In the big story today, BCCI announced that team India will tour England next year to play three T20 internationals, three ODIs and five test matches in what will be one of the most awaited cricketing match ups next year.
The T20 matches will take place, followed by the ODIs and then the test series. This promises to be a closely fought contest between two of the premier teams in world cricket at the moment.
England have finally established themselves as side to reckon with in all three formats. Under the captaincy of Joe Root, England have formed a formidable test outfit that will be very tough to beat in home conditions.
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For India, the tour to England will present a fantastic opportunity to see where they stand right now. After beating all comers at home, India will be looking to make a big statement in foreign conditions.
Virat Kohli in particular will be waiting for the tour of England with particular interest. After a horror show last time around with the bat, Kohli will want to succeed in England and show everyone that 2014 was a one-off.
“A five-Test series against India is at the heart of next summer’s international programme,” said ECB chief executive officer Tom Harrison in a press release.
“This is always a much-anticipated contest which attracts a huge following across the globe for the five-day game.”
“Test match cricket has a strong, consistent and passionate following across England and Wales and the seven summer Tests, starting with the Pakistan matches, are sure to attract good crowds.”
“Alongside these, England’s white-ball contests against India, Australia and Scotland will give a fascinating guide to form ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup, to be staged here in 2019.”