Cricket fans in the UK will not be left disappointed in 2022 with a packed schedule of high-class fixtures across all formats of the game in both the international and domestic arenas.
Domestically, all eyes will be on the return of The Hundred after the hugely successful inaugural season of English cricket’s franchise short-format game in 2021. Southern Brave, captained by James Vince and playing at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl, won the men’s tournament last year; and Dané van Niekerk’s Oval Invincibles, playing at – you guessed it – The Kia Oval, were crowned the first women’s champions in this exciting new format of the game. With a compelling blend of both home-grown and overseas talent, this year promises to be as good, if not better than last.
Ben Stokes takes the reigns as Captain
Although this year signals the end of an era in English cricket with Joe Root resigning the test captaincy after just over five years in the role, there is plenty of room for optimism under Root’s replacement, with the box office, world-class all-rounder, Ben Stokes set to lead the team as the new captain of the English test side.
There are few easy matches in test cricket, and it doesn’t get much tougher for Stokes’ first challenge as England welcome the reigning ICC World Test Champions, New Zealand to play a three-match series. Starting at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s, on Thursday June 2nd, before heading to Trent Bridge just over a week later on June 10th, and rounding off the series in Yorkshire at Headingley with the final test starting on June 23rd. England vs New Zealand cricket in recent years has rarely failed to produce thrilling contests, most notably the ICC Cricket World Cup Final of 2019. If this summer’s test series throws up even half as much drama as that fateful date at Lord’s, we’ll be in for a treat.
Next up for Ben Stokes and England, India, as they conclude last year’s covid affected test series with the fifth and final match to be played at Edgbaston starting on July 1st. As things stand India lead the series 2-1 after wins at Lord’s and The Kia Oval last summer; however, England’s win at Headingley means the series can still be tied should Stokes and co triumph in the one-off test meeting this summer.
South Africa test series rounds off the summer action
The national side will then quickly turn their attention to the shorter formats of the game, again facing India, this time with three-match IT20 and ODI series to be played at The Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge, The Kia Oval, Lord’s and Emirates Old Trafford between July 7th and July 17th. The Bharat Army never fail to turn up in their droves when the Indian national side is in town and we can expect a scintillating atmosphere at all the games as a result.
After another IT20 and ODI series against South Africa, we welcome the Proteas test team to England for the major test series this summer. Since the last time England vs South Africa took place on home soil in 2017, much and more has changed for both sides, the rivalry on the other hand, remains fierce.
Dean Elgar now captains the tourists and has enjoyed a promising start to his reign, first winning away in the West Indies in his debut series as captain and backing that victory up with a 2-1 series win when India toured South Africa over the new year. Taking place at some of England’s finest cricketing venues: Lord’s, Emirates Old Trafford and The Kia Oval, this series is sure to provide the perfect end to a wonderful summer of international cricket. See here for availability and dates for all of England’s fixtures in 2022.
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