England news October 5, 2012

England arrange Essex Ashes warm-up

ESPNcricinfo staff

England will play a four-day warm-up match against Essex as part of their preparations for the 2013 Ashes. The arrangement mirrors the three-day fixture played by an England XI against Warwickshire ahead of the Australia series in 2009.

The match at Essex's county ground in Chelmsford will take place from June 30 until July 3, with the first Test against Australia at Trent Bridge due to start a week later, on July 10.

Hugh Morris, managing director of England cricket, said: "Our three-day match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 2009 provided excellent preparation for the Test squad ahead of the Ashes Test series and we are very grateful to Essex for providing us with a similar warm-up fixture next summer during a period when there is a break in the County Championship schedule."

The ECB has also announced dates and venues for the finals of next summer's domestic cup competitions. The Friends Life t20 will culminate in Edgbaston hosting finals day on August 17, while the Clydesdale Bank 40 final will take place at Lord's on September 21.

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  • Mark on October 5, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    I'd have had either Warwickshire or Somerset as the warm up opponents, to give the team a better (no offence to Essex there) warm up. Also, Edgebaston AGAIN for the T20 Finals day? that will make it, the 5th time (out of 11) that Edgebaston has hosted T20 Finals Day, how is that fair. I mean yes, Edgebaston is a great ground but surely some of the other grounds deserve to have it more, eg Headingly, Taunton, Chelmsford, Old Trafford, Hove, Chester-Le-Street. seriously ECB, move the day around, share it with the rest of the country and not just Edgebaston and Warwickshire.

  • Nathan on October 5, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Could have picked one of the stronger sides =/

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