England to begin summer against top-ranked New Zealand
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that England Men will start their home international summer with a LV= Insurance Test Series against New Zealand.
Joe Root’s team will play two LV= Insurance Test Matches against New Zealand, who are currently top of the ICC Men’s Test Rankings, at Lord’s (2-6 June) and Edgbaston (10-14 June).
England Men will also play a three-match Vitality IT20 Series against Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens (23 June and 24 June) and The Ageas Bowl (26 June). These matches will precede the already-announced three-match Royal London Series against Sri Lanka.
Planning for the England Visually Impaired team’s Ashes series against Australia remains subject to COVID-19 assessments.
Ticket ballots have now opened for today’s announced fixtures at The Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston and Sophia Gardens before general sale tickets are set to be available across all venues from 22 February. Refund policies are in place should crowds be restricted because of Covid-19.
ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “The prospect of our England Men’s team taking on the world’s two top-ranked Test nations in New Zealand and India this summer is something for us all to savour."
2021 England Men’s home schedule
England Men's LV= Insurance Test Series against New Zealand
Tour match: Somerset v New Zealand, The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton - 25-28 May
1st LV= Insurance Test, Lord’s – 2-6 June
2nd LV Insurance Test, Edgbaston – 10-14 June
England Men’s Series against Sri Lanka
Kent v SL 50-over warm-up The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury - 18 June
Sussex v SL T20 warm-up 1st Central County Ground, Hove - 20 June
Vitality IT20 Series
1st Vitality IT20, Sophia Gardens – Wednesday 23 June
2nd Vitality IT20, Sophia Gardens – Thursday 24 June
3rd Vitality IT20, The Ageas Bowl – Saturday 26 June
Royal London Series v Sri Lanka
1st Royal London ODI, Emirates Riverside, Tuesday 29 June
2nd Royal London ODI, Kia Oval, Thursday 1 July
3rd Royal London ODI, Bristol County Ground, Sunday 4 July
England Men’s Series against Pakistan
Royal London Series
1st Royal London ODI, Sophia Gardens, Thursday 8 July
2nd Royal London ODI, Lord’s Saturday 10 July
3rd Royal London ODI, Edgbaston, Tuesday 13 July
Vitality IT20 Series
1st Vitality IT20, Trent Bridge, Friday 16 July
2nd Vitality IT20, Emerald Headingley, Sunday 18 July
3rd Vitality IT20, Emirates Old Trafford, Tuesday 20 July
England Men’s LV= Insurance Test Series against India
1st LV= Insurance Test, Trent Bridge, 4-8 August
2nd LV= Insurance Test, Lord’s, 12-16 August
3rd LV= Insurance Test, Emerald Headingley, 25-29 August
4th LV= Insurance Test, Kia Oval, 2-6 September
5th LV= Insurance Test, Emirates Old Trafford, 10-14 September
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