England Cricket Schedule – A Packed Summer Of Cricket In 2020
The England Cricket Schedule for 2020. Finally. It’s here. The Coronavirus has disrupted cricket enough.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced today that England will host Ireland in a three-match ODI series starting on July 30. This will be before taking on Pakistan in what is a packed fragmented summer calendar.
The Ireland squad recently began their participation for the tour. They will travel to England towards the end of the month. They will face the current world number one in England. The three ODIs will start from the 30th of July at the bio-secure Ageas Bowl venue in Southampton.
Ireland managed their only victory over England to date at the 2011 ICC World Cup thanks to a century from Kevin O’Brien. He scored a fantastic hundred in Bangalore to help the Irish to a famous victory. He reached the 100 mark in just 50 balls – at the time the fastest ODI Cricket World Cup century.
This helped the Irish chase down a formidable score posted by England of 328.
England has also confirmed they will host Pakistan in a three-test series, starting just days later on the 5th of August. The short turn around raises the suggestion of the use of two separate squads across the different formats.
The close proximity of these fixtures could see some lesser capped members of the squad earn some valuable experience. The likes of Matt Parkinson, Lewis Gregory, Liam Livingstone and Tom Banton will all be hopeful of standing out.
The first Test will take place at Old Trafford, before two matches at Southampton, all in bio-secure environments and behind closed doors. Old Trafford will then host three Twenty20 Internationals between England and Pakistan in August and September.
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The majority of the Pakistan squad are currently preparing in Worcestershire. Four tourists are yet to arrive in England though due to testing positive for the coronavirus prior to travelling to the UK.
England will return to action this week following the pandemic which delayed the start of the cricket summer in the UK. The three-Test series against the West Indies begins in Southampton on Wednesday without fans.
The series against the West Indies is likely to be closely contested with Joe Root missing out for at least the first test. Root and his wife are expecting the birth of their second child and therefore are advised not to take any risks in returning to cricket action too soon.
Both sides are fragile in batting and have weakened top orders. England’s bowling, however, is far superior to their counterparts. England will be hoping that the likes of James Anderson, Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad step-up.
If they all bowl to their potential, England may well prove too strong.
England Cricket Schedule In Full
30 July: v Ireland 1st ODI, Southampton
1 August: v Ireland 2nd ODI, Southampton
4 August: v Ireland 3rd ODI, Southampton
5-9 August: v Pakistan 1st Test, Old Trafford
13-17 August: v Pakistan 2nd Test, Southampton
21-25 August: v Pakistan 3rd Test, Southampton
28 August: v Pakistan 1st T20, Old Trafford
30 August: v Pakistan 2nd T20, Old Trafford
1 September: v Pakistan 3rd T20, Old Trafford
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