England risk Ashes clash after announcing West Indies dates

play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Ben Stokes, Joe Root (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Ben Stokes, Joe Root (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

England could be forced to field two men's teams at the same time after announcing match dates for their 2022 tour of the West Indies that could overlap with their Ashes tour to Australia.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Wednesday it had agreed to increase the Test series from two matches to three, with the Twenty20 international leg of the tour expanded into a five-game series from the original three.

The T20 games are scheduled to take place between January 28 and February 5.

That puts the fixtures on a potential collision course with the Ashes Tests in Australia, with the showpiece series set to last well into January due to quarantine issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

A three-Test series in the Caribbean will follow the T20 matches, with a lucrative additional fixture partly a goodwill gesture towards Cricket West Indies, which sent men's and women's teams to England last year during the pandemic.

Teams touring Australia may have to quarantine for at least 14 days after flying in from India, where the men's Twenty20 World Cup final is scheduled for November 14.

An Ashes series usually starts in November, with only the fifth and final Test, traditionally staged at the Sydney Cricket Ground, taking place in January.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
India 146/3
New Zealand 0
loading... Live
West Indies 149/10
South Africa 298/10
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
40% - 14963 votes
12% - 4612 votes
19% - 6996 votes
3% - 981 votes
1% - 369 votes
2% - 893 votes
5% - 1894 votes
9% - 3231 votes
4% - 1341 votes
Water sports
1% - 342 votes
American sports
1% - 464 votes
3% - 1254 votes