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England cricket schedule: Upcoming fixtures and opponents for 2020

International cricket resumed this week with England vs West Indies in a three-match Test series. With regularly skipper Joe Root on paternity leave, Ben Stokes captains his country for the first time.

Earlier this month, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) updates to England’s schedule, with behind-closed-doors matches against Ireland and Pakistan this summer.

The Ireland squad will arrive in the UK on 18 July, travelling to the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The team will be based there before the first ODI at the same venue on July 30.

England and Ireland will play two more ODIs on August 1 and August 4.

Pakistan arrived into the UK on June 28 and have started their preparations ahead of a packed schedule, which consists of three Test matches and three T20 contests.

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The team are undergoing a 14-day isolation period at Blackfinch New Road, Worcester, before transferring to Derbyshire’s The Incora County Ground on July 13 ahead of the first Test.

Old Trafford will host the first Test of the series starting on August 5, with the final two Tests being played at the Ageas Bowl from August 13 and August 21.

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The T20 matches will take place at Old Trafford on August 28 and August 30 before the final match of the tour on September 1.

ECB Chief Executive, Tom Harrison, said: “Confirmation of these matches against Ireland and Pakistan is another important step for our game as we begin to safely stage international cricket again, but also to minimise the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had, and will continue to have, on cricket at all levels.

“It has taken significant effort and expertise to allow us to reach a position where cricket is now ready and able to return to the field of play from the elite level to recreational cricket.

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“We owe a significant debt of gratitude to the players, staff and administrators of the Cricket West Indies, Cricket Ireland, and the Pakistan Cricket Board for their willingness and co-operation to get international cricket back up and running and allow these matches to be staged.

“Sports fans across the world will benefit as international cricket returns to our screens while it will also provide much-needed financial aid at all levels of cricket in England and Wales as we aim to withstand the challenges in front of us.

“It must be reiterated that there is still much work for the ECB and the cricket network to do as we try to plot a path through this pandemic.

“Chief amongst our priorities is to build on our commitment to support and grow women’s cricket and at the elite level discussions continue to progress to determine the best and safest way to host a tri-series against India and South Africa.

“We also continue to explore options for our England Men to play white-ball series against Australia this summer and hope to have news on those series soon.”

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