India in England 2014 September 2, 2013

England confirm India tour itinerary

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England face one of their most condensed home Test series after next year's schedule for India's visit was confirmed with five Tests to be held over just 42 days. It will be the first time since 1959 that India will have played five Tests on an England tour while the trip, which runs from June 23 to September 8, also includes five ODIs and one T20.

The Test matches have been crammed into a period from July 9 to August 19 with no other tour matches scheduled between any of them. In comparison, this year's Ashes series was spread over 47 days with reasonable breaks between the second and third then fourth and fifth Tests.

India will begin their tour with two three-day matches against Leicestershire and Derbyshire. The first Test will be played at Trent Bridge from July 9, while Lord's will host the second Test, which begins on July 17. While the ECB has listed the Ageas Bowl (Southampton) as a venue for the third Test it still needs to pass a final facility inspection before being rubber-stamped.

The third Test is also slated to begin on Sunday, July 27, a break from conventional scheduling in England, where Tests are usually slotted to include a full weekend. The last two Tests will be played at Old Trafford and The Oval, from August 7 and August 15, respectively.

The five ODIs, scheduled between August 25 and September 5, will be held in Bristol, Cardiff, Trent Bridge, Headingley and Edgbaston. India are also scheduled to play a 50-over game against Middlesex between the Test and ODI series. The only T20 match on the tour will be played at Edgbaston on September 7.

ECB chief executive David Collier said demand for the tickets is expected to be high: "We anticipate significant demand for tickets both for the Investec Test series, and for the One-Day International series which will be the first encounter between these two countries in the 50-Over format since India's triumph in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy competition at Edgbaston earlier this year."

India previously toured England in 2011 when they were whitewashed 4-0 in the Tests, during which England went to No. 1 in the world, and they also lost the one-dayers 3-0.

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  • avmd on September 2, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Good old fashioned 5 test series, between two good sides with large fan base, love it. Even one T20 is one too many, don't need that, this is a serious cricket , looking forward. I'm not an England and or Indian team support but a big supporter of a good test series which are far and few between. SA-India series is another one worth watching, same will be Pak-SA at UAE. Will look at the score of Pak-Zim "series" but won't be watching it.

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Well done ECB!

    5 Tests is exactly what it should be between two heavy weight teams.

    Additionally , two first class games before the series begins! 3 first class games would have been better, but at least you have not put any of this 2 day game rubbish.

    You've even given a List A game v Middx before the ODI series. Magic!

    And only ONE 20-20! Super work.

    I still think the ODIs should be played before the Tests (whet appetite etc) and playing cricket in mid September is not ideal.

    However, I think the ECB and BCCI should be commended.

    Well done chaps!

    Keep up the good work!

  • on May 21, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Hope the indian selectors will do a good job otherwise they will select raina and yuvraj in test series which is a complete wastage

  • on May 8, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    it would be a great battle

  • on September 5, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    I feel sorry for Sri Lanka - they're only getting 2 tests. Why not play 4 against India and 3 against Sri Lanka. The scheduling is so stupid it can only have been thought up by somebody like Lord MacLaurin or maybe Geoff Miller...

  • on September 4, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    @ Kenny Vinod - why on earth do you want 7 ODI's and 3 T20's in addition to 5 Test matches? Even 3 ODI's are 3 too many - what do all you people want? Does everyone want to see a burnt-out cricketer drop dead on a cricket field before they wake up and realise that there's too much played within too short a timeframe in too many countries in too many formats just to satisfy all the Boards' coffers, TV, advertisers and so-called fans? Just wake up to the problem.

  • John-Price on September 4, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Why play two warm-up games against the counties who will field sub-standard teams - why not go to Dublin for one match and play a four day game against Ireland who would relish the opportunity?

  • on September 4, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    the true teams potential of england and , india will comes out when they played againest south africa in SA Facing morkel, philander, and styen..on the most bouncy pitches at present ONLY ENGLAND looking great and superior power than others, england smashed india both in england and india also , they won matches againest a team which has the greatest captain inthe whole world......... even dhoni didnt played up to his image . againest english bowlers either in england and in india... like he played againest the most ever weaker bowling attack like australia....iam looking for a series like englands againest SA IN SA.. 5 tests 7 odis and 3 t20s that will be a great series to watch..... now india had great opening pairs for both tests and odis in da form of rohit and shikar a, tests shikhar and vijay,,,pujara, kholi, ravindra jadeja , and dhoni we have to see how they plays IN ABROAD againest SA in SA..AND ALL OVER ...

  • JG2704 on September 3, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    @CandidIndian on (September 3, 2013, 9:06 GMT) Thanks bud.I would just say play 3 ODI's and 3 T20s - then if no weather we have an equal amount of T20s and ODIs and everyone's happy. 12 months is a long time in cricket but judging by some of our bowling performances in the shorter formats we may as well forfeit those in advance although I suppose it's in England so we may win one or at least get a no result in one. We're unlikely to have another dryish summer. Re the Ashes , I must admit I think 3-0 was a little flattering but I was never one who thought we'd win 5-0 - although I though (didn't say) it might be the case after the 2nd test but Aus fought well and should have won the 3rd test , although it's a relief to get away from some of those one eyed commentors who said luck/DRS/Broad not walking was the Only reason Eng won.

    All the best

  • Equanimous on September 3, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    So if you loose to a team 3-0 you don't invite em over when its their turn. Instead you schedule a 5 test series against a team you beat 2-1. Brilliant!!!!

  • avmd on September 2, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Good old fashioned 5 test series, between two good sides with large fan base, love it. Even one T20 is one too many, don't need that, this is a serious cricket , looking forward. I'm not an England and or Indian team support but a big supporter of a good test series which are far and few between. SA-India series is another one worth watching, same will be Pak-SA at UAE. Will look at the score of Pak-Zim "series" but won't be watching it.

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Well done ECB!

    5 Tests is exactly what it should be between two heavy weight teams.

    Additionally , two first class games before the series begins! 3 first class games would have been better, but at least you have not put any of this 2 day game rubbish.

    You've even given a List A game v Middx before the ODI series. Magic!

    And only ONE 20-20! Super work.

    I still think the ODIs should be played before the Tests (whet appetite etc) and playing cricket in mid September is not ideal.

    However, I think the ECB and BCCI should be commended.

    Well done chaps!

    Keep up the good work!

  • on May 21, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    Hope the indian selectors will do a good job otherwise they will select raina and yuvraj in test series which is a complete wastage

  • on May 8, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    it would be a great battle

  • on September 5, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    I feel sorry for Sri Lanka - they're only getting 2 tests. Why not play 4 against India and 3 against Sri Lanka. The scheduling is so stupid it can only have been thought up by somebody like Lord MacLaurin or maybe Geoff Miller...

  • on September 4, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    @ Kenny Vinod - why on earth do you want 7 ODI's and 3 T20's in addition to 5 Test matches? Even 3 ODI's are 3 too many - what do all you people want? Does everyone want to see a burnt-out cricketer drop dead on a cricket field before they wake up and realise that there's too much played within too short a timeframe in too many countries in too many formats just to satisfy all the Boards' coffers, TV, advertisers and so-called fans? Just wake up to the problem.

  • John-Price on September 4, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Why play two warm-up games against the counties who will field sub-standard teams - why not go to Dublin for one match and play a four day game against Ireland who would relish the opportunity?

  • on September 4, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    the true teams potential of england and , india will comes out when they played againest south africa in SA Facing morkel, philander, and styen..on the most bouncy pitches at present ONLY ENGLAND looking great and superior power than others, england smashed india both in england and india also , they won matches againest a team which has the greatest captain inthe whole world......... even dhoni didnt played up to his image . againest english bowlers either in england and in india... like he played againest the most ever weaker bowling attack like australia....iam looking for a series like englands againest SA IN SA.. 5 tests 7 odis and 3 t20s that will be a great series to watch..... now india had great opening pairs for both tests and odis in da form of rohit and shikar a, tests shikhar and vijay,,,pujara, kholi, ravindra jadeja , and dhoni we have to see how they plays IN ABROAD againest SA in SA..AND ALL OVER ...

  • JG2704 on September 3, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    @CandidIndian on (September 3, 2013, 9:06 GMT) Thanks bud.I would just say play 3 ODI's and 3 T20s - then if no weather we have an equal amount of T20s and ODIs and everyone's happy. 12 months is a long time in cricket but judging by some of our bowling performances in the shorter formats we may as well forfeit those in advance although I suppose it's in England so we may win one or at least get a no result in one. We're unlikely to have another dryish summer. Re the Ashes , I must admit I think 3-0 was a little flattering but I was never one who thought we'd win 5-0 - although I though (didn't say) it might be the case after the 2nd test but Aus fought well and should have won the 3rd test , although it's a relief to get away from some of those one eyed commentors who said luck/DRS/Broad not walking was the Only reason Eng won.

    All the best

  • Equanimous on September 3, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    So if you loose to a team 3-0 you don't invite em over when its their turn. Instead you schedule a 5 test series against a team you beat 2-1. Brilliant!!!!

  • on September 3, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    India is the economic powerhouse of cricket. It is in England's interest that India play a 5 test series in England.

    Also England want to tour India more frequently.

  • fguy on September 3, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    i can bet out of the 73 day tour all but 3 will be rain-affected.

  • Nampally on September 3, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    BCCI has crammed in Indian tour of New Zealand starting on January 19. The Itinerary of the NZ tour appears to be more in line with my earlier comments- i.e., 5 ODI's ahead of the Test matches. Finally NZ CB & BCCI have got their heads together. This way, the visiting team gets a better chance of adapting to the playing conditions of the country via a shorter format. The farcical friendlies arranged for the visitors with friendly pitches & second string bowling does not give the visitors a fair chance to sharpen their skills for a 5 day encounter. India is scheduled to play Leicester & Derby- neither the top contending county teams. The mode of utilizing the 5 ODI's for the practice matches ahead of the Tests is still the best alternative in the present limited time schedules of cramming as many Tests in as short a time! This gives the visitors to chance to face the top class bowling on pitches with similar conditions to the Test pitches. The Way to go NZ CB.

  • 2.14istherunrate on September 3, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Yes it is good to have another 5 Test series scheduled and India these days are as good as anyone-pariicularly after 2011,which was fun. but the scheduling is against the players. There has to be a reast somewhere and having the same outline as this year would be better by far. The players are NOT slaves and natural rest time is required desperately or something will give. I also wonder why Edgbaston is left out for another year-appauling decision to my mind.It is one of the best grounds in UK and serves a massive population.

  • fguy on September 3, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    why this largesse shown by the BCCI to ECB? we dont even play 5 match test series at home. & here we are playing them after 3 years whereas Eng are scheduled to travel to India only in 2016 ie after gap of 4 years & that too only for 4 matches.

  • reality_check on September 3, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    "Great schedule. There should be more cricket between India, England and Australia. Other teams do not bring in the money, no point in playing them."

    Great recipe to kill cricket everywhere for the sake of short term monetary gain. Top five test teams currently also include South Africa #1 and Pakistan #4 and you want to exclude them plus who would want to watch just three teams playing each other all the time. It will get boring in a couple of years.

  • itsthewayuplay on September 3, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Doesn't appear the BCCI has learned any lessons from the thrashing India was given by England in 2011. England was the better team so nothing can be done about that. But India couldn't even begin to compete for a variety of reasons including acclimatisation. 2 warm up games in 2014 and the Indian team will be better prepared than last time round? Perhaps after those 2 warm ups and the 1st three tests India may be ready for the 4th and 5th tests. With this schedule, 5 tests could well mean 5-0 to England instead of 4-0. The worrying thing is that the lack of planning begins much earlier with the 2 test series against WI in November this year to allow Tendulkar to reach 200 tests and then retire at his home ground. You have to wonder how serious the BCCI is about test match cricket.

  • YorkshirePudding on September 3, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @icfa,

    I dont think theres much of a problem with that, in 2014 england only play 8 tests and one of them is the final Ashes test at the SCG. After that its all Limited overs cricket as they build up to the WC50 in 2015, with a triangular series between India and Aus in Aus before christmas.

    After that I think dont play a test until May when we play NZ in 2 tests ahead of the 2015 Ashes series.

  • CandidIndian on September 3, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    I dearly hope that will be more competitive this time. None of the sensible cricket fans like one sided series especially when two teams play each other regularly. For the same reason India-SL ODI series turned boring as results were too one sided, another example can be of 90s when Pakistan had upper hand on Indians in most of the ODIs. We do not want test series to get mundane, hopefully Indian youngsters will give good fight to England who obviously have an upper hand. Cheers.

  • YorkshirePudding on September 3, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @Sir_Ivor,. the australians only played Somerset and Worcester before the first test, prior to that the A-team played Ireland, Scotland and I think the Lions in 3 games.

    Apart from the CT games that was the limit of thier 'warm-up' and most of the Test squad didnt play ODI's.

  • YorkshirePudding on September 3, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    @Nampally, I'm not specifically saying the ECB is you were, by the inference is on the ECB arranging Warmup games, but with the Tight summer, I agree a lot of cricket will do that.

    In regards to the SA tour, i have a nagging doubt that it will not go ahead, as we'vw all have read about the tensions between the 2 boards since Lorgat was announced as the CSA chief.

    It should be a good series, next year and a lot closer than it was in 2011, Inexperience in the indian squad may be its downfall, as we saw in the Australian squad, in situations like CLS.

    Hopefully I can gettickets for a few of the games, especially to watch Pujara Bat.

  • CandidIndian on September 3, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    JG2704- Sensible comment as always, adding to what you have written, in my opinion once ODI series is decided then rest of the meaningless ODIs should be scrapped,BTW congratulations for retaining the Ashes.

    Cpt.Meanster- Its because of Haroon Logart, also tour itinerary was decided without even consulting Indian board. I am not a fan of BCCI and its ways to do things, but the other side is also at fault in my opinion. Due to such Ego clashes cricket suffers the most.

  • on September 3, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    @zing.houdini - Highly unlikely. ECB didn't do foolish thing like Cricket SA to announce itinerary without even getting consent from BCCI. This one is announced only after BCCI gave it a go. So, there is no such threat like on in case of SA tour. Also, interestingly ECB adjusted the test matches to be played later instead of may to suit BCCI as many SL players will also be in IPL and even English players choose to play in IPL if got purchased. It is good that both Past and Present of the game are making an effort to preserve the tests and rekindling their friendship. Who knows next CLT20 might take place in England or may be something like, IPL winners playing in English T20 competition. Hope whatever happens, happens for betterment of the game.

  • on September 3, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Why is there no test at Edgbaston (again)? Given its capacity and the recent renovations it seems unfair that Edgbaston is over-looked again.

  • on September 3, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Not happy with choice of venues for them. It is fine to play against Aus in spin friendly and flat wickets but certainly you can't do that against Indians, especially in prime of summer. The oval and Manchester are absolute flat wickets and even Trent Bridge and Lords get spin later in match. Hence, the venues should have been where the pitches don't deteriorate much and don't become too much spin friendly. Although, we did beat them in India in spin friendly wickets but we can repeat same here does not seem likely. Swann alone won't be good enough and Monty's having his own problems. Tredwell could be a good choice but then fitness and age are issues with both of them. My choice of venues would have been, 1st test Headingley, 2nd test Nottingham (both venues where indian batsmen will be vulnerable) and then the traditional ones Lords, Cardiff as proposed or Durham could also be a good choice and ending with Oval or if possible give it to Taunton.

  • zing.houdini on September 3, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    While it sounds promising, I will believe it when India land in the UK for this series. I mean, what is to stop BCCI from "shortening" this series as well closer to the date for their own pretentious reasons..?

  • DINESHCC on September 3, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    As usual some of our fans started claiming cracker of series and series win for India. Nothing is going to happen. Another thrashing is on the cards. However I hope India will perform better than 2011 since Sehwag, Gambhir and Tendulkar wont be playing in July 2014

  • on September 3, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    It gonna be a some long hard tour for Indians. All Eng fans gonna relish the series as long as Indians "compete". Have few suggestions for them. Don't play their main bowlers like Bhuvneshwar and Umesh and main test batsmen like Pujara and Vijay in IPL. Send them a month or two earlier to England and let them play some club cricket if not county to acclimatize with conditions here. Also, should consider likes of R P singh and Praveen Kumar as backup bowler and make them play club or some kind of cricket here to remain in touch and form. The more they play, better they'll get. But there main concern will remain batting. For it to click, they need to seriously focus on how to counter swing and pace from English bowlers. It is not rocket science to learn it but they will take time and just two 3Day games are not good enough to apply the changes in batting techniques. If possible, send them too to play in England asap they done with IPL, without waiting further. Must be a great contest.

  • JG2704 on September 3, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    5 tests I like , but I'd prefer a 3/3 split between ODIs and T20s. T20s for me is a more fan friendly format

  • nikhil343 on September 3, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    I think MSD has a great chance to rewrite history.......southafrica in 2013,newzealand and england in 2014,australia in 2014-2015 season....A nice challenge to prove his critics wrong and considering that the core of the team is young,it will be a huge test....HOPE INDIA and MSD FLOURISH......:)

  • Wayne_Larkins_Barnet on September 3, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Five tests! Awesome! Can't wait to see England wiped off their feet just like what India did to Australia in India but England were so incapable of doing to the lowly rated Aussies. India 5-0.

  • ReverseSweepIndia on September 3, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    good to know that its 5 match series. But it will be best for us spectators that both teams are on their peak. Because what I am afraid most is, it is possible that our new generation find it hard to cope with rigors of tests and Eng, it is possible that their very good players are on the same phase where ours were standing in last Eng tour (Swann, Trott, Anderson, Prior) are not getting any younger. Also, I would like India to play ODI before the tests because core of our both squads is same and it will give them more time to settle down.

  • dirtydozen on September 3, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    great a 5 test match series. I hope that this will be described as the indo-eng ashes for this present century. It would have been better if guys like dravid,laxman were playing. It will be too early to predict the series as india may have a new and inexperienced batting unit India should sent a A team like the way they did against south africa just a few weeks back

  • on September 3, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Hope BCCI does not come up with ideas to squeeze in couple of home tests for retiring Viru, Bhajji or Zak :-P

  • JohnSM on September 3, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    5-0. Couldn't care less about the ODI and t20 results. 5-0 in tests. I am sure of it. Our promising limited overs stars with very limited technique or temperament are going to be swamped.

    And then our bowlers, bowling at breakneck speeds of 82 mph with some swing, admittedly, will be outbowled by the english pacers hitting the high 80s with movement and the occassional bouncer from Finn and Broad. I remember how Broady was ridiculed in India cause Yuvi took him apart for 36 runs in a t20 game once. Look where Broad is and where Yuvi is now. Worlds apart.

    It's going to be a sound thrashing. Can't wait. *sarcasm*

  • jmcilhinney on September 3, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    @chokkashokka on (September 3, 2013, 0:53 GMT), I don't know, a few of the England players were heroes away during their series win in India on their last tour.

  • praneethtz on September 3, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    I think 5 test series is the best and all heavy weight teams should follow this practice...idealy ODI and T20 cricket before test cricket would make it more exiting as the sub continent teams get accustomed to the conditions better which makes the test series competitive..BCCI shld learn frm ECB ,the importance they give to test cricket and schedule 5 tests for all imp series wen touring SA,AUS,NEW,ENG

  • on September 3, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Finally two boards agree on the right thing - a 5-match test series.

    The only (small) change I'd make in this tour is have the second tour game at the beginning a 4-day game and have a 3-day match after the third test. The ODIs could be reduced to 3 to make up the time.

  • crick_sucks on September 3, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    england must be careful in planning test series. they are playing too much test cricket. If some of their key players like anderson, broad, cook, bell , swann, kp sustain injuries then all the planned test series will come back to haunt them.

  • babu_arun on September 3, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    I would have ODI's before Test Cricket so that Indian Players can acclimatize to the English Condition. India have struggled every time they play the First Test match outside subcontinent. BCCI think in better way ....

  • on September 3, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    great news!not a bad stage for MSD'S swansong series!well..five match series n this day and age is an anachronism and for India to be elevated n england..is about time, as the indians with their global reach rake in the moolah!huge series!Cant wait..

  • jmcilhinney on September 3, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    @2nd_Slip on (September 2, 2013, 15:09 GMT), there may certainly be things that I'm not aware of but I haven't seen anything to suggest that SA are trying to do anything to change that.

  • Nikkel1978 on September 3, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Perpelexing decision really. Dont believe India has the temperament for 5 tests. For eg we do not have a strong back up seam attack to last 5 tests and all the test greats will be gone by then.

  • YoBro on September 3, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    @Rajiv: Are you out of your mind? Two heavy-weight teams? Dream on. There's only one heavy-weight Test side among these two, and it is certainly not India. What a ridiculous statement?!

  • chokkashokka on September 3, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    Now the world champions need to prepare a team that not only wins but ends careers of a few of these heroes-at-home Englishmen in the process. Good to see the front page of cricinfo looking like it should - discussions about the world champions' tourney. All is well in the universe again.

  • MrKricket on September 3, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    Hey why don't England prepare the same pitches they used for the Ashes...? Oh yeah...

    I don't agree with crammed Test programmes. Back to back Tests except maybe for the last two barely give us a chance to breathe. Also one team can get the ascendancy in a Test and carry it straight into the next. There should always be at least one three day game between Tests (excepting maybe the last two as I said). Also any team that goes to a country and doesn't play at least three three to four day games before the First Test is asking for trouble. Look at Australia. They will repeat the same mistakes in 2017 by turning up, playing a pointless two day game and then going into the First Test with no local experience and get shellacked again - if England is still any good by then.

  • on September 2, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    Reduce test plays to no. 3. Increase one day games & t 20s games. Watching test games is boring.

  • RodStark on September 2, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    "Whilst India is an attractive proposition for all the Indians living in the UK, the home fans should be given the major consideration here."

    So British Indians are not "home fans"? Wow!

  • Bang_La on September 2, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Exactly such too many games played between IND and ENG what we discussed here a few days' ago where NZ, ZIM or BAN get to play next to zero tests. Any person having cricket sense would agree that unless enough tests are played, not enough strength is gained in test-power. But, ICC has been doing this since the removal of Jagmohan Dalmiya and giving the above nations fewer opportunities to play against stronger teams. Further, the above nations are not good enough for lack of experience alone, some opportunists stronger cricket nations playing the flute to create two-tier test system thus completely destroying the test-potentials for the weaker countries.

  • anton1234 on September 2, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    I expect England to win 5-0 or if rain gets in the way, 4-0. I can't see India winning a test.

  • here2rock on September 2, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Absolute madness by BCCI to approve such a tour itinerary,no break between the tests.

  • on September 2, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    So England get five tests and South Africa don't even get three on home soil? Perhaps this Ashes leg has shown India that they're in with a decent chance of causing an upset, but they're afraid to come to Newlands and get bowled out for 51. Pity

  • hhillbumper on September 2, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    5-0 to India.greatest team ever and greatest bowlers also.There we go.Got that in first.We just know India are going to destroy us and if not then of course it will be the wickets or umpires. Lets hope they put in more effort then last time when frankly they gave us half way during the first test. Just please no Shastri on the commentary team

  • DalesGuy on September 2, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Does anybody care to tell me what the series is likely to be in South Africa this winter? is it a 2 test or 3 test series. Or BCCI is going to cancel the tour? Why should we start the grumpiness of a 5 - 0 green wash now itself?

  • mzm149 on September 2, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    Another Indian whitewash on the way. How many times they want to lose series to England.

  • Nampally on September 2, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    This Tour has 2 county matches + 5 Tests + 5 ODI + 1 T20 on that order. For the sake of increasing the Indian Team exposure to the weather, environment & the pitches, it is best to have 2 County matches + 5 ODI's + 5 Tests + T 20 in that order. This gives the team to play 5 competitive ODI's which will help them to get used to the English bowling & pitches, before they go on to 5 day Tests. For ODI's the bowling of the 2 teams will be almost the Test bowling while the batting may have a couple of changes. This is the only way for fast adaptation of the visiting team to the local conditions, in view of limited practice matches. This also allows the 5 ODI's to be utilised beneficially. Currently the visiting teams are at a handicap for not playing enough matches before the Test matches in the local conditions.

  • Sir_Ivor on September 2, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    While I appreciate everything that YorkshirePudding has said here, I would only like to point out that despite the cramped schedule that he has talked about, the Australians had a pretty decent warm up grind before the Ashes of 2013. If you want to see my point you just have to turn to the schedule that the Indian team had in 2011 when they went to England. At that time India was No 1 in the ICC rankings. So some preparation time would have been appropriate. The Indians were coming right after sunny West Indies to a wet English summer. The spate of injuries that happened to the Indian players could have been because of the extreme change. A bit of preparation could have made the fight for the No1 a little more well contested then.It surprised me because in the past many years, I always thought that the ECB catered for teams to be well prepared for the First Test by their itinerary for visiting teams. Quite obviously the lure of being the No 1 side was perhaps more important !!

  • on September 2, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Great to see Eng and Ind competing for 5 tests... Glad that prime importance given to Test cricket. But spare of thought for Srilanka. They will play only 2 tests? same will happen to Pak in 2015 as they also play only 2 tests... How can these teams prove themself unless they are given atleast 3 test series continuously???

  • cricketIsGreat on September 2, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Calm down !!! There will be plenty of breaks between the test matches as all of them will end in 3-4 days with innings victory for England.

  • Cricfever_PM on September 2, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Another India vs England serious will be happen in England!!! Great work by BCCI to propose 5 tests!!! It's been long time and the current youngsters have never seen India playing 5 tests matches in a serious. It would be enjoying and what we want is India to prepare well and to face the England! last time India played completely worst cricket and i think India will not make this mistake!!!

  • WonkyBail on September 2, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    I am glad to see the 5 tests have thus far not been sacrificed for some meaningless tri-series or the like, the scheduling means India have little preparation before the action starts; I can almost read the excuses already 'ECB preparing the imaginary green tops,transitional team, SRT has retired, Kapil Dev has retired....... but ultimately I am pleased the tests have been preserved. BCCI must think England away is a lot easier than SA not sure how I feel about that :( (it's probably true), but of course England v India has massive financial clout with all games sure to be sold out well in advance with the advertising revenue additional.

  • sachin_vvsfan on September 2, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    @imprashant I read somewhere (long time ago) that the mighty WI team of 80s beat India 5-0( in India) to avenge the 1983 world cup loss. Not sure if there were any 5 match series for us after that. May be that 1983 WC victory made BCCI realized that ODIs are more viable for them and probably reduced the test games in 90s. I definitely welcome 5 match series and hopefully our boys will also show some intent to play all the games with their heart.

  • Nampally on September 2, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    @Sir_Ivor: Yes, I have played & followed Cricket for a long time. There were greats in the game over the last 40 years but the Indian team hit a new low in 2011 by the margins of defeats. It showed they were not prepared to play either physically or mentally. That is the main reason for my suggesting that old style full season with 5 Test match format may help India being better prepared to play Tests. India has good batsmen in Dhawan, Pujara & Kohli who should do well. But the softer ground, colder climate & environment makes one, more injury prone in England than in India. The pitches also offer more bounce, swing & seam. Acclimatization is a vital factor. Even the Aussies with similar bouncy pitches had tough time in England. @YorkshirePudding: I am not blaming ECB. BCCI is equally responsible in not requesting few county matches before 5 Tests in a row!. The sad part is BCCI has arranged 2 Tests vs. WI, prior to SA Tests. All Play, No Rest makes Cricketers lose their intensity!

  • S.Jagernath on September 2, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    5 test matches between India & England should become tradition.The 3 big nations should always play 5 tests.India really must perform better this time though,otherwise this could would be the last 5 test series for them.Rahul Dravid is not going to be there this,so people need to adapt & score on pitches that are going to be fast & bouncy again.India need to trial the seam attack & decide upon the men that are going to make use of those conditions,Ishant Sharma & Sreesant were actually completely ineffective last time.

  • on September 2, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Why? We have just played 2 test series, 3 ODI series and 3 T20 series against India in the last 24 months. Why are we playing them again? Are we just going to keep playing India and Australia. We need to play Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. The last two are not strong sides for sure but England have hardly ever played either team. I look at the "best scores" stats for sides like SA and India and see they play Zim and Bangladesh far more often than England do. I don't mean we should play 5 test series but 2 tests every other year against one or the other - otherwise how are they going to advance? How are England fulfilling their FTP obligations if they never play 2 of the sides they have to?

  • munna_indian on September 2, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    SA tour shortened without any communication. WI tour squeezed in and so is kiwi tour. BCCI might at work? anyways, happy for the indian team that they get to play more number of meaningful cricket called test cricket instead of the commercialised versions called T20.

  • 200ondebut on September 2, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    The England fans will be happy as they love seeing their side play in the purest form of the game. I hope its not as one sided as last time (or the Ashes).

  • Jaffa79 on September 2, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    I just hope the Indians put up a fight this time. Last time they turned up fat and lazy and played with no heart. England should comfortably win this 5-0 or 4-0 as they only seem interested in the hit and giggle pyjama stuff. I'd rather Pakistan tour as they showed themselves to be very tough opposition in the UAE, unlike India who capitulated at home, even though they prepared heavily doctored pitches.

  • on September 2, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    good work by ECB i REALLY APPRECIATE ECB for its iternary

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 2, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    I am really angered at the ignorance displayed by the BCCI with regards to the tour to SA. Why this double standards ? While not being a test cricket fan, I still would like to see some degree of consistency from the BCCI. SA are a much better test team than England, and it would only be good for this upcoming Indian team to play against a quality side. Instead, we have talks of a 2 test series which is a shame. This series is purely over kill because we played England recently in all forms. Besides, CSA have always been cooperative with the BCCI on numerous issues; something which the ECB have never been. Be it the IPL, to the CLT20, SA have always stood hand in hand with India. Come on BCCI, time to play fair.

  • pull_shot on September 2, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    I dont think india has bowling talent to play 5 test matches

  • on September 2, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    spanner in the works: ''DRS or no DRS''? :-)

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 2, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    I don't see a point in this meaningless series. Didn't we play the England team recently ? This is OVER KILL. On the flip side, we neglect an all important tour against a much BETTER team (SA). This is ridiculous and the BCCI have to be ashamed of themselves. They rather have a good relationship with the ECB who treat the IPL with disdain, don't send in a representative team to participate in the CLT20 and always complain about venues in India. SA on the other hand are the world's best test side with quality players, yet we only 'might' play them in a shortened series. All of these games inside 42 days ? You got to be kidding me. That's a horrible schedule. I feel sorry for the Indian team.

  • zalmaypk on September 2, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    so then India will lose 5-0,its wrong decision by BCCI

  • on September 2, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    I must have been still drinking milk when India last had a 5 test series. This is good. Two giants in a 5 test rubber. But knowing India it could even result in them losing 5-0. The result will either benefit or embarass the Indian test team more than the English. We play far too much of T20 crap and too many ODIs. I dont see Sachin playing in 2014. It will be a new challenge. I hope India dont screw up the schedule like they did with SA tour.

  • Nutcutlet on September 2, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Given the squeezed nature of the Test match season in England next summer, this schedule for the Indian tourists restores a proper cricketing balance. A five Test series is far more liable to engage the national interest than a truncated Test series in favour of a plethora of instantly forgettable t20s. Let's hope that this good practice applies to all series between the Test-playing heavy-weights from here on. This presumes that the Indian side of 2014 will actually turn up, unlike their most recent predecessors in 2011. I genuinely think that they will as the old guard seems to have been replaced by young players, eager to establish international reputations at the highest level. The Indian outcricket was a revelation in the series against Australia. Moreover, I think that they will give England a well-contested series, something that very few Indian sides have achieved in previous tours. Let's hope that both sides give us a series to remember, no matter what the outcome.

  • 504429641 on September 2, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    While its very good to have a 5 test series with England, it is only 3 (or less) tests against SA, which is bad. SA in SA would have been a very good test for young Indian players. Apart from scheduling issues and Haroon Lorgat issue, i don't see any logic in not announcing the SA schedule which will be in 2 months, but announcing ENG schedule which will be in one year. Having atleast 4 tests vs SA makes much more sense.

  • cric_J on September 2, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Re the wickets, it is no rocket science to understand that England will be preparing seam and swing friendly wickets to test the Indian batsmen and they are well within their rights to do that. They have even planned the first 2 matches at Trent Bridge and Lord's, both of which traditionally offer considerable swing and seam movement, with Trent Bridge almost being a swing bowler's paradise.

    I'm really interested to see how Bhuvi goes around on these 2 wkts. He swings the red as well as the white bowl considerably in India and was pretty decent in CT too. If he can find the right length consistently and a nagging line and accuracy, I do see him being our best bowler. Umesh could come in handy at Old Trafford and Oval with some pace and bounce on offer which would be more to our batsman's liking as well. Their technique against the swinging ball will be tested with some full and fast stuff as would their patience and ability to leave the ball. And the short peppering is inevitable !

  • cric_J on September 2, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    All in all a fine job on the itinerary by ECB.

    I do agree with most others that the ODIs should probably have been cut down to 3 along with 2 T20s as that would have allowed some much needed rest in between the tests for the players, fast bowlers in particular. But with the 50 overs WC in 2015 (that's just 5-6 months from this series), the ECB would surely and rightly want to give maximum ODI exposure to the players so as to identify their top 16-odd lads who offer the best opportunity to lift the cup. And India being the most competitive ODI side, offer the best possible opposition to test these players.

    Re the series predictions, one thing that I am sure of is that India won't get whitewashed this time around. Although England will still be the stronger team and should win 3-1 or 2-1, I certainly expect the Indians to show more fight and intent as compared to 2011 when their white kits seemed to symbolise that they had surrendered.

  • Herath-UK on September 2, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    It makes sense as india is the cash cow ,this is more for commercial reasons rather than cricketing aspect. However the ECB is duty bound to improve the package for early touring teams too who are crammed in the dismal early to middle spring with results are a foregone conclusion in England's favour. With IPL too coming into picture a schedule for those tourists to begin with ODIs etc to be considered seriously otherwise there won't be much interest in those series & there is so a chance the star players in those teams choosing to opt out of England tour to play full in the IPL. England early tours is at threat if some remedies not considered now. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • YorkshirePudding on September 2, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    @Sir_Ivor, & @Nampally, The issue is that in the 60's and 70's there were 4 fewer Test teams around, so the calendar was less cramped, hence teams couple play several FC games, there was a time when Aus would arrive at the start of the summer and play half the counties as warm ups then play 6 tests with at least 1 weekend off in between and a rest day on Sundays.

    ISadly with such a crowded international calendar now that is impossible to achieve, take 2011, the BCCI scheduled a test series in May against WI's before coming to the UK.

    It should also be noted that the BCCI has a 3ODI series against Bangladesh arranged in Jun, so they are coming straight over to the UK after that.

    Not everything is the fault of the ECB.

  • SirViv1973 on September 2, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Until a proper home & away test championship format can be found 5 match Icon series would seem to be the way forward. Aus this year & 2015, Ind next year & then hopefully 5 games when the saffers come back in 2016. I'm bracing myself for another club vs country episode at the start of nxt summer as SRL are due here for what I suspect will be 2 test 5 odi & 2 T20s. With The IPL not likley to start until mid Apr due to the WT20, the test series with SRL will probably need to start mid May, that would only leave a window of a few weeks for SRL IPL men. The ECB will not want a SRL side without it's leading players as putting bums on seats that time is hard enough at the best of times. Would also like to say I totally agree with the suggestions to cut the ODIs & increase the T20s. I really think we need to see a reduction in meaningless ODI's & where possible we should be looking to play 3 games series, if you play 3 T"20 too then the revune will be more or less the same.

  • 2nd_Slip on September 2, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    As much as I love test cricket I have to say it is rather appalling that we get to see India Eng and Aus playing each other so frequently whereas the best test side in the world, South Africa ,comprising of the best batsmen, wk and fast bowlers ,gets to play at most 3 tests against these far inferior 3. These matchups used to be exciting when Aus used to be the powerhouse and played the best brand of cricket but now they just become one-sided overhyped average cricket affairs!!!

  • Sir_Ivor on September 2, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    It is nice to read Nampally always because he is quite obviously a long term follower of the game and has very concrete suggestions. I am familiar with the old itineraries for visiting teams is England. After the preliminary social cum cricketing occasions they would get to play Worcestershire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and MCC at least before the first test. Of course in those days India did not have too much clout. So all these games used to be were in May when one had to spending a lot of time watching the rains.Now because of India's changed relevance in international cricket both in playing efficiency as well as financial might, it seems like the ECB wants to have a greater opportunity to please themselves about England's cricketing ability while they make money in the process.For a good ole chuckle !I believe that India is now not the ill prepared team that it was in 2011.The ECB may realise that there is a comeuppance waiting to unfold in the summer 2014 like in 2002.

  • on September 2, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    India will be a strong side by next year . India will definitely give England a run for its money . I don't expect Swann to be of any threat . The pace bowlers from India are underrated . Interesting to see how the new players from England fare against Indian bowlers . Arguably it is going to be Dhoni's toughest assignment .

  • CricketFanIndUS on September 2, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    This is a good schedule for the England tour. Hopefully this time around the Indian team will be have a couple of weeks of rest before the tour begins and will have close to full strength in batting and bowling. The last time (2011) they were only half the team and key players missed the limited practice offered before hand. The openers were injured in addition to that. Also emotionally some of the players were spent. This new tour is going to be a different affair . . . . The aging players would have given way to younger players with more hunger by 2014. . . Our team would be more prepared this time around because of the lessons of 2011. . .

  • wibblewibble on September 2, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    India are a quality team, so I'm glad to see an extra Test and not 3-4 pointless T20I. I don't really care for ODI or T20I apart from world cups.

  • KishoreSharma on September 2, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    It is ridiculous that they are not scheduling tour games between the tests. How do you replace a player who is not performing if the other players in the squad do not have sufficient practice? In addition, players in the squad who are not selected for tests would not get any learning benefit from the tour experience. They would effectively be wasting their time and would have been better placed playing club/county cricket. It would be a very frustrating experience for them!

  • mikkkk on September 2, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Years ago we used to have something in the UK called the Home Internationals which was a annual tourney between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland/NI. It was a big deal for the likes of the Scots because their fans loved it when they beat England. Problem was it didn't work the other way round because the England fans didn't really care as it wasn't considered a great achievement beating Scotland. The same problem exists with India tours of England. It's a big deal for Indians in England and India but not such a big deal to most English. Like someone has mentioned here cut the India games to 3 and bring either the WI or Pak over for another 3. Even better, either cancel the India tests (or give them 2) and bring SA back over for a full 5 match series. India seem to want to avoid SA but we'd prefer them because they are a better and more entertaining side. And to be honest, we all got a bit sick of the Indian whining the last time they were here.

  • jimbond on September 2, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    @CricketMaan: I wouldnt term it that- it is certainly going to be interesting- this series between two flawed teams. The last two series, England were in top form, and India was in transition, not knowing their best 11. Now they seem to have a better idea of their best 11, though it is not clear whether their best would be good enough. Now, England have lost a bit of sheen, not withstanding their series victory against Australia. Swann is no longer the bowler he used to be, Panesar is out of the 11, Trott is a bit lost, and Finn is no longer firing on all cylinders. England have proved that they were better than the Indian team of last year, and that they are slightly better than the Aussie and NZ teams. They have been found wanting against good bowling and reasonable batting teams like SA and Pak. This will be a series to look forward to - between the no. 2 and No 3 teams. Hope it is closely contested.

  • Westmorlandia on September 2, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    It's great to see a 5-test series with India - 5 tests gives a series a lot more room to develop a proper narrative, as we have seen with the Ashes in recent years,

    You have to feel a bit for the players though - that's 25 days of test cricket in 42 days, which is an awful lot of cricket. Ideally they would have done what we're doing with the Aussies - 5 tests, but with enough time to fit them in reasonably. There has to be a limit to how far they will push the players.

  • george204 on September 2, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    It should have been 5 tests in 2011, so glad they've corrected the mistake this time around. Hope that Pujara is fit, interested to see how he plays in English conditions...

  • CricketMaan on September 2, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    How demoralizing it can be for India to get beaten again and again? Unsettled openers, new middle order and the ever rotating bowling options! That is not the way you want to take England in thier current form. Unless miracles happen and Pujara, Kholi and Dhoni does magic how on earth is India going to beat England? If the pitch offers turn Swanny will run away with wickets. Jadeja could be walking wicket and so will Gauti and Vijay on these conditions. Its make or break for Ashwin for he will be in the eyes of media with swann obviously the master in the business. if the team is like Vijay/Gauti, Dhawan, Pujara, Kholi, Rohit, Jadeja/Rahane, Dhoni, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Ishant, Umesh..that doesnt add up to a strong unit to face England in current form.

  • on September 2, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    3 ODIs and a T20 would have sufficed. The few extra days from those 2 ODIs would have served better as extra breaks between the tests. But still its a mouth watering prospect.

  • anton1234 on September 2, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    As far as I see it, England should play three tests against India, three against WI, three two or three against Pakistan, two against Bangladesh, two against Zimbabwe, two against SL, two or three against NZ, FIVE against South Africa, FIVE against Australia. Give Ireland test status and play one against them.

    Whilst India is an attractive proposition for all the Indians living in the UK, the home fans should be given the major consideration here. Like I said before, they should have split the summer into two 3 match series against India and either Pakistan or the WI. Also play a three ODI matches each against them before the test series, not after. And in between the two series have a triangular T20 competition with each team playing the other twice before a final.

    That will have been a much better summer than the one we are going to get in 2014. Thank goodness the Ashes are on this winter. Honestly, I don't find watching tests against India all that exciting.

  • Iddo555 on September 2, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Too many one day games being played both in the current series against Australia and the planned one against India. One day cricket is on its way out, at least in countries like England and Australia where Test cricket and 20/20 are popular. Someone has to be the ugly sister and that is one day cricket, so why are we playing so much of it? I'm not convinced by 5 tests against India, 5 tests is fine in the ashes but against India? They aren't that interested in test cricket, 3 or 4 probably would have been enough.

  • on September 2, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    They could have considered splitting the tour into 2 and making India tour some other time for ODI leg just for this time around so that tests could be spaced up. But its good to see a 5-match series when most series are limited to 2 or 3 tests (with exceptions).

  • landl47 on September 2, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Great to see a proper 5-test series. Let's hope this is the beginning of a trend. I'm sure there will be no difficulty whatever in selling the tickets; India has an exciting young side and England are a very good all-round team.

    However, anyone thinking of buying tickets for the ODIs should look at the make-up of the England and Australian sides for the ODI series about to start. With the World Cup coming up in 2015 it's a stone-cold certainty that players, especially bowlers, will be rested after such an intense test schedule.

    Still, a great tour program and happily only one T20I!

  • Nampally on September 2, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    India should move towards the type of tours in 60's. There were whole bunch of county matches interspersed with 5 Tests spaced over the entire season- over 4 months. That is the only way the Visiting team can acclimatise to the English pitches & playing conditions. Otherwise it will be another tale of white wash as in 2011. Not only that the whole tour was marred by injuries. If such a tour cannot be arranged, BCCI should arrange the team to arrive in England 3 weeks before the actual tour starts on June 23. They should arrive with 20 players, hire a Cricket field and have intensive practice matches between their own team to get fit & acclimatised. After the 4-0 whitewash, this is the least India can do to put up a competitive team for the test matches. Having 20 players in the squad will also provide ready replacements for injuries. BCCI is fairly rich to have these additional reserve players. Putting up a good show is far more important than gutless losses even if it costs more.

  • HawK89 on September 2, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    When will we ever see the ODI build up to the Test matches? The team that loses the ODI series would try what ever it takes to win the more important test matches. If its senior players leaving earlier, then why don't they just show up later? I think the hype and interest fades once a team has won the test series.

  • on September 2, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    One question...anyone know when tickets will be released? Thanks.

  • andrew27994 on September 2, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Many overconfident fans from both sides seem to expect a whitewash. I expect England to have a slight edge in the series though as they have a never-say-die attitude in Tests and the weather always assists them when the chips are down. If India are to win the series, they will need someone to do the job Laxman did for India. Looking forward to witness the rise of a few Indian stars. Perhaps Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli might make an impression in the series.

  • on September 2, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    It 'll be a fantastic to see 5 test matches after a long time!!!!!

  • tjsimonsen on September 2, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    A five tests series is amazingly good news! Thanks to the organisers.

  • on September 2, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Absolutely love it!Having 5 tests and 5 ODI's is an amazing decision!Though I would have preferred 3 ODIs as it might become too tiring for the players.Also thanks ECB for keeping only one T20 instead of 3 which is what boards prefer nowadays to make quick money.Looking forward to this epic 2014 battle!

  • heathrf1974 on September 2, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    I wonder if England will have dry wickets for this series. However, it's good to see India doing some tough tours. It will give more insight into where they're at in the world rankings.

  • QingdaoXI on September 2, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Young Indian Team will draw this series and the next one after 4 years they will crushed the england.

  • mikeindex on September 2, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    A packed schedule but how good to see a proper Test series. Here's hoping South Africa get the same next time they tour England.

    I very much doubt it will be as one-sided as last time - I certainly hope not.

  • ladycricfan on September 2, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Great schedule. All these years Dhoni let the seniors play their own game. With most of them gone and with talented youngsters under his command you can say Dhoni's true captaincy has just started. With young Buv Kumar swinging both ways he will out do ageing Anderson this time around. Conservative captain Cook v Innovative captain cool. 3-2 to india, weather permits. Exciting times.

  • Deuce03 on September 2, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Great to see the commitment to five Tests, although it's a shame they've got the Tests and ODIs the wrong way round again.

  • on September 2, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Not much of a difference in the window of days compared to what the Ashes were played over this summer. But shows you how keen they are to fill them all in, when they start a Test on the nontraditional day of a SUNDAY!!!

    Hope to see Southampton get it's second test (after Sri Lanka in 2011) as it is a stunning venue.

  • YorkshirePudding on September 2, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @irishwolfhound, Dhoni only bowled in one test and I think it was only 10 overs in the entire series, and 8 of those where in the first test where Zaheer broke down and needed to try and stall for time.

    However, India will probably be without SRT, and it will be interesting to see how Pujara and the new middle order cope, Bowling wise Yadav and Praveen could be a big threat on English wickets. Its unlikely the spinners will post much threat in tests, but Ojha and Ashwin could slow the scoring down if they can keep it tight.

    Should be a good series, will be watching to see if the India vs SA series goes a head, as that will give a clue to the squad that will tour England.

  • dineshasee on September 2, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Really a good series, If India won this series then they are the number one team in the world

  • brusselslion on September 2, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Has the idea of a Test championship been shelved? Are Australia, England and India playing their own little Test mini-tournament?

  • jmcilhinney on September 2, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    @anton1234 on (September 2, 2013, 10:27 GMT), I do like that idea of a triangular T20 series in between.

  • whatawicket on September 2, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    get the watering cans out India arrive in town. lets hope we can prepare the type of wickets India don't like, similar to a couple of years ago will do just fine.will ST still be playing, don't bet on it.

  • Venkiviru on September 2, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    When they havent confirmed the SA series schedule what is the hurry for NZ AND ENG series....india should play 4 tests vs SA....that is the real test...as far as NZ series is concerned it is 2-0 india....

  • gavbergin on September 2, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Being neither English nor Indian, I have no partisan interest in this series. But as a lover of Test cricket I can hardly wait for next summer to arrive. A five Test series that isn't one featuring Australia and England! Often I look wistfully through the Wisden records of all those five-Test series of years past. I hope that this coming series (along with the return in India which, I believe, also consists of five Tests) is a great success. If so, perhaps the powers that be will look to arrange more series of five. Imagine the narratives possible in a full series of Australia v South Africa or Pakistan v India Tests. New Zealand playing Sri Lanka in the same format wouldn't be half bad either!

  • vatsap on September 2, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    This is so scary. The wounds of 8-0 have hardly healed and we are going for a 5 test series. Unless there is a dramatic turn around in all departments consistent batting and attacking bowling I see a repeat.

  • craftyrabbi on September 2, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    The conditions will be difficult for India with their scant preparation for conditions here. But England's senior bowlers are rapidly ageing. Anderson and Swann both seemed to fade during the series. Broad bowls hot and cold. Finn leaks runs and seems mentally fragile. Onions and Tremlett are both a pace or two down with their recent injuries. Expect India's batting to grow in strength as the series progresses. Watch out for Kohli he is gaining in maturity and will one day be considered one of the greats. Test prediction 2-1 India. ODI prediction 4-1 India. T20 with Broad captaining a guaranteed victory for India. Kudos to ECB and their counterpart sanctioning 5 tests.

  • on September 2, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    I see this as a ploy by ECB to usurp the throne of #1 test status from South Africa. Who better to face than India over a 5 test series. A 5-0 victory should give them a real run for the #1 ranking.

  • Haleos on September 2, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge and similar others - Maybe this time around with the under performing middle order of last time out of the way, young indians will trash England. Dont be so over confident. India were not given any hope during the champions trophy and they won the trophy. All indian know where some of the negative comments are coming from as their team lies nowhere in the ranking even though they have supposedly best bowling attack. Their team gets bowled out below 200 numerous times. Gets beaten by zimbabwe. Wow.....Go India Go.

  • YorkshirePudding on September 2, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    I'm happy to finally see a 5 test series with India next summer.

    However the planning for the 3rd test is bad, with it running Sun-Thus is inviting disaster from a ticketing perspective.

    Its good to see that with the exception of the first test they have missed cricitical first couple of rounds the where most english fans would be focused, until England go out in the last 16/8. ;)

    The only critisim is that one of the FC warmups isnt against a lions squad.

  • CricIndia208 on September 2, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    Great schedule. There should be more cricket between India, England and Australia. Other teams do not bring in the money, no point in playing them.

  • vinodkumargb on September 2, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    We have fast bowlers who don't bawl FAST! we have spinners who don't SPIN the ball! We have batsmen who doesn't LAST a session!

    Don't know what to expect from our team this time! Hopefully I wont loose interest in cricket itself!!

    PS: Do England also play Kabaddi? ;)

  • wrenx on September 2, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @Sultan2007 out-of-form batting line up as only part of the problem. The team was also horribly out of shape (look at Zaheer, Yuvraj, Ishant), and had prioritised IPL (look at how Sehwag delayed his shoulder surgery so he could play more T20. They also failed to bring a bowling unit - it was all Praveen and nothing else. The fact that Dhoni bowled so many overs is a testament to how hopeless they were. Were it not for Dravid, England would have had a stiffer challenge if they'd released their players back to their counties to scrap it out for a more interesting championship season.

  • anton1234 on September 2, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    5 tests against India is way too many. 2014 should have been three tests, three ODIs and also have West Indies for gree tests and three ODIs. India is not an attractive opposition other than for the significant Indian community in the UK.

    There should have also been a triangular T20 competition with England, WI and India in between the two test series with each playing two matches against the other before a final.

  • on September 2, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    India were so bad last time they were in England that many of their own fans switched to supporting England, or went off Test cricket entirely. Their bowlers were completely impotent, their batting bar Dravid was hopelessly incompetent.

    Their recent form suggests something a little better, and they have certainly improved in the spin department since that 4-0. The two teams are now once again very close in terms of ranking points, so I'll predict a 2-1 or 3-1 to England.

  • wrenx on September 2, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Good to see a 5 test series, hopefully the Indians will take it a little more seriously this time. 2011 was a massive disappointment for cricket fans when the supposedly top-ranked side couldn't be bothered to show up. Could we not have seen the ODIs trimmed down to 3 though? It would have helped the test series have more room to breathe - breaks are important to make sure we have high quality cricket

  • on September 2, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    By the time they arrive at Trent Bridge for the first Test in July 2014, India will have already met England in eight Tests, 16 ODIs (including the Champions Tropny final) and five Twenty20 internationals (including a World Twenty20 group match) within the last three years, this is what happened before 2011 world cup but with SL so i am guessing 2015 world-cup final will be ENGvsIND

  • mikkkk on September 2, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Why are India running away from a full series against SA? Is it because they don't want all those defeats to effect their ICC ranking? Cowardice?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on September 2, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Being a test-lover, couldn't agree more with Rajiv Radhakrishnan (post on September 2, 2013, 9:30 GMT). T20 fanatics will no doubt be unimpressed, but as others have said the heavy weight teams should always be all about the tests. ODI's and a few T20's should only be thrown in for some entertainment and help with cash-flow. Very well done ECB, and hopefully the weather will be great...

  • on September 2, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Looking forward to another series whitewash!

  • CricketMaan on September 2, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Oh dear a 5-0? That is some pounding one will have to sustain. Poor Dhoni!

  • on September 2, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    I think India will struggle what with 5 Test initerary and in English conditions. India will need a lot of preparation and hard work if they wish to avenge the last away series to England. 3-0 to England, once again.

  • Srini_Indian on September 2, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @mikkkk: Be careful what you wish for. If it is a 5 match series against SA, SA will win 4-0, no doubt. Don't be so confident, India will play a lot better this time. Remember we won the series in 2007.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on September 2, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Five tests! Awesome! Can't wait to see Anderson and co, fresh from their back-to-back Ashes victories, wipe India off their feet just like what happened in England last AND India last time too. MS Dhoni's "Anderson was the difference between the sides" phrase will be coined yet again!

  • jmcilhinney on September 2, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @Manoj Kumar on (September 2, 2013, 9:33 GMT), are you just going to say that every time until India win a series? I'd have thought that the time for revenge was when England last toured India, but that didn't go to plan. Now is the time to not embarrass themselves again. That said, I would expect India to make a much better showing than their last trip to England, where everyone but Dravid was either injured or out of form.

  • jmcilhinney on September 2, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Very good news that the Test series will be 5 matches. Here's hoping they can all be completed with minimum interruption. I'm guessing that they'll be played on pitches of slightly different character to those we saw Australia play on recently. I can't help thinking that 3 and 3 would have been better for the ODIs and T20Is. It must be very frustrating for T20 specialists like Hales and Lumb as well as Broad as captain that they actually get to play as a unit so infrequently.

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    About time, India played 5 test matches against England. Would be one hell of a contest especially if you assume both teams will continue in this form.

  • concerned_cricketer on September 2, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    How does one buy the tickets for these matches? Hope it didn't get sold out before the news story hit Cricinfo.

  • dcglynn on September 2, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    The only thing I'll predict is that the pitches won't be as they were for the Ashes (i.e. slow and spinning)

  • willsrustynuts on September 2, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Let's hope that India come to play cricket this time and not simply turn up to make up the numbers. Last time around they were so miserable from start to finish and complained endlessly about everything that it is no surprise they won nothing.

    Come with a smile this time boys and you will give yourselves a chance of making a few friends this time.

  • Sultan2007 on September 2, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    The last time India toured England they were caught out becasue they had a batting line up that was woefully out of form and as it turned out, several players are no longer in the team. Worse, added pressure on the batsmen was applied by the huge English runs enabled by woefully inadequate Indian bowling, the star performer of which was incredibly, Praveen Kumar! The 2014 tour may well be different. Not because India may (or not) win but the contest should be far more interesting. It is imperative however, that India has a good tour of South Africa. This will give the relatively inexperienced Indian batsmen the confidence of playing quick bowling on bouncier tracks. And finally, on a cynical note, a 5 Test series is testimony to the fact that the hypocritical ECB is not immune to the commercial pull generated by Indian cricket

  • mikkkk on September 2, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    India should be given just 2 Test and instead bring the South Africans back over for a proper Test series against the real two heavy weight teams of the world. We were cheated last year with crappy 3 match series. Why waste 5 Tests on india. They coudnt even be bothered to get fit the last time they were here. What a waste of another summer.

  • ste13 on September 2, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    I also think there should be 3 ODIs and 3 20/20's. Test series this time will be very competitive.

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    More Indian players should play in the county cricket to adapt to weather and pitch conditions in England . Days gone by Indian players like Hazare and Phadkar played in Lancashire league to get used to the conditions. I wish best of luck to India.I think this time India will show how to play test cricket in England . They are a great team. I hope and pray they concentrate and apply themselves to the English conditions.

  • adeflatjack on September 2, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    50 over match against Middlesex at The Oval? Shouldn't that be Lord's?

  • imprashant on September 2, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    this will test young Indian team. A full tour after a long time. In fact, if I remember correctly, this is a first 5 test full tour India is having with any country after a very long time. Great news for Indian fans

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 2, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    5 Odi's 1 T20 is not good balance I guess ECB is going for maximum profits knowing it's India.

  • Lmaotsetung on September 2, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Well at least there is one cricket board India can't bully around...LOL

  • WhoCaresAboutIPL on September 2, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    @SpinH That is because there wasn't one! in 1955 SA were the only tourists. India test series in England in the 1950s were (E won, drawn, lost) 3-0-1 (rain) in 1952 and 5-0-0 in 1959..

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Its Time for Revenge , Team India go for Gold n Glory.

  • CricketingStargazer on September 2, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Bizarre that India have only requested 7 days of cricket outside the international matches. Surely that is not enough?

    A gentle start against Leicestershire who are going to be county wooden-spoonists. Derbyshire may offer a bigger challenge, but it still seems like very little cricket to prepare a 5-Test series.

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    after a long time India is playing 5 match test series. this will testify the talent of young india

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Good to see an Asian team playing 5 tests..

  • Captainman on September 2, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Despite the 4-0 thrashing. Will add another test so a 5-0 thrashing? just admit England are only interested in playing India and Australia. After 2014, the following year another Ashes series will happen. No wonder the world hates Cricket haha

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Last year it was 4-0 defeat for India ... Now India will face 5-0 defeat .... More pressure for Dhoni before 2015 worldcup ... I see him losing capataincy before 2015.

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    It is heartening to note that India will play 5 tests during their upcoming tour to England. Any day , it is better than playing numerous meaningless T20 and 50 Over games.The real capability of a team surfaces only during a long series .

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Good to hear. Waiting for this series. Hope india will play well. Lets see new players Rayudu, Rahane, Sharma will get chance there. All the best.

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    It seems that BCCI has a never learn attitude. If we look at the success of England in India in 2011 was more due to the amount of practice matches they played. I think three before the First Test.India's last series in England had only one Tour game against Somerset. So if there is a way of three four day game before first test could have been ideal. But BCCI is interested in Commercial aspects than anything at the moment. As an Indian fan, it is disheartening to see that the team had gone nowhere after a string of success abroad in the last decade.

  • vaidy on September 2, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Such a sensible itinerary and such long time coming! It will be great to see these two teams lock horns. It will be interesting - Jimmy Anderson will be on the wane, Board, Finn and Tremlet (if he is fit) will lead the attack. Will KP still be around, knee permitting? Will Bell be around? You never know with these British players (Strauss anyone?) - they just go and hand up their boots one fine day out of the blue!

    From India's perspective, Tendulkar will not (should not!) be there. The bowling will be tested in seaming conditions, so will the batsmen! It will make or break a few careers - Dhoni might retire just before or after this series.

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    T20's are such an easy addition, whilst I am happy that there are plenty of tests, one t20 whilst having five ODI's seems a bit unbalanced. the 20/20's always seem to give most entertainment, could they not split it 3 ODI's 3 T20's?

  • Captainman on September 2, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    But they played eachother not that long ago. In fact it was in 2011 where India got thrashed 4-0. What about teams like Pakistan be touring England? surprised its 5 test now especially since what happened last time. Cricket needs globalization since same fixtures happens frequently. After this India schedule is over again next year the Ashes in 2015 will happen again :)

  • LCromar on September 2, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    I couldn't find the details on Statsguru of the five-Test tour of England in the year 55. Who won?

  • on September 2, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    wow !! what a GREAT schedule !!!

  • on September 2, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    wow !! what a GREAT schedule !!!

  • LCromar on September 2, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    I couldn't find the details on Statsguru of the five-Test tour of England in the year 55. Who won?

  • Captainman on September 2, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    But they played eachother not that long ago. In fact it was in 2011 where India got thrashed 4-0. What about teams like Pakistan be touring England? surprised its 5 test now especially since what happened last time. Cricket needs globalization since same fixtures happens frequently. After this India schedule is over again next year the Ashes in 2015 will happen again :)

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    T20's are such an easy addition, whilst I am happy that there are plenty of tests, one t20 whilst having five ODI's seems a bit unbalanced. the 20/20's always seem to give most entertainment, could they not split it 3 ODI's 3 T20's?

  • vaidy on September 2, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Such a sensible itinerary and such long time coming! It will be great to see these two teams lock horns. It will be interesting - Jimmy Anderson will be on the wane, Board, Finn and Tremlet (if he is fit) will lead the attack. Will KP still be around, knee permitting? Will Bell be around? You never know with these British players (Strauss anyone?) - they just go and hand up their boots one fine day out of the blue!

    From India's perspective, Tendulkar will not (should not!) be there. The bowling will be tested in seaming conditions, so will the batsmen! It will make or break a few careers - Dhoni might retire just before or after this series.

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    It seems that BCCI has a never learn attitude. If we look at the success of England in India in 2011 was more due to the amount of practice matches they played. I think three before the First Test.India's last series in England had only one Tour game against Somerset. So if there is a way of three four day game before first test could have been ideal. But BCCI is interested in Commercial aspects than anything at the moment. As an Indian fan, it is disheartening to see that the team had gone nowhere after a string of success abroad in the last decade.

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Good to hear. Waiting for this series. Hope india will play well. Lets see new players Rayudu, Rahane, Sharma will get chance there. All the best.

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    It is heartening to note that India will play 5 tests during their upcoming tour to England. Any day , it is better than playing numerous meaningless T20 and 50 Over games.The real capability of a team surfaces only during a long series .

  • on September 2, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Last year it was 4-0 defeat for India ... Now India will face 5-0 defeat .... More pressure for Dhoni before 2015 worldcup ... I see him losing capataincy before 2015.

  • Captainman on September 2, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Despite the 4-0 thrashing. Will add another test so a 5-0 thrashing? just admit England are only interested in playing India and Australia. After 2014, the following year another Ashes series will happen. No wonder the world hates Cricket haha