ECB announce England's 2019 home season; Ireland to play four-day Test at Lord's

England’s bid to regain the Ashes next year will begin with first Test against Australia at Edgbaston, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday.

Reuters, Jul 19, 2018 19:31:30 IST

England’s bid to regain the Ashes next year will begin with first Test against Australia at Edgbaston, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday.

Australia recorded a comprehensive 4-0 rout over England at home earlier this year but they have not won an away Ashes series since Steve Waugh’s side triumphed 4-1 in 2001.

The Ashes will kick off the inaugural World Test Championship, which will see nine top-ranked test nations competing in a league over a two-year cycle.

ECB announce Englands 2019 home season; Ireland to play four-day Test at Lords

England to begin their Ashes bid at Edgbaston. Reuters

England are also scheduled to meet Ireland at Lord’s in a four-day test from 24-27 July, their first Test of fewer than five days since the tour of New Zealand in 1971.

“We expect next summer’s inaugural Test Match at Lord’s against our neighbours to be an historic celebration for all Irish cricket fans,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said in a statement.

“It will also provide excellent Ashes preparation for England against an Irish team whose impressive performance against Pakistan earlier this year showed they can compete strongly in this form of the game.”

Pakistan will be England’s first opponent of the home international season next year, with their tour featuring five one-day internationals (ODI) and one Twenty20, as both countries prepare for the 50-overs World Cup starting on 30 May.

England’s 2019 home schedule:

5 May: Only Twenty20 v Pakistan, Cardiff

8 May: First ODI v Pakistan, the Oval

11 May: Second ODI v Pakistan, Southampton

14 May: Third ODI v Pakistan, Bristol

17 May: Fourth ODI v Pakistan, Trent Bridge

19 May: Fifth ODI v Pakistan, Headingley


24-27 July: Only Test v Ireland, Lord’s


1-5 August 1-5: First Test v Australia, Edgbaston

14-18 August 14-18: Second Test v Australia, Lord’s

22-26 August: Third Test v Australia, Headingley

4-8 September: Fourth Test v Australia, Old Trafford

12-16 September: Fifth Test v Australia, The Oval

Updated Date: Jul 19, 2018 19:31:30 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
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1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4784 252