England to begin test series against India on a Saturday
LONDON (AP) England will start a test match on a Saturday for the first time in 63 years, playing India in the third test at Trent Bridge next August.
It will be the first time England will start on a Saturday since facing South Africa at the Oval in 1955.
Along with the five-test series, England and India will also play three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals.
England must negotiate two home tests against Pakistan in late May. That will be followed by a one-day international against Scotland in Edinburgh on June 10, while Australia's limited-overs tour will take place from June 13-27.
''England's white-ball contests against India, Australia and Scotland will give a fascinating guide to form ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup,'' ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said in a statement.