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Thursday 12th March 2020

Chris Woakes: England bowler pulls out of IPL stint with Delhi Capitals

England bowler Chris Woakes has pulled out of this year's Indian Premier League to focus on international cricket.

Woakes, who is currently in Sri Lanka with England's Test squad, was due to play for Delhi Capitals in the Twenty20 tournament, which starts on 29 March.

The Warwickshire player will instead return to Birmingham after England's two-Test tour of Sri Lanka.

Woakes has played 33 Tests, including three of England's six Tests over the winter, and was a member of the World Cup-winning squad last summer.

He was signed for £160,000 by Delhi Capitals at auction, having previously played in the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.


England in South Africa: Tourists lose first Twenty20 by one run

England threw away the opportunity to defeat South Africa in the first Twenty20 international, losing a dramatic contest by one run in East London.

The tourists needed three from the final delivery of the match, but Adil Rashid could only manage a single.

England were cantering to their target of 178 as Jason Roy plundered 70 from 38 balls, only for his dismissal to spark South Africa's resurgence.

Even then, Eoin Morgan's 52 meant England needed just seven from the final over, yet the brilliant Lungi Ngidi had Tom Curran caught at deep mid-wicket and bowled Moeen Ali.

Rashid was asked to be the hero from the only ball he faced, but an inside edge to mid-wicket meant he was run out coming back for a second run which would have forced a super over.

It was cruel on Rashid who, along with fellow spinner Moeen, earlier helped England recover from a dreadful start with the ball and in the field to limit South Africa to 177-8 on a superb batting pitch.


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)