England news August 26, 2010

ECB confirm Sri Lanka and India fixtures

Cricinfo staff

England will play seven Tests, 10 ODIs and two Twenty20 internationals next summer against Sri Lanka and India, which will include the first Test staged at the Rose Bowl. Fans in the north of England, however, will have to make do with a solitary Test at Trent Bridge, with Headingley, Old Trafford and Chester-le-Street all limited to one-day fixtures.

Hampshire's home ground will host the third Test against Sri Lanka in June following matches at Cardiff and Lord's. There will then be a one-off Twenty20 at Bristol before five ODIs complete Sri Lanka's tour.

It is a similar pattern for India's visit but they will take part in a four-Test series with matches at Lord's, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and The Oval followed by the one-day leg.

The summer will be slightly less hectic than this year with three fewer ODIs than in 2010. The players will also have a lengthy break following the conclusion of the World Cup with the first Test of the season starting on May 26 at Lord's. The international programme will finish on September 16 with the final ODI against India at Cardiff.

"With India currently the number one ranked Test side in the ICC test rankings and Sri Lanka in third place, England supporters can expect to see two exciting Test series against high quality opposition," David Collier, the ECB chief executive, said. "Both teams will also provide a tough challenge for England in the shorter forms of the game in what promises to be a highly competitive and entertaining summer of international cricket all round."

England v Sri Lanka

May 26-30 - 1st Test, Cardiff
June 3-7 - 2nd Test, Lord's
June 16-20 - 3rd Test, The Rose Bowl

June 25 - Twenty20 international, Bristol
June 28 - 1st ODI, The Oval
July 1 - 2nd ODI, Headingley
July 3 - 3rd ODI, Lord's
July 6 - 4th ODI, Trent Bridge
July 9 - 5th ODI, Old Trafford

England v India

July 21-25 - 1st Test, Lord's
July 29-August 2 - 2nd Test, Trent Bridge
August 10-14 - 3rd Test, Edgbaston
August 18-22 - 4th Test, The Oval

August 31 - Twenty20 International, Old Trafford
September 3 - 1st ODI, Chester-le-Street
September 6 - 2nd ODI, Rose Bowl
September 9 - 3rd ODI, The Oval
September 11 - 4th ODI, Lord's September 16 - 5th ODI, Cardiff

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