England accepts grueling international schedule for 2017

England's Joe Root hits the ball during the One Day International against Sri Lanka at the Oval in London, Wednesday June 29, 2016. (Simon Cooper/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
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LONDON (AP) England will play a combined seven tests in two months against touring teams South Africa and West Indies amid its grueling 2017 summer schedule that also sees international cricket return to Somerset for the first time in 34 years.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced the schedule on Friday, with England playing three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s against South Africa before the four-test series begins on July 6 through Aug. 8.

Between the ODIs and T20s, England will host the Champions Trophy.

Nine days after the fourth and last test against South Africa, England starts its three-test series against the West Indies.

There are only three days between the first two tests at Edgbaston and Headingley. Then follows a T20 and five ODIs.

Taunton, Somerset's home, will host the second ODI against South Africa. The last international it staged was in the 1983 World Cup.