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Whole load of ODI & England v South Africa

Starting at the end of June is a couple of ODI series, followed then into July by the hugely anticipated England vs South Africa Test Series. Which of course is now known as the Basil D'Oliveira Trophy (title picture). Having already played each other in three ODI's before the Champions Trophy began, then three T20's just this week.                    

Both teams are already quite familar with each other but that all now changes though in the long format of the game. The captains and team managers however, will be making numerous squad changes in the four Test Series that starts at Lords on Thursday 6th July.

The One Day International series' that are taking place are Zimbabwe in Sri Lanka and India in the West Indies. Both these tours should be easy victories for Sri Lanka and India so they may give the chance to some of their younger players as they both prepare for the future.

Bookies Favourites

Looking at the odds, England are starting as slight favourites to beat South Africa. There are bookies offers on both teams to win the series at the moment. That suggests that the odds compilers are expecting a close encounter and it should be an inriguing warm up to the test series.

I'm not saying that the bookies always get things right but it's a fair indication of what we can expect. The conclusion is that based on the odds this is too close to call.

Enjoy the fixtures then, but of course I cannot go any furher without congratulating Pakistan are their recent Champions Trophy triumph. Fully derserved as they were excellent in both the sem-final against England and then even better against their old rivals India in the final. Very well done indeeed.

JUNE 2017

30 FRI Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Galle, 1st ODI
West Indies v India at North Sound, 3rd ODI

JULY 2017

2 SUN Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Galle, 2nd ODI
West Indies v India at North Sound, 4th ODI

6 THU Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Hambantota, 3rd ODI
England v South Africa at Lord's, 1st Test - day 1
West Indies v India at Kingston, 5th ODI

7 FRI England v South Africa at Lord's, 1st Test - day 2

8 SAT England v South Africa at Lord's, 1st Test - day 3
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Hambantota, 4th ODI

9 SUN England v South Africa at Lord's, 1st Test - day 4
West Indies v India at Kingston, Only T20I

10 MON England v South Africa at Lord's, 1st Test - day 5
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Hambantota, 5th ODI

14 FRI Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Only Test - day 1
England v South Africa at Nottingham, 2nd Test - day 1

15 SAT Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Only Test - day 2
England v South Africa at Nottingham, 2nd Test - day 2

16 SUN Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Only Test - day 3
England v South Africa at Nottingham, 2nd Test - day 3

17 MON Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Only Test - day 4
England v South Africa at Nottingham, 2nd Test - day 4

18 TUE Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe at Colombo (RPS), Only Test - day 5
England v South Africa at Nottingham, 2nd Test - day 5

 

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