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    India to play five Tests in England in 2014


    In this day and age of T20 and Tamasha Cricket, There is good news for cricket purists. We all will be fortunate enough to Watch India v England 5 Test Matches in England in 2014.

    India will play a series of five Tests for the first time since 2002, after the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Monday the itinerary for India’s tour of England in 2014. The tour will rune from June 23 to September 8, 2014 and also include five ODIs a solitary Twenty20 international next summer of 2014. This marks the first time since the tour of 1959 that an Indian team will play five Tests in England.

    India v England 2012 2014 Series

    India v England 2014 Test Series will have 5 Tests

    India will begin their lengthy tour with two three-day matches against counties Leicestershire (June 26-28) and Derbyshire (July 1-3) before the Test series starts at Trent Bridge on July 9. The four remaining Tests will be at Lord’s, the Ageas Bowl (subject to a final inspection of the facility), Old Trafford and The Oval. India last contested a five-Test eerie series 2002, when they went to the West Indies.

    The Tests will be followed by five ODIs at Bristol, Cardiff, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston and Headingley and the T20I at Edgbaston on September 7. A 50-over warm-up against Middlesex has been penciled in at Lord’s on August 22, three days before the first ODI, said the ECB.

    “This will be the first time England has hosted India in a five-Test series in more than 50 years and the length of the series reflects the iconic status which contests between these two great cricketing nations now enjoy,” said ECB Chief Executive David Collier. “We anticipate significant demand for tickets both for the Investec Test series, and for the One-Day International series which will be the first encounter between these two countries in the 50-over format since India’s triumph in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy competition at Edgbaston earlier this year. We thank the BCCI for their support and also our international venues who between them helped bring a record number of spectators – more than 850,000 – to international cricket over the course of the season when India last toured here in 2011.”

    England face one of their most condensed home Test series after next year’s schedule for India’s visit was confirmed with five Tests to be held over just 42 days. It will be the first time since 1959 that India will have played five Tests on an England tour while the trip, which runs from June 23 to September 8, also includes five ODIs and one T20.

    The Test matches have been crammed into a period from July 9 to August 19 with no other tour matches scheduled between any of them. In comparison, this year’s Ashes series was spread over 47 days with reasonable breaks between the second and third then fourth and fifth Tests.

    India will begin their tour with two three-day matches against Leicestershire and Derbyshire. The first Test will be played at Trent Bridge from July 9, while Lord’s will host the second Test, which begins on July 17. While the ECB has listed the Ageas Bowl (Southampton) as a venue for the third Test it still needs to pass a final facility inspection before being rubber-stamped.

    The third Test is also slated to begin on Sunday, July 27, a break from conventional scheduling in England, where Tests are usually slotted to include a full weekend. The last two Tests will be played at Old Trafford and The Oval, from August 7 and August 15, respectively.

    The five ODIs, scheduled between August 25 and September 5, will be held in Bristol, Cardiff, Trent Bridge, Headingley and Edgbaston. India are also scheduled to play a 50-over game against Middlesex between the Test and ODI series. The only T20 match on the tour will be played at Edgbaston on September 7.

    ECB chief executive David Collier said demand for the tickets is expected to be high: “We anticipate significant demand for tickets both for the Investec Test series, and for the One-Day International series which will be the first encounter between these two countries in the 50-Over format since India’s triumph in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy competition at Edgbaston earlier this year.”

    India previously toured England in 2011 when they were whitewashed 4-0 in the Tests, during which England went to No. 1 in the world, and they also lost the one-dayers 3-0.

    India in England 2014 itinerary:

    June 23 – Arrive in UK

    June 26-28 – Three-day game v Leicestershire, Grace Road

    July 1-3 – Three-day game v Derby

    July 9-13 – First Test, Trent Bridge

    July 17-21 – Second Test, Lord’s

    July 27-31 – Third Test, Ageas Bowl*

    August 7-11 – Fourth Test, Old Trafford

    August 15-19 – Fifth Test, The Oval

    August 22 – Fifty-over game v Middlesex, Lord’s

    August 25 – First ODI, Bristol

    August 27 – Second ODI, Cardiff

    August 30 – Third ODI, Trent Bridge

    September 2 – Fourth ODI, Edgbaston

    September 5 – Fifth ODI, Headingley

    September 7 – Only T20I, Edgbaston

    September 8 – Depart from UK

    *Venue subject to confirmation following final facility inspection

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