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England announce schedule for South Africa, West Indies series

LONDON: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Wednesday announced schedule for the upcoming series against South Africa and West Indies. 

As per schedule, South Africa will face the second-string England Lions ahead of their four-Test series in England next year.

Later in the season, the West Indies will have a trio of three-day games against county sides before the start of their three-Test series against England.

In July, the ECB confirmed the major international fixtures for both the South Africa and West Indies tours, with England also staging the 2017 Champions Trophy tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day nations.

Wednesday’s statement filled in the gaps in the tour schedules and ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said: “We’re very pleased to have agreed such a comprehensive touring programme for 2017 — a schedule which will provide fans with even more opportunities to see two international teams in action at county grounds; and help our Lions players test themselves against high quality opposition in both red and white-ball cricket.

“With this country also hosting the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC Women’s World Cup next season, 2017 promises to be a hugely exciting summer of cricket — and a strong platform to promote our sport to an even wider and more diverse audience.”

South Africa A will also visit England in 2017 for a tour culminating in a ‘Test’ against the Lions in Canterbury in June.

Fixtures

ENGLAND v IRELAND

May 05: 1st ODI, Bristol

May 07: 2nd ODI, Lord’s

South Africa tour

May 19:         1-day tour match v Sussex (D/N), Hove

May 21:         1-day tour match v Northamptonshire, Northampton

May 24:         1st ODI v ENGLAND, Headingley (d/n)

May 27:         2nd ODI v ENGLAND, Southamptton

May 29:         3rd ODI v ENGLAND, Lord’s

Jun 01-19:      ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY

Jun 18:         *T20 Tour match v Leicestershire, Leicester

Jun 21:         1st T20 v ENGLAND, Southampton (f)

Jun 23:         2nd T20 v ENGLAND, Taunton

Jun 25:         3rd T20 v ENGLAND, Cardiff

Jun 29-Jul 01:  3-day tour match v England Lions, Worcester

Jul 06-10:      1ST TEST v ENGLAND, Lord’s

Jul 14-18:      2ND TEST v ENGLAND, Trent Bridge

Jul 27-31:      3RD TEST v ENGLAND, The Oval

Aug 04-08:      4TH TEST v ENGLAND, Old Trafford

* = Match cancelled if South Africa in Champions Trophy Final

West Indies tour

Aug 01-03:     3-day tour match v Essex, Chelmsford

Aug 06-08:     3-day tour match v Kent, Canterbury

Aug 11-13:     3-day tour match v Derbyshire, Derby

Aug 17-21:     1ST TEST v ENGLAND, Edgbaston

Aug 25-29:     2ND TEST v ENGLAND, Headingley

Sep 02-03:     *2-day tour match v Leicestershire, Leicester

Sep 07-11:     3RD TEST v ENGLAND, Lord’s

Sep 13:        ODI v IRELAND (venue tbc)

Sep 16:        Ist T20 v ENGLAND, Chester-le-Street (f)

Sep 19:        1st ODI v ENNGLAND, Old Trafford (d/n)

Sep 21:        2nd ODI v ENGLAND, Trent Bridge (d/n)

Sep 24:        3rd ODI v ENGLAND, Bristol

Sep 27:        4th ODI v ENGLAND, The Oval (d/n)

Sep 29:        5th ODI v ENGLAND, Southampton (d/n)

* = Match played against an ECB XI if Leicestershire qualify for T20 Finals’ Day

ICC Champions Trophy

Jun 01-Jun 18: Matches at The Oval, Cardiff and Edgbaston

Group A: Australia, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh

Group B: India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan – AFP