England starts the home summer with test series against New Zealand

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England and New Zealand will play a two-game test series in June.© Twitter


England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed on Monday that England will begin their home international summer with a two-game test run against New Zealand, starting June 2. matches at Lord’s (June 2-6) and Edgbaston (June 10-14). England will also play a three-game T20I series against Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens on June 23-24 and the final T20I will be played at The Ageas Bowl on June 26. These matches precede the already announced three-match Royal London. Series against Sri Lanka starting June 29.

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Planning for the England Visually Impaired team’s Ashes series against Australia remains subject to COVID-19 reviews, the ECB said.

England will close their home season with a five-game test series against India.

“The prospect of our England men’s team taking on the two top ranked test countries in the world in New Zealand and India this summer is something for all of us to enjoy,” Tom Harrison, ECB CEO, said in a statement.

England are currently playing a two-game test series in Sri Lanka. After that, England will take on India in four tests, five T20Is and three ODIs. The first test starts on February 5 in Chennai.

Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer have been named in the England squad for the first two tests against India, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday.

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Stokes and Archer are currently not part of the England squad for the ongoing two-game test series against Sri Lanka, but the duo are returning to action after a well-deserved break. Rory Burns has also returned to the squad for Tests against India.

Under the leadership of Joe Root, England are looking to put on a tough performance to increase their chances of making it to the final of the World Test Championship in June.

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