, Bristol and Leicester, and 3 T20s at Chelmsford, Worcester and Derby.
Following the Commonwealth Games in early August, India will then return to England in September, although several of the players will presumably have stayed on for The Hundred. India will play 3 T20s at Durham (in England’s first visit to The Riverside since the 2013 Ashes), Derby and Bristol, and 3 ODIs at Hove, Canterbury, and then finally Lord’s.
All games will be shown on Sky Sports in the UK, with 2 of the T20 matches also being shown on the BBC. This is in addition to the Commonwealth Games matches, which will also be available Free To Air, meaning we could see an unprecedented 11 England games broadcast FTA this summer, if England reach the Commonwealth Games final – more games in a single summer than have ever been shown FTA in the UK before.
This, in combination with the return of live cricket to London and the North for the first time in several years, represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow the game, and no one is more pleased than us; though shareholders of Premier Inn have allegedly been warned to brace themselves for significant financial losses as Syd books in for 23 all-you-can-eat breakfasts!
England v South Africa
Monday June 27-Thursday June 30 @ Taunton
Monday July 11 @ Northampton
Friday July 15 @ Bristol
Monday July 18 @ Leicester
Thursday July 21 @ Chelmsford
Saturday July 23 @ Worcester
Monday July 25 @ Derby
England v India
Saturday September 10 @ Durham
Tuesday September 13 @ Derby
Thursday September 15 @ Bristol
Sunday September 18 @ Hove
Wednesday September 21 @ Canterbury
Saturday September 24 @ Lord’s
We look set for a packed summer then – should be very good. The planning can begin! Still referring to yourself in the 3rd person I see, Syd! 😉
Given the importance of a lively pitch in the success of the Manuka Test why would Taunton be used after what they provided in 2019.