Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

England vs India: 5 Tests, 3 ODIs and T20Is scheduled for 2018

England vs India: 5 Tests, 3 ODIs and T20Is scheduled for 2018

"A five-Test series against India is at the heart of next summer's worldwide programme", said ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison after confirming England's home matches in 2018 where they also host Pakistan and Australia.

Dark clouds moved overhead soon after the players took to the field and Anderson nearly opened his account in the third over of the day.

It was a performance that saw West Indies routed for 123 after Jason Holder, their captain, won the toss and made a decision to bat first.

The Caribbean side lost the first Test in three days by an innings at Edgbaston, but hit back to win by five wickets in the second contest.

Jason Holder's decision at the toss might have been considered a fearless move, even considering their victory in the second Test; a buoyant West Indies, most of whom have never played at Lord's before, knew they must rise to the occasion.

Roland-Jones, who made his global Test debut in July, has taken 14 wickets in three Tests. But Alastair Cook had not read the script, and put down a regulation chance as the opener was reprieved on three.

After a 40-minute rain break, Kyle Hope was out for a duck when, trying to withdraw his bat to Anderson, he was well caught by diving wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.

The Saturday start - in the third Test against India at Trent Bridge in August - will be England's first since they took on South Africa at The Oval in 1955.

The 23-year-old, carrying on from where he left off, marked his first ball by punching Anderson through the covers for four.

Law hoped the success of Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite would inspire their team-mates and suggested the side's success might convince some of their detractors - not least Nasser Hussain, who wrote a newspaper column that underwhelmed the West Indies dressing room - to think again.

Had England wrapped up the series at Headingley instead of West Indies levelling things at 1-1, it is not hard to imagine Woakes rehabilitation would have continued at this level rather than back with Warwickshire.

Hope had made 28 of his 29 runs in boundaries when Roland-Jones cut one away from the right-hand batsman and a relieved Cook clung on to a gentle slip catch. Powell's 39 was the highest score of the match so far.

With dark clouds still hanging over Lord's, both bowlers found extensive swing, which Roland-Jones utilised to great effect to bowl the unsafe Jermaine Blackwood (1), who tried to offer an expansive drive.

Even though Woakes scored an unbeaten 61 with the bat in the second innings, it is his bowling that led him down as England failed to defend 322 runs in the final innings.

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