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Antigua, Barbados, Grenada to host England Tests in 2022

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Bridgetown will also host all five T20Is in a nine-day period in late January

England will play a five-match T20I series in Barbados in January, before competing for the Richards-Botham Trophy across three Tests in Antigua, Barbados and Grenada in March, after Cricket West Indies confirmed the dates for their home internationals in the new year.

England’s white-ball squad will arrive in the Caribbean in mid-January, at the same time as the fifth Ashes Test is due to be taking place in Perth, and will play all five of their T20Is in a nine-day period between January 22 and 30, 2022, including two consecutive weekends of back-to-back fixtures.

After a month’s break, the focus will then switch to the Test format, with a four-day warm-up at the Coolidge Ground in Antigua, ahead of the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, beginning March 8 – an apt venue given that this will be the first time that the newly minted Richards-Botham trophy will be contested, following the retirement of the Wisden Trophy at the end of England’s 2-1 series win in 2020.

West Indies secured a memorable 2-1 series win in their last home campaign against England in 2019, the highlight of which was an emphatic 381-run win in the opening Test at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, in which England were bowled out for 77 before Jason Holder starred on his home ground with 202 not out.

Barbados will be the venue for the second Test this time around, from March 16-20, before the series concludes at St George’s in Grenada on March 24-28 – a ground where England have played just one previous Test, a nine-wicket victory to square the series on their 2015 tour.

England have won just one Test series in the Caribbean since 1968, when Michael Vaughan’s achieved a 3-0 victory in 2004.

The venues for the series are among the most popular for England’s travelling fans, with CWI stating that they will be welcoming “fully vaccinated” spectators throughout the tour. Online ticket sales are expected to be available from mid-November.

“We are delighted to be able to confirm the venues for this extended West Indies vs England T20I and Test Series,” Johnny Grave, West Indies’ CEO, said. “The history and rivalry between the two teams creates great anticipation for fans here in the Caribbean and around the world. These fixtures are part of a bumper year of international home cricket running from January to August in the Caribbean.”

“A West Indies vs England home Test Series is the biggest sporting and sports tourism event in the Caribbean. Dating back to 1930 when the first England team visited, these fixtures are steeped in history and a new chapter in this great rivalry will be written, this time with the prize of the new Richards Botham Trophy.

“Celebrating these two heroes of cricket and lifelong friends with the new trophy, staging world-class cricket and hosting thousands of England fans will be a welcome boost for cricket and for the whole region. We are all really looking forward to welcoming fully vaccinated England fans who can not only enjoy some winter sun and Caribbean hospitality but also some world class cricket with both these England Tours, as well as the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup that will also take place in the West Indies in January next year.”

T20I Series

1st T20I January 22, Barbados
2nd T20I January 23, Barbados
3rd T20I January 26, Barbados
4th T20I January 29, Barbados
5th T20I January 30, Barbados

Test Series

Warm-up March 1-4, Coolidge Ground, Antigua
1st Test March 8-12, Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua
2nd Test March 16-20, Kensington Oval, Barbados
3rd Test March 24-28, St George’s, Grenada



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Eyes on David Warner, but Australia's biggest challenge will be when he's gone

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After being hit by injury last season questions have been asked about whether Warner can dominate Test cricket again



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Darren Gough set to be named as Yorkshire’s director of cricket

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Former Yorkshire fast bowler to be unveiled on Monday after answering call to help club

Darren Gough is set to be unveiled as Yorkshire’s new director of cricket, as the club embarks on a rebuilding process in the wake of last week’s sacking of the existing coaching and medical staff.

Gough, 51, is expected to announce the appointment on his talkSPORT radio show on Monday, as he prepares to put his media career on hold to help shore up the foundations of his former county, in the wake of Azeem Rafiq’s allegations of institutional racism and the extensive fall-out that has followed.

As one of the most popular players in Yorkshire’s history, Gough claimed 453 first-class wickets in 15 years with the club, during which time he also picked up 229 wickets in 58 Test appearances for England, before finishing his career at Essex, where he still lives.

He is seen by Lord Kamlesh Patel, the club’s new chairman, as the ideal man to help heal the deep divisions at Yorkshire, as he steps into the role vacated by Martyn Moxon on Friday – one of 16 members of the back-room staff axed in a dramatic statement of the club’s determination to put the racism scandal behind them.

That issue is unlikely to resolved without further revelations, however. The 16 players are expected to seek legal advice on Monday, after it transpired that several of their number had sent a joint letter to the Yorkshire Board in October, seen by ESPNcricinfo, outlining their deep unease at the club’s handling of the racism case, and its failure to rebut Rafiq’s extensive claims.

Gough has been involved in coaching on a consultancy basis since his retirement in 2008, including a stint with England’s Test squad in New Zealand in 2019-20, but his new role is expected to be focussed on strategy, planning, recruitment and development.



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Aus vs Eng, Men’s Ashes, 2021-22 – Alex Carey ready if Test debut comes

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A lean run in the Sheffield Shield has not dented the wicketkeeper’s confidence

Despite a relatively lean Sheffield Shield season Alex Carey feels he is well placed should he get the nod to be Australia’s wicketkeeper in the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba.
Thirty-year-old Carey, who plays for South Australia, is the frontrunner to fill Tim Paine’s position ahead of the highly-regarded Josh Inglis but insisted he has yet to be given the nudge from the selectors.

Inglis, along with fellow Western Australia team-mates Mitchell Marsh and Ashton Agar, flew back to Perth on Tuesday for a pre-planned few days back home and will rejoin the squad after a short break but it has been taken as an indication of the way the selectors will fall.

Carey has made just 153 runs in eight Sheffield Shield innings this season – with single-figure scores in his last five outings – but did crack a century in the Marsh Cup before heading to Brisbane. Due to his place in the T20 World Cup squad Inglis, who shot into contention after a superb 2020-21 domestic season, has only played one first-class match this summer.

“I’ve felt in a really good place,” Carey told RSN radio. “I feel like I’m hitting the ball well and although the runs didn’t come as I would have liked in the first part of the Sheffield Shield season I think consistently over the last couple of years I’ve been pretty solid.

“It wasn’t a case which end do I hold the bat, still felt like I knew what I was doing, and to get some runs in that one-day game is great. Nice to know what I was doing is still the right thing.

“I’ve done what I can so I’ll sit back and hope for the best.”

Carey is also encouraged by the philosophy of the current selection panel – headed by George Bailey – that they are not swayed by a small sample of recent results and look at a larger picture.

“Cricket’s a game where if you miss out in one game you are judged on that and you feel like everything is coming down on you but it takes one innings to turn that around and you are in great form again,” he said. “Justin [Langer] and George have played so many games and they know what it’s like and they’ve put a lot of trust and open communication with the players.”

Overall Carey averages 34.73 in first-class cricket with five centuries. He was due to be the reserve wicketkeeper on the postponed Test tour of South Africa earlier this year and last season took the gloves for Australia A.

Other selection calls Australia need to make ahead of the opening Test are between Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson – with Starc expected to retain his place – and which of Travis Head and Usman Khawaja bats at No. 5.

Australia’s intrasquad match which was due to start on Wednesday has been canceled due to the continued wet weather in Brisbane with players hoping to get some centre-wicket time if the rain clears over the next couple of days.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo



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