England women set for India Test

Salisbury Journal: India and South Africa will be England women's summer opponents India and South Africa will be England women's summer opponents

England women will play series against India and South Africa this summer, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

Ashes winners England will play a one-off Test match and three one-day internationals against India in August, with three Twenty20 internationals against South Africa following at the start of September.

Wormsley Cricket Ground will host the Test from August 13-16, the first time that the two sides have faced each other in the longest form of the game since 2006.

The first two ODIs on August 21 and 23 will take place at Scarborough Cricket Club, with the series culminating at Lord's on August 25.

The matches against South Africa will take place on September 1, 3 and 7.

The Essex County Ground in Chelmsford will host the first match and the County Ground, Northampton the second, while the third will take place at Edgbaston immediately before the men's T20 match between England and India.

ECB head of England women's cricket Clare Connor said: "We look forward to welcoming India women and South Africa women in the summer and fully anticipate that both sides will provide strong opposition for England in all three formats of the game.

"This is a hugely exciting programme of women's international cricket, and it is fantastic that we will once again get to see England battle it out against one of the world's top teams in a Test match.

"The recent Women's Ashes Test in Perth was a wonderful demonstration of women's cricket at its best and I expect a similarly tight contest when England take on India at Wormsley in August.

"Last summer saw record numbers of spectators through the gates to watch England regain the Women's Ashes, and this year's international schedule presents a similarly exciting proposition for cricket fans up and down the country to see some of the best women's cricketers in the world in action."

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