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Tuesday 3rd December 2019

England in New Zealand: Drawn second Test seals 1-0 series win for hosts

New Zealand sealed a 1-0 series win over England as Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor centuries helped secure a draw in the second Test in Hamilton.

Captain Williamson made an unbeaten 104 and Taylor 105 not out as they guided New Zealand to 241-2 - a lead of 140 - before rain ended play early.

England were unable to take a wicket in the 41 overs possible in the day.

The tourists, who lost the first Test by an innings and 65 runs, have not won in New Zealand since 2008.

Although England - under new coach Chris Silverwood - won the Twenty20 series that preceded the Tests, they end the year without a Test series victory for the first time since 1999.

They travel to South Africa for a four-Test series starting on 26 December.


Ashes 2019: England level series after beating Australia in final Test

England ended their memorable summer by earning a 2-2 draw in the Ashes with a 135-run defeat of Australia in the fifth Test.

On a beautifully sunny day at The Oval, England set Australia 399 to win and bowled them out for 263 to square the contest with their oldest enemies in a year when they lifted the World Cup for the first time.

Australia retain the urn they won in 2017-18 but miss out on a first series win in England since 2001, while an Ashes series is drawn for the first time in 47 years.

From 313-8 overnight, England added 16 to be all out for 329 and leave Australia in need of pulling off the highest run-chase in an Ashes Test since 1948.

In conditions that remained relatively good for batting, there was the slightest chance that Steve Smith could end his prolific summer with one more stroke of genius.

There was disbelief, then delight, when Smith turned Stuart Broad to a diving Ben Stokes at leg slip for 23 - his lowest score of the series by 57 runs.

England were still held up by Mathew Wade's combative century, but after he was stumped off Joe Root, the last three wickets fell for four runs, with victory completed by Root's stunning grab of Josh Hazlewood.

It means they end coach Trevor Bayliss' reign with a win, while both sides have 56 points and sit joint-fourth in the World Test Championship.


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)