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Reuters | Published: July 19, 2018 9:59:09 England will play first Ireland Test before Ashes in 2019.
- (Reuters)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.
- England’s first Test against Ireland is scheduled for four days at Lord’s before the Ashes next year.
- England are also scheduled to meet Ireland at Lord’s in a four-day Test from July 24-27, their first Test of fewer than five days since the tour of New Zealand in 1971.
- 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 May 30.
- England’s 2019 home schedule:May 5: Only Twenty20 v Pakistan, CardiffMay 8: First ODI v Pakistan, the OvalMay 11: Second ODI v Pakistan, SouthamptonMay 14: Third ODI v Pakistan, BristolMay 17: Fourth ODI v Pakistan, Trent BridgeMay 19: Fifth ODI v Pakistan, Headingley—July 24-27: Only Test v Ireland, Lord’s—Aug.