England Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the home schedule for the year 2018. England will host the Pakistan, Scotland, Australia and India. It’s going to be a challenging year for the Englishmen as they will play against 3 quality sides.
First, the Three Lions will take on Pakistan in 2 Tests followed by 5 ODIs and a T20I against Australia. Then, the much-anticipated contest will arrive as India will travel there to play 3 ODIs and as many T20s which will be followed by a mouthwatering 5-Tests series.
“A five-Test series against India is at the heart of next summer’s international programme,” said ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison. “This is always a much-anticipated contest which attracts a huge following across the globe for the five-day game. “Test match cricket has a strong, consistent and passionate following across England and Wales and the seven summer Tests, starting with the Pakistan matches, are sure to attract good crowds.” he added.
“Alongside these, England’s white-ball contests against India, Australia and Scotland will give a fascinating guide to form ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup, to be staged here in 2019,” Harrison added.
“We are pleased to have a very loyal following for all three formats of the game and we expect to attract great crowds across the summer. The universal on-sale date was a great success for the venues and fans last year and we will repeat that again this year. What also stays the same is that we would urge fans to apply early and plan for a big summer of cricket,” he concluded.
England’s 2018 schedule
24-28 May – 1st Test, Lord’s
1-5 June – 2nd Test, Emerald Headingley
10 June – Scotland v England, Grange CC, Edinburgh
13 June – 1st ODI, Kia Oval
16 June – 2nd ODI, SSE SWALEC, Cardiff
19 June – 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge
21 June – 4th ODI, Emirates Riverside
24 June – 5th ODI, Emirates Old Trafford
27 June – IT20, Edgbaston
3 July – 1st IT20, Emirates Old Trafford
6 July – 2nd IT20, SSE SWALEC, Cardiff
8 July – 3rd IT20, The Brightside Ground, Bristol
12 July – 1st ODI, Trent Bridge
14 July – 2nd ODI, Lord’s
17 July – 3rd ODI, Emerald Headingley
1-5 August – 1st Test, Edgbaston
9-13 August – 2nd Test, Lord’s
18-22 August – 3rd Test, Trent Bridge
30 August-3 September – 4th Test, Ageas Bowl
7-11 September – 5th Test, Kia Oval
30 June – One-Day Cup Final, Lord’s
15 September – T20 Blast Finals Day, Edgbaston