A World Cup and Ashes to come in 2019 in a fantastic summer for cricket

World Cup and Ashes to come in 2019 in what could be a fantastic summer for English cricket in all forms

  • England are hot favourites to win the World Cup on home soil during 2019
  • There will also be another Ashes series during August and September
  • The international calendar is crammed but this may become a concern 

Paul Newman for the Daily Mail

The good news is that English cricket, without a big football tournament or Olympics to get in the way, should command maximum attention next summer.

The bad is that elite cricketers are being pushed like never before, with the demands placed on them now at saturation point as the game’s greedy administrators refuse to yield an inch in their relentless pursuit of as much money as they can muster.

The 2019 summer will not only see the domestic season beginning in April — earlier than ever — but also finds England in action as early as May 3 when they play a one-day international against Ireland in Dublin.

England are heading into their home World Cup as favourites to win the tournament

England are heading into their home World Cup as favourites to win the tournament

From there it is straight to Cardiff for a Twenty20 international followed by five 50-over games against Pakistan — England’s last chance for practice ahead of the World Cup they kick off on May 30 against South Africa at the Oval.

Cricket has always made the mistake of making the World Cup too long and this one is no exception, even though the ICC have upset associate world nations by restricting it to just 10 teams.

If England get to the final they will play in what should be the game’s biggest showpiece occasion at Lord’s on July 14.

Steve Smith is likely to be available for Australia for the Ashes series in England in August

Steve Smith is likely to be available for Australia for the Ashes series in England in August

There will barely be time for the open top bus parade before Joe Root and company will be donning whites and facing Ireland in a four-day Test starting just 10 days later.

Then comes the big one — with the first Ashes Test against Australia, probably including Steve Smith and David Warner returning after their bans, on August 1. The Ashes are not due to end until September 16 at the Oval.

Do not think there will then be a break either because England have not one, not two but three tours next winter to New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka – and so it goes on.

England may have exciting all-rounder Jofra Archer available for the World Cup this summer

England may have exciting all-rounder Jofra Archer available for the World Cup this summer

Something has to give but you can be sure it will not be any of the lucrative T20 and T10 events that are springing up all over the world or even — most depressingly — the ECB’s ill-considered new format The Hundred.

The best players will not give up their extra money-making opportunities so governing bodies simply have to reduce the amount of international cricket. Sadly, they won’t.

However, it’s Christmas so let’s be cheery. Cricket so often gives the impression it is doomed and desperate for a ‘new’ audience, but it still has much to commend it.

Next summer will show why it is still such a great game. I expect Eoin Morgan to lift the World Cup and Root to hold the urn before coach Trevor Bayliss rides off into a Sydney sunset with all the plaudits. Then we can all go and have a lie down.


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