REVEALED: Twenty of next summer’s 43 English Tests will be against Australia or India, but only three will be against World Testing Championship leaders, South Africa
- England play almost half of their tests against arch-rivals Australia and India
- The ‘Big Three’ cricket lands appear to be dominating the schedule again
- England will not play Afghanistan or Zimbabwe and will play Bangladesh once
- England will play 43 practice matches from summer 2023 – February 2027
Twenty of the 43 English Tests between next summer and early 2027 will be against Australia and India, but only three against South Africa, the current World Test Championship leaders.
With Australia and India also set to face each other in a series of five matches, the new calendar released by the ICC will do nothing to quell fears that the so-called ‘Big Three’ will dominate the Test fixture list at the expense of everyone else. .
South Africa, for example, will play only 28 Tests in the same period, including 22 in 11 two-game series.
England to play 43 Tests from summer 2023-February 2027 with 20 against India and Australia
Meanwhile, all but four of New Zealand’s test champions in the 15 Series will feature just one or two matches.
England’s second most regular opponents are New Zealand and Pakistan, with six Tests each.
They play only three times against the West Indies and South Africa, twice against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and once against Ireland.
Kane Williamson’s New Zealand host country England in November 2024 for a visit in June 2026
Afghanistan and Zimbabwe – which England have not met in a test since 2003 – are totally ignored.
And there will be little international cricket in August that is shielded from the Hundred.
A busy white-ball schedule in both formats will feature a tri-series in 2026-27 with hosts Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Afghanistan and Zimbabwe have been overlooked and the latter’s 19-year wait will continue
England Test opponents from summer 2023-2027
June 2023 – One test against Ireland (home)
June August 2023 – Five-Test series against Australia (home)
January 2024 – Five-Test series against India (out)
July 2024 – Three-Test series against West Indies (home)
August 2024 – Two-Test series against Sri Lanka (home)
October 2024 – Three-Test series against Pakistan (away)
Nov 2024 – Three-Test series against New Zealand (away)
June 2025 – Five-Test series against India (home)
Nov 2025 – January 2026 – Five-Test Series against Australia (away)
June 2026 – Three-Test series against New Zealand (home)
August – September 2026 – Three-Test series against Pakistan (home)
Dec 2026 – Three-Test series against Sri Lanka (away)
February 2027 – Two-Test series against Bangladesh (away)