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England confirm 2017 South Africa and West Indies fixtures

 Agencies |  2016-07-02 01:24:02.0  |  London

England announced on Friday their 2017 home international fixture programme with tours by South Africa and the West Indies included in a busy schedule that will also see England staging the ICC Champions Trophy in June.

In addition, England will also play host to the women’s World Cup from June 26 to July 3. England will begin their 2017 home season with two one-day internationals against Ireland at Bristol and Lord’s on May 5 and 7 — the first time they have met the Irish on English soil.

Later in May, they face South Africa in three ODIs which will serve as warm-up fixtures for the Champions Trophy — a tournament for the world’s top eight teams in 50-over cricket — which begins with England’s match against Bangladesh at The Oval on June 1. 

Once the Champions Trophy, which finishes with a final at The Oval on June 18, is over, England and South Africa will play three Twenty20s — including the first England men’s international at Taunton since the 1983 World Cup.

England then have a gruelling schedule of seven Tests in just under 10 weeks, four against South Africa starting at Lord’s on July 6 before a three-match series with the West Indies commencing on August 17. There has been speculation the first match of the West Indies series, at Edgbaston, could be England’s inaugural home day/night Test but the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has not confirmed its status.

Once the Tests are finished, England will play the the Wrest Indies in a one-off Twenty20 and five-match ODI series, with the English international season concluding at southern county Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl headquarters on September 29. 

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