After a disappointing outing in the opening edition of the ICC World Test Championship, England will be eyeing a turnaround in the following season of the fray. Being outplayed by the likes of India and New Zealand, they will have to conjure hellacious vim and vigour if they are hoping for a turnaround.
England finished in the fourth spot of the tournament in the preceding edition after winning four series from the six that they played. It all began for the Englishmen with the prestigious Ashes. Despite going down in the series, they came up with a rippling victory n the finale to level the fray.
They staged another extraordinary watershed against South Africa in the latter’s backyard after going down in the opening Test of the series. This triumph was followed by another clinical performance against Pakistan which saw them winning the series by 1-0, thanks to a victory in the first Test.
The Three Lions showed no signs of relent, thanks to another scintillating showdown against the Sri Lankans in the latter’s den. In the clash of lions, England thumped Sri Lanka, imposing a clean sweep.
Things took an unfortunate turn for the English army after they suffered a mortifying shellacking at the hands of India away from home. They were clinical in the opening Test match but couldn’t live up to the billing in the remaining Test matches.
That emphatic loss at the hands of India cost them a spot in the finale and they were left ruing over their missed opportunities against the formidable Indians.
We will sneak a peek at the imminent Test schedule of England which will unfold their journey to the next World Test Championship finale if they qualify.
India’s tour of England 2021 (July – September)
This can very well a tour of vengeance for the English brigade. After suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of India in February, they will be eyeing to emulate a similar feat against the Indians. The Test series will comprise 5 matches which will be played at Nottingham, London, Leeds, London and Manchester, respectively. The first Test match will begin on 4th August, followed by 12th, 25th, 2nd September and 10th September.
The Ashes 2021-22 (December – January)
England will be travelling to Australia to duke out for the prestigious Ashes which will unfold between December and January. The first Test match will start on December 8th at Brisbane, followed by the second Test on December 16th at Adelaide. The third Test match is scheduled to be played in Melbourne from December 26th. The fourth match of the series will kickstart on January 5th in Sydney. The final rubber of the fray will start on January 14th in Perth.
England’s tour of West Indies 2022 (January – March)
The English force will be travelling to West Indies after conjuring some vertiginous resistance in the preceding tour. After a brilliant fight in the opening Test match of the series, West Indies was humbled by a dominant England to clinch the series. There will be three Test matches that will be played between these two teams and they have so far been scheduled on March 8th
New Zealand’s tour of England 2022 (May – June)
This will be another opportunity for the English to avenge their preceding defeat against the Black Caps. They will be three Tests amongst themselves. The Kiwis defeated England just ahead of the WTC final in a convincing manner.
South Africa’s tour of England 2022 (July – August)
The two teams will be jousting for supremacy with the Rainbow Nation arriving in England. It won’t be an easy task for South Africa but they would like to pen a statement against a rippling England.
England’s tour of Pakistan 2022 (November – December)
This will be an important challenge for the English team given the glacial conditions in Pakistan and their vulnerability in the sub-continent. However, the two teams will be playing out three Test matches between them in order to determine the fate of England’s WTC final berth.