England tour of India 2012 May 22, 2012

England tour of India includes three warm-up games

ESPNcricinfo staff

England will play three practice matches before the first Test when they arrive in India in October for the winter tour. The itinerary, announced on Tuesday, confirmed the first leg of the tour, including four Tests, will finish on December 22 with the second Twenty20 before England return for the one-day series in early January.

England's build-up to the Test series is long by touring standards nowadays and replicates the lead-in they had for the 2010-11 Ashes in Australia. They are trying to avoid a repeat of the series against Pakistan in the UAE where Andy Flower admitted they were under-prepared with just two three-day games after a lengthy break. It is also in contrast to the brief preparation India had in England last year where they played a single match against Somerset having come straight from a tour of West Indies.

The Test series will start in Ahmedabad on November 15 before moving to Mumbai, Kolkata and Nagpur making it England's longest in India since 1984-85. Three new venues - Rajkot (new stadium), Dharamsala and Ranchi, MS Dhoni's hometown - have been awarded ODIs with that series starting in Rajkot on January 11.

The fixtures in Mohali and Dharamsala are both day-night games and could pose problems for the teams with freezing temperatures - Dharamsala is at a height of 5000 feet - and dew. The two T20Is will be played in Pune and Mumbai before Christmas; there is no warm-up match scheduled for that format.

"This will be England's first full tour of India since 2008 and I am sure that cricket fans in both countries will be eagerly anticipating an exciting series of contests in all three formats of the game," ECB managing director Hugh Morris said.

England tour to India 2012
30 October-1 November 3-day tour match Mumbai, CCI

3-5 November 3-day tour match Mumbai, BKC

8-11 November 4-day tour match Ahmedabad, SPS Navrangpura

15-19 November 1st Test Match Ahmedabad, Motera

23-27 November 2nd Test Match Mumbai, Wankhede Stadium

5-9 December 3rd Test Match Kolkata

13-17 December 4th Test Match Nagpur

20 December 1st T20 (f) Pune

22 December 2nd T20 (f) Mumbai, Wankhede Stadium

6 January 50-over tour match (D/N) Venue tbc

8 January 50 over tour match Venue tbc

11 January 1st ODI (D/N) Rajkot

15 January 2nd ODI (D/N) Kochi

19 January 3rd ODI (D/N) Ranchi

23 January 4th ODI (D/N) Dharamsala

 27 January 5th ODI (D/N) Mohali

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  • Andrew on May 23, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    So now a comment on the result. I think India will win, but by not as much as some Indian fans think (or for that matter what I thought 6 mths ago). England despite getting hammered by Pakistan, were still a chance of winning that series. They improved against SL, although SL have a weaker bowling line up than India (IMO). If England continue to trend upwards in performance - I think they'll win a test. I think it will be 2-1 India, with a half a chance of a drawn series. I EXPECT pitch conditions should not affect Anderson much, (didn't affect Steyn), I EXPECT Broad to intimidate the Indians - (no Dravid). India's bowling line up is better than what people give it credit for, looking forward to see how Yadav tracks, & expect Zaheer to do well. Sachin SHOULD do well, I expect Gambhir & Kholi (& Dhoni maybe) to be dominant. I expect India to be on top for most of the series, but I see England as having the ability to strike hard & take one match at least.

  • Subash on May 23, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Well 4 matches is way better than the 2-match series. I am not that confidenct as some of my fellow Indians are of India thrashing Eng. We have batsmen who can score runs at home but my problem is how are we going to take 20 wickets needed to win a test match. Can someone please name a bowler in India who can dominate like Ajmal did because I cannot. We do not have "KUMBLE". Bell, KP, and Trott will score tons of runs and dont forget Cook and Strauss who I expect to score as well. Eng have a good batting line up to handle Indian bowlers and Indian conditions. I expect Broad to make full use of reverse swing and IMO Jimmy will be taken to cleaners. Once again too much hype on this series and I am pretty sure it won't live up to that. It all depends on SA. if they can flatten England at home then it will be a completely different ball game. @Yorkshirematt if you are expecting a green top wicket then keep dreaming as you will be served "DUST BOWLS" .

  • Tanmay on May 23, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    so the home track bullies playing against home track bullies...would be a good contest....but England are poor in sub-continent & India will trash them !!!

  • Saurabh on May 23, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Poms needs get hold of couple of more S.Africans or else another torrid Subcontinent tour would be on cards.

  • Matthew on May 23, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @bluebillion, rahulcricket and Maddy20. Thank you for your answers I apologise if my "dust bowls" comment caused offence. I didn't intend it to but my knowledge of indian pitches is pretty limited (I guess that goes for most englishmen including our cricketers haha). From what you all say england will have to come up with some innovative plans to take 20 wickets over there but they did manage it in UAE and SL so who knows. The batting is still my main concern

  • Aabhas on May 23, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @yorkshirematt - none of the pitches will have seam movement. All of them will swing for the first hour in the morning. How quickly they turn into "dust bowls" depends on what instructions are given to the groundsman. The thing with "dust bowls" is that the quicks come into the picture due to the variable bounce. The other thing in England's favour is that there will be reverse swing. Whether Anderson & Co. manage to get it with an SG ball is another question.

    @landl47 - since when does a team need "world class" spinners to skittle out England in the subcontinent?

  • Rakesh on May 23, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Lets see how POMS cope up this time.

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    For the first time ever we will have "Snow stopped play" in an international match #Dharamsala

  • V.L on May 23, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    @yorkshirematt You cannot expect a decent answer when you call our pitches dust bowls. Anyways barring Nagpur, the other three pitches will be graveyards for seamers. Particularly Mumbai. They won't have a lot of turn in them but since the home side is used to playing with the SG ball they will get a decent amount of turn by pitching in the right areas. THe last two days, will offer generous turn for spinners, even the Nagpur wicket and it is the trademark of Indian wickets. I would not call them dustbowls but knowing how inept England are at playing spin, I would not be surprised if Amit Mishra and Ashwin run through the English batting lineup.

  • Sumeet on May 23, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @rahulcricket007.....all your points are good, and i love the way you single-handedly buff the pommies :) But why can't you write your comments in lower case?? It would make it so much easier to read buddy. Just an advice though.....

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