India and England to complete five-Test series at Edgbaston in 2022

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22 Oct 2021 | 12:17 PM staff

India and England to complete five-Test series at Edgbaston in 2022

The fifth Test will be played in July 2022, and India will enter the decider with a 2-1 lead in the series

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed that the fifth Test between India and England, that was originally scheduled to be played in Manchester between September 10 and September 14, has been rescheduled and will be played in July 2022 at Edgbaston. 

India won the fourth Test at The Oval to go 2-1 up in the series, but a Covid outbreak in the visiting camp brought about a temporary halt to the series, post which there was confusion over the final result of the series. 

But after a month of speculation, the ECB have confirmed that the series will be completed next year, with India set to enter the fifth Test with a 2-1 lead.

“The fifth match of the LV= Insurance Test Series between England Men and India Men has been rescheduled and will now take place in July 2022,” read an ECB statement.

“With India leading the series 2-1, the concluding fifth match will now take place from July 1, 2022, at Edgbaston, following an agreement between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

“Due to the complexities in the schedule, the fixture cannot be staged at Emirates Old Trafford owing to clashes with pre-planned events at the venue, which will leave insufficient time to prepare a Test pitch. 

“Instead, Emirates Old Trafford will now host the second LV= Insurance Test against South Africa next summer, starting on August 25, 2022. This match was previously due to take place at Edgbaston.”

The rescheduling of the Test has forced the ECB to tweak the overall schedule, with the T20I series between India and England now starting six days later than originally planned.

“Given the rescheduling of the fifth Test, the Vitality IT20 Series and Royal London Series between England and India will now start six days later than originally planned. 

“The IT20 series will begin on 7 July at Ageas Bowl with Edgbaston and Trent Bridge hosting the 2nd and 3rdgames of the series respectively on 9 and 10 July.

“The Royal London One Day Series starts on 12 July at the Kia Oval. Lord’s will host the 2nd game of the series on 14 July and the series will wrap up at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday 17 July,” the ECB confirmed.

Revised Dates and venues

Rescheduled 5thLV= Insurance Test v India, Edgbaston - 1 - 5 July

Vitality IT20 Series v India

1st Vitality IT20, Ageas Bowl - 7 July

2nd Vitality IT20, Edgbaston - 9 July

3rd Vitality IT20, Trent Bridge - 10 July

Royal London Series v India

1st Royal London ODI, Kia Oval - 12 July

2nd Royal London ODI, Lord’s - 14 July

3rd Royal London ODI, Emirates Old Trafford - 17 July

Test series vs South Africa

2nd LV= Insurance Test v South Africa, Emirates Old Trafford - 25-29 August

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