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Wednesday 21st August 2019

England to host West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and Ireland in 2020

England will host West Indies, Australia, Pakistan and Ireland in men's international matches next year.

West Indies and Pakistan both visit for three Tests as part of the World Test Championship, while Pakistan will also play three Twenty20 internationals.

After this summer's Ashes series, Australia return in 2020 to play three one-day internationals and three T20s.

World Cup winners England will then host Ireland in three ODIs in September.

The first international match of the summer sees England host West Indies in the first Test at The Oval, starting on 4 June.

The second Test will be at Edgbaston before the final Test at Lord's, with Joe Root's side looking to regain the Wisden Trophy after a 2-1 defeat in the West Indies earlier this year.

Lord's, Old Trafford and Trent Bridge will host the three Test matches against Pakistan in July and August, with the past two series between the sides in England having been drawn.

With Twenty20 cricket set to be a key focus next year in the build up to the Men's T20 World Cup in October, England face Australia - who are hosting the tournament -at Chester-le-Street, Old Trafford and Headingley in July, before another three T20s against Pakistan in August and September.

England will play their first home ODI since their thrilling World Cup final win over New Zealand against Australia at Lord's on 11 July, before further matches at Southampton and Bristol.

England men's international schedule 2020

4-8 1st Test v West Indies, The Oval (11:00)
12-16 2nd Test v West Indies, Edgbaston (11:00)
25-29 3rd Test v West Indies, Lord's (11:00)

3 1st T20 v Australia, Chester-le-Street (18:30)
5 2nd T20 v Australia, Old Trafford (17:00)
7 3rd T20 v Australia, Headingley (18:30)
11 1st ODI v Australia, Lord's (13:00)
14 2nd ODI v Australia, Southampton (13:00)
16 3rd ODI v Australia, Bristol (13:00)
30-3 Aug 1st Test v Pakistan, Lord's (11:00)

7-11 2nd Test v Pakistan, Old Trafford (11:00)
20-24 3rd Test v Pakistan, Trent Bridge (11:00)
29 1st T20 v Pakistan, Headingley, (17:00)
31 2nd T20 v Pakistan, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (14:30)

2 3rd T20, v Pakistan, Ageas Bowl, Southampton (18:30)
10 1st ODI v Ireland, Trent Bridge (12:30)
12 2nd ODI v Ireland, Edgbaston (12:30)
15 3rd ODI v Ireland, The Oval (12:30)


Ashes 2019: Steve Smith ruled out of third Ashes Test

Australia batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the third Ashes Test after suffering a concussion.

Smith, 30, was hit in the neck by a 92mph bouncer from Jofra Archer on day four of the second Test, but passed an initial concussion test and returned to continue his innings.

Coach Justin Langer confirmed his absence after Smith sat out Australia's training session on Tuesday.

Smith has scored 142, 144 and 92 in his three innings so far in the series.

It has not been confirmed who will replace Smith in the Australia team for the third Test at Headingley, which starts on Thursday.

Former captain Smith was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne in the second Test at Lord's, with Labuschagne becoming Test cricket's first concussion substitute.

He made 59 as Australia survived a tense final evening to claim a draw and preserve their 1-0 series lead with three matches to play.


Ashes 2019: England named unchanged squad for third Australia Test

England have named an unchanged squad for the third Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley on Thursday.

James Anderson is making progress with his calf injury and will play for Lancashire second XI in a three-day match beginning on Tuesday.

England say the 37-year-old will be assessed "on an ongoing basis".

The two sides drew the second Test at Lord's on Sunday, although Ashes holders Australia were given a scare by the England bowlers.

Anderson, who is England's leading Test wicket-taker, aggravated his calf injury during the first Test at Edgbaston, which Australia went on to win.

There is a longer gap between the third Test, which ends on 26 August, and the fourth at Old Trafford beginning on 4 September, which will give Anderson time to test his fitness.

Pace bowler Jofra Archer, who replaced Anderson at Lord's, impressed on debut with some hostile spells and speeds of up to 96mph.

England squad for second Ashes Test: Joe Root (capt), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.


Ashes 2019: Australia repel England to draw second Test at Lord's

England had to settle for a draw in the second Ashes Test, but not before Australia were given a huge fright by a Ben Stokes century and another electric Jofra Archer spell on a gripping final day at Lord's.

Having to bat 48 overs to save the game, Australia were 132-3 in the 36th over, only to lose three wickets for 17 runs in the next five.

With the light fading and the tension rising, Archer tore in and spinner Jack Leach had the ball spitting from the rough, but Travis Head and Pat Cummins saw the tourists to 154-6.

Stokes' unbeaten 115 allowed England to declare on 258-5, setting Australia an unlikely 267 to win.

The visitors were without premier batsman Steve Smith, who was withdrawn from the match with a concussion sustained when he was hit by Archer on Saturday.

Once again England debutant Archer bowled with frightening pace, removing David Warner and Usman Khawaja in his first three overs.

Then, with the second ball he bowled to Marnus Labuschagne - the concussion substitute who replaced Smith - Archer dealt another vicious blow to the grille of the batsman's helmet with a delivery clocked at 91.6mph.

Labuschagne bravely battled to 59, but when he was contentiously caught by Joe Root off Leach, it began an Australia slide that also included an outrageous, acrobatic grab by Joe Denly to remove Tim Paine.

However, the light became so poor that Archer was prevented from bowling the final two overs from the Pavilion End and Australia kept their 1-0 lead intact.

They will retain the Ashes if they win the third Test at Headingley, which begins on Thursday.