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Monday 3rd September 2018

Alastair Cook to retire from international cricket after fifth Test

England's highest Test run-scorer Alastair Cook will retire from international cricket after this week's final Test against India.

The opener, 33, has scored 12,254 runs and made 32 centuries in 160 Tests - all England records.

The fifth Test of the series, in which England have an unassailable 3-1 lead, starts on Friday at The Oval.

Cook is sixth on the all-time list of Test run-scorers and has made a record 11,627 runs as an opener.


England to play four-day Ireland Test before 2019 Ashes series

England will play their first ever Test match against Ireland in July 2019, before the start of the Ashes series.

They begin the summer on 5 May with a Twenty20 international against Pakistan, followed by a five-match one-day international series, and then the World Cup starting on 30 May.

England face Ireland at Lord's in a four-day match from 24-27 July - their first Test of fewer than five days since the tour of New Zealand in 1971.

The Ashes series starts on 1 August.

Because of the World Cup, two Tests against Australia, at Old Trafford and the Oval, will be played in September. England will be seeking to regain the Ashes after they lost 4-0 down under this winter.

The series will also mark the start of the inaugural World Test Championship.

Ireland were awarded Test status in June 2017 and lost their inaugural match to Pakistan in May.

Summer 2019 full schedule

England v Pakistan
May 5: T20 international @ Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
May 8: First ODI @ Oval
May 11: Second ODI @ Ageas Bowl
May 14: Third ODI @ Brightside Ground, Bristol
May 17: Fourth ODI @ Trent Bridge (day/night)
May 19: Fifth ODI @ Headingley

30 May - 14 July: Cricket World Cup

England v Ireland
24-27 July, Four-day Test @ Lord's

England v Australia
August 1-5: First Test @ Edgbaston
August 14-18: Second Test @ Lord's
August 22-26: Third Test @ Headingley
September 4-8: Fourth Test @ Old Trafford
September 12-16: Fifth Test @ Oval


Kuldeep takes six England wickets as India win opening ODI at Trent Bridge

Kuldeep Yadav claimed the best figures by a spinner in a one-day international in England to set India on the way to a massive win in the series opener.

His 6-25, also the best figures by a left-arm spinner in any ODI, shot England out for 268 at Trent Bridge.

That target was made to look meagre by Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 137 and 75 from India captain Virat Kohli.

They shared 167 as the visitors eased over the line with eight wickets and almost 10 overs to spare.

India, who have already won the Twenty20 series 2-1, can take victory in the three-match series at Lord's on Saturday.


Cricket World Cup: London Stadium not one of 11 tournament venues

London Stadium will not host any World Cup matches next summer.

The England and Wales Cricket Board was considering high-capacity venues to host the 50-over competition in 2019, but the home of West Ham is not one of the 11 grounds named.

Lord's will host the final on 14 July, while the semi-finals will be played at Old Trafford and Edgbaston.

England play the first match of the tournament against South Africa at The Oval on 30 May.

Australia begin their title defence in a day-night match against Afghanistan on 1 June in Bristol.

The tournament, which features 10 teams playing nine round-robin matches, runs from 30 May to 14 July.

The 60,000-seat London Stadium is much larger than any UK cricket ground - Lord's has the highest capacity of the World Cup venues with 30,000 seats.

The former Olympic Stadium was considered at the request of the International Cricket Council, who wanted to replicate the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, which saw games held at large stadiums.

Four of the teams, England, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India, will not play any of the seven day-night matches, while New Zealand feature in four of them.

India will take on Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, which is set to host six matches, on 16 June, while Bangladesh will feature in one of three matches at Taunton in Somerset.

England have never won a global 50-over competition, although they were beaten finalists in 1979, 1987 and 1992.

Afghanistan and West Indies beat Ireland and Scotland respectively to claim the final two places in next year's tournament.

2019 Cricket World Cup venues
Bristol, Cardiff, Chester-le-Street (Durham), Edgbaston (Birmingham), Headingley (Leeds), Lord's (London), Old Trafford (Manchester), The Oval (London), Taunton (Somerset), Trent Bridge (Nottingham), Southampton.