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England announce 2012/2013 winter tour of India

Andrew Strauss will lead England to India

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the schedule for England’s first full winter tour of India since 2008.

The format will include four Test matches, two twenty20 internationals and five one-day internationals.

The team will leave the UK on October 25th and head to Dubai for a three-day training camp at the International Cricket Council Global Cricket Academy.

They arrive in Mumbai four days later for the first of five tour games throughout the winter.
England are scheduled to depart the UK on October 25 before playing three first-class matches in India ahead of the four-Test series.

The first Test is due to begin in Ahmedabad on November 15th with the final Test taking place from December 13th.

After the second twenty20 international on December 22nd the entire squad will fly home before the team selected for the one-day series makes its way back to India for the start of the five-match series on January 11th 2013.

ECB managing director Hugh Morris said: “This will be England’s first full tour of India since 2008 and I am sure that cricket fans in both countries will be eagerly anticipating an exciting series of contests in all three formats of the game.

“ECB will also be seeking to finalise an England Performance Programme camp in India before Christmas which will help prepare members of both our Test and T20 squads.”

England winter tour itinerary 2012/2013 - November 15-19: 1st Test, Ahmedabad; November 23-27: 2nd Test, Mumbai; December 5-9: 3rd Test, Kolkata; December 13-17: 4th Test, Nagpur; December 20: 1st T20, Pune; December 22: 2nd T20, Mumbai

January 11: 1st ODI (D/N), Rajkot; January 15: 2nd ODI (D/N), Kochi; January 19: 3rd ODI (D/N), Ranchi; January 23: 4th ODI (D/N), Dharamshala; January 27: 5th ODI (D/N), Mohali

Mark Applin

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