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Something always happens!? Eng v Pak

Joe Root has confirmed the team for the first Test Match vs Pakistan that starts tomorrow at Lords, with Dom Bess making his debut and Jos Buttler being recalled. England: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow (w), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Dom Bess.          

Then the Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c, w), Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Saad Ali, Sami Aslam, Shadab Khan, Usman Salahuddin.

Something always happens when these two meet and there has been plenty of highlists over the years, whether it be controversies like match fixing, ball tampering, scuffing the pitch to outstanding matches and individual performances. Like England captain Joe Root's score of 254 back in 2016 at Old Trafford, which remains his highest test score.

Anyway, after a bad winter for England there is a few changes in their team, although under fire ex-captain Alastair Cook remains in the side to play in his 153rd consecutive match, which means he now equals Allan Border's record. Both Dawid Malan and Mark Stoneman also remain in the side and they will bat alongside Root, Bairstow and Stokes.

Somerset off break spinner Dom Bess comes in for his test debut to play alongside the pace bowlers of either Woakes, Wood, Broad and Anderson. Jos Buttler comes back into the side as a batsmen only to win his nineteenth cap after seventeen months of not being selected for the test side.

As well as the England vs Pakistan test series in the next month, there is also a test between the West Indies and Sri Lanka, as well as India playing Afghanistan in their inaugural test match.

MAY 2018

24 THU England v Pakistan at Lord's, 1st Test - day 1

25 FRI England v Pakistan at Lord's, 1st Test - day 2

26 SAT England v Pakistan at Lord's, 1st Test - day 3

27 SUN England v Pakistan at Lord's, 1st Test - day 4

28 MON England v Pakistan at Lord's, 1st Test - day 5

31 THU ICC World XI v West Indies T20I Match at Lord's, (night)

JUNE 2018

1 FRI England v Pakistan at Leeds, 2nd Test - day 1

2 SAT England v Pakistan at Leeds, 2nd Test - day 2

3 SUN England v Pakistan at Leeds, 2nd Test - day 3
Afghanistan v Bangladesh at Dehradun, 1st T20I (night)

4 MON England v Pakistan at Leeds, 2nd Test - day 4

5 TUE England v Pakistan at Leeds, 2nd Test - day 5
Afghanistan v Bangladesh at Dehradun, 2nd T20I (night)

6 WED West Indies v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain, 1st Test - day 1

7 THU West Indies v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain, 1st Test - day 2
Afghanistan v Bangladesh at Dehradun, 3rd T20I (night)

8 FRI West Indies v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain, 1st Test - day 3

9 SAT West Indies v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain, 1st Test - day 4

10 SUN West Indies v Sri Lanka at Port of Spain, 1st Test - day 5
Scotland v England at Edinburgh, Only ODI

12 TUE Scotland v Pakistan at Edinburgh, 1st T20I
Netherlands v Ireland at Rotterdam, 1st T20I Match

13 WED Scotland v Pakistan at Edinburgh, 2nd T20I
England v Australia at The Oval, 1st ODI (day/night)
Netherlands v Ireland at Rotterdam, 2nd Match

14 THU India v Afghanistan at Bengaluru, Only Test - day 1
West Indies v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet, 2nd Test - day 1

15 FRI India v Afghanistan at Bengaluru, Only Test - day 2
West Indies v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet, 2nd Test - day 2

16 SAT India v Afghanistan at Bengaluru, Only Test - day 3
West Indies v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet, 2nd Test - day 3
England v Australia at Cardiff, 2nd ODI
Ireland v Scotland at Deventer, 3rd T20I Match

17 SUN India v Afghanistan at Bengaluru, Only Test - day 4
West Indies v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet, 2nd Test - day 4
Ireland v Scotland at Deventer, 4th T20I Match

18 MON India v Afghanistan at Bengaluru, Only Test - day 5
West Indies v Sri Lanka at Gros Islet, 2nd Test - day 5

19 TUE England v Australia at Nottingham, 3rd ODI (day/night)
Netherlands v Scotland at Amstelveen, 5th T20I Match

20 WED Netherlands v Scotland at Amstelveen, 6th T20I Match

21 THU England v Australia at Chester-le-Street, 4th ODI (day/night)

South Africa's Batting Woes Continue

Australia exposed South Africa's batting problems with a ruthless performance in Durban. The Baggy Greens ripped through the South African line-up with frightening ease. Reverse swing master Mitchell Starc wreaked havoc and had the hosts back in the changing room one after the other.                  

As good as the Australian bowlers were it was a painful reminder to the South African think tank. Their batting problems can no longer be swept under the carpet. South Africa's recent record with the willow makes for dismal reading. In their last 8 innings, they haven't scored over 350 and have failed to make over 200 on four occasions. Since Dale Benkenstein was named batting coach the Proteas batting has imploded. All confidence and self-belief have vanished.

Dumping all these problems at Benkenstein's door isn't necessarily fair. The former Durham batsman didn't set the world alight in the international arena. However, having a lengthy list of international accolades on a CV doesn't make a successful coach. International sport is full of players from lower levels becoming industry leaders. 

Benkenstein was thrown into the deep end with his first assignments against the world's best. If ever there was a baptism of fire, playing India and Australia would be it.  There is a case for giving him more time in the job given how much he would have learned over this tough period. Whether Cricket South Africa will continue to back him is unknown.

The calls for his head are beginning to get louder. A big response from the South African batsmen in the three remaining Tests is needed. That will ease the pressure on Benkenstein. The implosion at Kingsmead may have far-reaching circumstances in the series. After such a dominant display in Durban, the Aussies are now 2/5 to win the contest in the latest cricket odds. With South Africa staring down the barrel, their batsmen need to step up.

There were a few glimmers of hope in the 4th innings during the first Test. South Africa's young prodigy Markram scored a magnificent 143. Quinton de Kock's return to form with a brisk 83 will have fans of the Proteas believing again. De Kock's place at number 7 is a crucial one in the Proteas set-up. Comparisons have been made between him and Adam Gilchrist. If South Africa are to play themselves back into this series, de Kock will need to be at his destructive best. 

No team in the world exploits weaknesses quite like Australia. They hunt in packs, with the bowlers and batsman being equally as aggressive. Bowling to a South African lineup as short on confidence as this current one is an Australian dream.

The South African Test side has been renowned for bouncing back after heavy defeats. A strong mental fortitude runs deep within the Test side. A strong response is to be expected.

This particular series has the makings of a thrilling one. If South Africa put up a better fight with the bat, it could be an all-time classic. Aiden Markram’s hundred in a losing cause may be the catalyst for a Proteas revival.

England in NZ, plus Feb/Mar fixtures

Joe Root's England side will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing Ashes series when they take on Kane Williamson's New Zealand next month in two Test Matches. The series, which starts with a day/night fixture in Auckland, is sure to be played in an entertaining fashion with both sides packed with explosive talent.       

Meanwhile, tickets have been selling fast for Emerald Headingley's 2018 internationals, with the ODI and Saturday of the Test Match already sold out. Fewer than 1,600 tickets remain for the Friday of the Test Match and there is good availability for the Sunday, with tickets starting from just £25 adults and £10 juniors.

Also coming up in March is the ICC 2017/18 World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe and the hosts will feature on the opening day on 4th March in Bulawayo, with the Windies to start campaign in Harare on 6 March. 10 teams are due to fight it out for two available places in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be staged in the United Kingdom from 30th May to 15th July next year.

FEBRUARY 2018

24 SAT South Africa v India at Cape Town, 3rd T20I (night)

25 SUN New Zealand v England at Hamilton, 1st ODI (day/night)

28 WED New Zealand v England at Mount Maunganui, 2nd ODI (day/night)

MARCH 2018

1 THU South Africa v Australia at Durban, 1st Test - day 1

2 FRI South Africa v Australia at Durban, 1st Test - day 2

3 SAT South Africa v Australia at Durban, 1st Test - day 3
New Zealand v England at Wellington, 3rd ODI (day/night)

4 SUN South Africa v Australia at Durban, 1st Test - day 4
ICC World Cup Qualifiers, 2017/18
Papua New Guinea v United Arab Emirates at Harare, Group A
Afghanistan v Scotland at Bulawayo, Group B

5 MON South Africa v Australia at Durban, 1st Test - day 5

6 TUE Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS), 1st Match
ICC World Cup Qualifiers, 2017/18
Papua New Guinea v Ireland at Harare, Group A
West Indies v United Arab Emirates at Harare, Group A
Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Bulawayo, Group B
Scotland v Hong Kong at Bulawayo, Group B

7 WED New Zealand v England at Dunedin, 4th ODI

8 THU Bangladesh v India at Colombo (RPS), 2nd Match
ICC World Cup Qualifiers, 2017/18
Afghanistan v Hong Kong at Bulawayo, Group B

9 FRI South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, 2nd Test - day 1

10 SAT South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, 2nd Test - day 2
New Zealand v England at Christchurch, 5th ODI
Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS), 3rd Match
ICC World Cup Qualifiers, 2017/18
West Indies v Ireland at Harare, Group A
Zimbabwe v Hong Kong at Bulawayo, Group B

11 SUN South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, 2nd Test - day 3

12 MON South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, 2nd Test - day 4
Sri Lanka v India at Colombo (RPS), 4th Match
ICC World Cup Qualifiers, 2017/18
Ireland v United Arab Emirates at Harare, Group A
Zimbabwe v Scotland at Bulawayo, Group B

13 TUE South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, 2nd Test - day 5

14 WED Bangladesh v India at Colombo (RPS), 5th Match

16 FRI Sri Lanka v Bangladesh at Colombo (RPS), 6th Match

18 SUN TBD v TBD at Colombo (RPS), Final

22 THU New Zealand v England at Auckland, 1st Test - day 1 (day/night)
South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, 3rd Test - day 1

England facing tough test vs New Zealand

After a month and a half of torture against Australia in the test arena, England bounced back with vengeance in the ODI’s series to complete a 4-1 series win. England's performance was in stark contrast to what they had produced during their disastrous Ashes campaign.                                    

There had been a suggestion before the ODI series got underway that the Three Lions’ ODI brand of cricket was ideally suited in helping them break out of the turmoil they found themselves in after being pummelled with the red ball.

Under captain Eoin Morgan England come out swinging from the first ball of any 50 overs game. Their explosive brand of cricket was born after a timid and cautious approach under Peter Moores during the 2015 World Cup saw them exit in the first round after being outfought by Bangladesh. Since then England’s bold approach has seen them turn into one-day international world beaters and in the last 10 ODI series they have played since 2016, Morgan’s men have won eight.

The upcoming ODI series against New Zealand will be a charged affair involving two of the most aggressive teams in world cricket. These two lineups are stacked full of power hitters who refused to be dictated to by any bowler. Both the Black Caps and Three Lions set out to control the tempo of the game and by doing so establish the upper hand.


"DSC04092" (CC BY 2.0) by Ben Sutherland

New Zealand hasn't had quite as an impressive run as England in recent series, but their record over the last ten series they have played in is far from poor. Kane Williamson’s men have won five of their last ten played in but have whitewashed the West Indies and Pakistan 3-0, and 5-0 respectively in their last two series. The Black Caps are a team high on confidence and have a phenomenal record when at home.  

Picking a winner for this particular series is like trying to predict what would happen when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. The only certain forecast is that it will be an adrenaline-fueled shoot-out between two teams that play the game the right way. Punters accessing this url will see that England are at slightly better odds of 3/1 than New Zealand at 10/3 to win the ongoing Trans-Tasman Tri-Series and that may be telling in how the future clashes will play out. 

The difference between T20 and ODI cricket is a significant one but gaining any sort of momentum before England's month and a half tour of New Zealand can’t be overlooked with the tussle between the two nations likely to be decided over fine margins.


"DSC04097" (CC BY 2.0) by Ben Sutherland

England’s tour has been a bit of mixed bag so far with the ultimate prize of the Ashes lost but a revival in the shorter formats salvaging some pride. A dominant display in the last leg against New Zealand will help steer the narrative away from the 4 months away from home being a total disaster. The levels of desire will have to be high as the New Zealanders will be relentless in their quest to end their summer on a high.

Liam Livingstone news, plus Jan/Feb fixtures

Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone has been named in the England Test squad, alongside Jimmy Anderson, for the first time ahead of the upcoming series against New Zealand in March. The 24 year-old, who's a graduate of the Lancs Academy, was recently named Captain having averaged over 50 in the County Championship.    

After making his England debut in a NatWest International T20 against South Africa in Taunton last summer. He is now closer than ever to fulfilling his dream of playing Test cricket for England after his inclusion in the squad for this spring’s New Zealand tour.

In other Lancashire news, Livingstone's Lancshire team mate and England wicket keeper Jos Buttler has been named in the 16-man England squad for the Gillette International IT20 series against Australia and New Zealand.

Speaking of England bowler James Anderson, he's also come out recently and said there is no need for a ‘big upheaval’ after Australia won the Ashes 4-0 in Sydney. Australia completed victory on the final day in Sydney where England were beaten by an innings and 123 runs after being bowled out for 180 by mid-afternoon. We here at The Cricket Tier are not so sure, or is it just that playing home and away these days you have to prepare completely different squads and players.

In other news, last week also marked the start of the 500-day countdown to ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 in England and Wales. Next year’s tournament, which will feature 10 teams across 48 matches between 30 May and 14 July, will be the fourth time England & Wales have hosted the global event. In the meantime check out this month's fixtures:

JANUARY 2018

25 THU South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 3rd Test - day 2
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 6th match (day/night)
New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, 2nd T20I (night)

26 FRI South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 3rd Test - day 3
Australia v England at Adelaide, 4th ODI (day/night)

27 SAT South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 3rd Test - day 4
TBD v TBD at Dhaka, Final (day/night)

28 SUN South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 3rd Test - day 5
Australia v England at Perth, 5th ODI
New Zealand v Pakistan at Mount Maunganui, 3rd T20I (night)

31 WED Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, 1st Test - day 1

FEBRUARY 2018

1 THU Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, 1st Test - day 2
South Africa v India at Durban, 1st ODI (day/night)

2 FRI Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, 1st Test - day 3

3 SAT Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, 1st Test - day 4
Australia v New Zealand at Sydney, 1st Match (night)

4 SUN Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Chittagong, 1st Test - day 5
South Africa v India at Centurion, 2nd ODI

5 MON Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 1st T20I

6 TUE Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 2nd T20I

7 WED Australia v England at Hobart, 2nd Match (night)
South Africa v India at Cape Town, 3rd ODI (day/night)

8 THU Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 2nd Test - day 1

9 FRI Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 2nd Test - day 2
Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 1st ODI (day/night)

10 SAT Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 2nd Test - day 3
Australia v England at Melbourne, 3rd Match (night)
South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 4th ODI (day/night)

11 SUN Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 2nd Test - day 4
Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 2nd ODI (day/night)

12 MON Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 2nd Test - day 5

13 TUE New Zealand v England at Wellington, 4th Match (night)
Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 3rd ODI (day/night)
South Africa v India at Port Elizabeth, 5th ODI (day/night)

15 THU Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, 1st T20I (night)

16 FRI New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, 5th Match (night)
Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 4th ODI (day/night)
South Africa v India at Centurion, 6th ODI (day/night)

18 SUN New Zealand v England at Hamilton, 6th Match (night)
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Sylhet, 2nd T20I (night)
South Africa v India at Johannesburg, 1st T20I

19 MON Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, 5th ODI (day/night)

21 WED TBD v TBD at Auckland, Final (night)
South Africa v India at Centurion, 2nd T20I (night)

England lose The Ashes in Perth again

England have lost The Ashes once again in Perth after a crushing innings defeat by Australia in third Test. The Aussie players embraced on the field in a half-empty ground after an earlier rain delay halted their victory. It's just 863 days since England had reclaimed the Ashes themselves at Trent Bridge in Nottingham in 2015.                 

After losing at The Gabba, Brisbane in the first test, then losing the second test at The Adelaide Oval in the ever first Ashes day/nighter in Australia we went to The Wacca, Perth in hope. It wasn't to be though and in the end we were outplayed. Batting first we started okay, then had a bit of a wobble before both Malan and Bairstow went on to get centuries which gave us a massive chance of getting a huge lead. Unfortuntely we went from being 368-4 to all out for 403 in just six overs. Not a great start for Joe Root as England captain.

Australia then went on to get 662-9 declared with Mitchell Marsh scoing 181 and captain Steve Smith racking up 239. They thought they had enough of a lead and they were right, bowling England all out for just 218 to win back the urn and win The Ashes. They'll now be looking for a 5-0 whitewash again.

England now need to bounce back and try and at least get a win in the remaining two tests to take some sort of confidence into the ODI and T20 series that are coming up. Plus there is a load more cricket coming up from the southern hemisphere which is listed below. Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

DECEMBER 2017

22 FRI India v Sri Lanka at Indore, 2nd T20I (night)

23 SAT New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch, 2nd ODI

24 SUN India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai, 3rd T20I (night)

26 TUE New Zealand v West Indies at Christchurch, 3rd ODI
Australia v England at Melbourne, 4th Test - day 1
South Africa v Zimbabwe at Port Elizabeth, Only Test - day 1 (day/night)

27 WED Australia v England at Melbourne, 4th Test - day 2
South Africa v Zimbabwe at Port Elizabeth, Only Test - day 2 (day/night)

28 THU Australia v England at Melbourne, 4th Test - day 3
South Africa v Zimbabwe at Port Elizabeth, Only Test - day 3 (day/night)

29 FRI Australia v England at Melbourne, 4th Test - day 4
South Africa v Zimbabwe at Port Elizabeth, Only Test - day 4 (day/night)
New Zealand v West Indies at Nelson, 1st T20I

30 SAT Australia v England at Melbourne, 4th Test - day 5 

JANUARY 2018

1 MON New Zealand v West Indies at Mount Maunganui, 2nd T20I (night)

3 WED New Zealand v West Indies at Mount Maunganui, 3rd T20I (night)

4 THU Australia v England at Sydney, 5th Test - day 1

5 FRI Australia v England at Sydney, 5th Test - day 2
South Africa v India at Cape Town, 1st Test - day 1

6 SAT Australia v England at Sydney, 5th Test - day 3
South Africa v India at Cape Town, 1st Test - day 2
New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, 1st ODI

7 SUN Australia v England at Sydney, 5th Test - day 4
South Africa v India at Cape Town, 1st Test - day 3

8 MON Australia v England at Sydney, 5th Test - day 5
South Africa v India at Cape Town, 1st Test - day 4

9 TUE South Africa v India at Cape Town, 1st Test - day 5
New Zealand v Pakistan at Nelson, 2nd ODI

13 SAT New Zealand v Pakistan at Dunedin, 3rd ODI
South Africa v India at Centurion, 2nd Test - day 1

14 SUN South Africa v India at Centurion, 2nd Test - day 2
Australia v England at Melbourne, 1st ODI (day/night)

15 MON South Africa v India at Centurion, 2nd Test - day 3

16 TUE South Africa v India at Centurion, 2nd Test - day 4
New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton, 4th ODI (day/night)

17 WED South Africa v India at Centurion, 2nd Test - day 5

19 FRI New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, 5th ODI
Australia v England at Brisbane, 2nd ODI (day/night)

21 SUN Australia v England at Sydney, 3rd ODI (day/night)

22 MON New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, 1st T20I (day/night)

 

 

The Ashes 2017 schedule

The 2017 Ashes series from down under in Australian has finally started and day one is done and dusted. Before the start I honestly had no idea which way the series will go, I'd also heard the weather hadn't been great in Brisbane either and with that in mine it could help both our bowlers and theirs.     

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Whoever won the toss I thought would bat, and so it proved as Root won it and opted to bat with Smith confirming afterwards he'd have done the same. It was the obvious choice for everyone looking at the pitch, so any captain that chose to bowl will have been open to criticism. Saying that if Root or Smith had lost the toss I don't think they'll have to much to worry about as such.

England don't need to win the first test, but they do need to win one of the first two tests in my opinion to have any chance of success this time around in Australia. Nothing is decided in the first three sessions of a Test Match, but what you actually do in it can set the tone for the rest of the series. England therefore will be looking to get going from the very first ball, if there is any hope in them changing the odds on a bet on cricket by beating the Aussies down under this time around.

Therefore with Alastair Cook getting out in the third over this morning there was even more pressure on relative newbies Stoneman and Vince. The Ashes debutants didn't disappoint either, in fact they both stood up for themselves and didn't look out of place out there in the middle of The Gabba pitch.

Cook's wicket was the only one to go in the first session and Stoneman and Vince saw off all four of Australian's bowlers. The rain then came with over an hour's delay in play so mentally they both had to cope with that too. They did that and Vince in particular played some fantastic cover drives and he scored more quickly than his partner.

Some stats that are mentioned I roll my eyes out. However, when Alison Mitchell in commentary said that Stoneman and Vince's partnership was now higher than any England partnership from our last series out there I was taken back. Apparently Root and Pieterson's 111 at Adelaide was out highest. That to me sums up how poor we were as a team in the 2013/14 series.

Vince and Stoneman both got their first fifties which is a huge confidence boost at this stage but they couldn't go on to get centuries as we finished the day on 196 for 4. Captain Root was the other one to get out, also with a low score like Cook. However, Malan and Ali batted out the day which finished nine ball earlier than planned due to bad light.

Overall then, no team will feel they're on top of the other. It's about 50/50 to me still, so tomorrow morning could be decisive for both teams. The Aussies will want early wickets with England looking to get to 350 plus if they can.

In the meantime there is still plenty of other cricket going on around the globe to keep your addiction to our great sport going through until the Christmas, check out the fixtures below.

NOVEMBER 2017

23 THU Australia v England at Brisbane, 1st Test - day 1

24 FRI Australia v England at Brisbane, 1st Test - day 2
India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, 2nd Test - day 1

25 SAT Australia v England at Brisbane, 1st Test - day 3
India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, 2nd Test - day 2

26 SUN Australia v England at Brisbane, 1st Test - day 4
India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, 2nd Test - day 3

27 MON Australia v England at Brisbane, 1st Test - day 5
India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, 2nd Test - day 4

28 TUE India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, 2nd Test - day 5 

DECEMBER 2017

1 FRI New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington, 1st Test - day 1

2 SAT New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington, 1st Test - day 2
Australia v England at Adelaide, 2nd Test - day 1 (day/night)
India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, 3rd Test - day 1

3 SUN New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington, 1st Test - day 3
Australia v England at Adelaide, 2nd Test - day 2 (day/night)
India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, 3rd Test - day 2

4 MON New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington, 1st Test - day 4
Australia v England at Adelaide, 2nd Test - day 3 (day/night)
India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, 3rd Test - day 3

5 TUE New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington, 1st Test - day 5
Australia v England at Adelaide, 2nd Test - day 4 (day/night)
India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, 3rd Test - day 4

6 WED Australia v England at Adelaide, 2nd Test - day 5 (day/night)
India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, 3rd Test - day 5
Hong Kong v Papua New Guinea at ICCA Dubai,

8 FRI Hong Kong v Papua New Guinea at ICCA Dubai,

9 SAT New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton, 2nd Test - day 1

10 SUN New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton, 2nd Test - day 2
India v Sri Lanka at Dharamsala, 1st ODI (day/night)

11 MON New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton, 2nd Test - day 3

12 TUE New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton, 2nd Test - day 4

13 WED New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton, 2nd Test - day 5
India v Sri Lanka at Mohali, 2nd ODI (day/night)

14 THU Australia v England at Perth, 3rd Test - day 1

15 FRI Australia v England at Perth, 3rd Test - day 2

16 SAT Australia v England at Perth, 3rd Test - day 3

17 SUN Australia v England at Perth, 3rd Test - day 4
India v Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam, 3rd ODI (day/night)

18 MON Australia v England at Perth, 3rd Test - day 5

20 WED New Zealand v West Indies at Whangarei, 1st ODI
India v Sri Lanka at Cuttack, 1st T20I (night)

22 FRI India v Sri Lanka at Indore, 2nd T20I (night)

 

How long until The Ashes start?

If you're anything like me then you'll know exactly when it starts, I've had the date listed on my calendar for over six month now. If not, then you'll be pleased to know it starts exactly one month today on November 23rd, when both teams will enter the field of play at The Gabba in Brisbane.                         

England of course will be without one of their main men, Durham's Ben Stokes. The all-rounder was arrested after an incident in Bristol last month after an evening out at a nighclub with friends. Since then The ECB have confirmed he will not be travelling down under with England captain Joe Root and the rest of the squad. It is a gutting loss for England but a huge bonus for the Australians as he is one of the key men that they surely feared. Is it the correct decision to leave him out though? Well, I'm afraid it has to be as they do not really have much choice with a police investigation still pending.

The last time England played down under they were well and truly beat in a 5-0 whitewash to the aussies. Going into this tour I don't think we had much chance but the last will just have to regroup and get on with it. Speaking of which, I came across the quiz earlier today, I'm ashamed to say I only got 50% correct in three minutes of The Cricketer magazine's quiz on how many of England's 18-man squad from 2013/14 can you name? See how you can do.

In the meantime there is still plenty of other cricket going on around the globe to keep your addiction to our great sport going, so check out the fixtures below. Not listed below though is the Women's Ashes and that has already started with Australia beating England on Sunday just gone.

OCTOBER 2017

23 MON Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, 1st Test - day 3
Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, 5th ODI (day/night)

24 TUE Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, 1st Test - day 4

25 WED Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, 1st Test - day 5
India v New Zealand at Pune, 2nd ODI (day/night)

26 THU Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi, 1st T20I (night)
South Africa v Bangladesh at Bloemfontein, 1st T20I (night)

27 FRI Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi, 2nd T20I (night)

29 SUN Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, 2nd Test - day 1
India v New Zealand at Kanpur, 3rd ODI (day/night)
South Africa v Bangladesh at Potchefstroom, 2nd T20I
Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Lahore, 3rd T20I (night)

30 MON Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, 2nd Test - day 2

31 TUE Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, 2nd Test - day 3

NOVEMBER 2017

1 WED Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, 2nd Test - day 4
India v New Zealand at Delhi, 1st T20I (night)

2 THU Zimbabwe v West Indies at Bulawayo, 2nd Test - day 5

4 SAT India v New Zealand at Rajkot, 2nd T20I (night)

7 TUE India v New Zealand at Thiruvananthapuram, 3rd T20I (night)

16 THU India v Sri Lanka at Kolkata, 1st Test - day 1

17 FRI India v Sri Lanka at Kolkata, 1st Test - day 2

18 SAT India v Sri Lanka at Kolkata, 1st Test - day 3

19 SUN India v Sri Lanka at Kolkata, 1st Test - day 4

20 MON India v Sri Lanka at Kolkata, 1st Test - day 5

 

 

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