England have started their 2012 home fixtures in fine fashion, beating the West Indies in both their 3 match Test series and 3 match ODI series. However no one expected the inexperienced West Indies to particularly trouble England on home soil.
The real test of England begins next Friday as their ODI series against Australia begins at Lord’s. This is a massive fixture and may well set the tone for the rest of England’s summer. They’ll be without Kevin Pietersen who earlier this month retired from all forms of limited over cricket.
Then mid-July England face the world number two ranked Test side South Africa. With both teams at the top of their game in Test cricket this is a tantalising Test series and one which could cement England’s position as number one!
The ECB recently released England’s schedule for 2013. We know it’s a bit early to talk too seriously about it (Christmas first!) but it’s a good one so we thought we’d share it with you and give our opinion on the fixtures to look out for.
As tradition dictates, the first home Test match of the year is played at Lord’s as England face New Zealand in the first of two Test fixtures. As it’s just a 2 match Test series and with a win at Lord’s enough to guarantee at least a series draw, both teams will be looking to burst out the blocks. Next are three ODI’s against New Zealand starting again at Lord’s and then at The Ageas Bowl and Trent Bridge. The Oval then plays host to two floodlit Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand. We all love the traditional image of cricket being played on a bright summers day but floodlit matches are definitely an experience all cricket fan should have!
For the first time since 2004, the ICC Champions Trophy will be staged in England. The world’s top 8 ODI teams will face each other in this high-intensity competition during June. The final is to be played at Edgbaston, widely regarded to be the ground with the best atmosphere in the country. And so after an intense two weeks leading to the final, spectators can expect this to culminate in an unforgettable climax!
Finally, the Nation’s favourite cricket tournament the Ashes returns to British shores once again in 2013. The Australians will be looking to win the Ashes for the first time since the 2006-07 series as well as regaining their pride after a stunning English victory on Australian soil for the 2010-11 series. As well as the 5-Test Ashes series, Australia will also play a 5-ODI series against England in September. It’s always hard to call which match will be the crucial one in any 5 match Test series, but we like the look of the 5th Test at the Kia Oval.
If you’d like to register your interest in our England cricket hospitality for any of England’s fixtures then contact us today. In the meantime here’s a link to download our handy ECB 2013 Fixture List! http://bit.ly/ECB2013.