England are set to tour West Indies in January 2022 for three Tests and five T20Is. The news was confirmed by Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Monday (October 18). England will complete its scheduled Ashes series Down Under on January 18 and then travel to West Indies. The Caribbean tour begins with the T20I series on January 22.
Barbados is set to play host to all the five T20Is, which are due to be completed within one week. After finishing the T20I series, the teams will play three Tests that will be part of the ICC Test Championship Cycle 2021-23. The three Tests will begin after a gap of one month. This news comes as a shot in the arm for team England, who will be on the road with cricketing commitments for close to four months.
The Richards-Botham Test matches will begin on March 8 in Antigua. The other two games will be played in Barbados and Grenda on 16-20 and 24-28 respectively. Currently, England have the trophy on account of their 2-1 Test series victory in 2020.
England will also get to play a warm-up game ahead of the Test matches, and that should give them a better time to acclimatize to the conditions. The warm-up game begins on March 1.
“We are delighted to be able to confirm the venues for this extended West Indies vs England T20I and Test Series. The history and rivalry between the two teams creates great anticipation for fans here in the Caribbean and around the world. These fixtures are part of a bumper year of international home cricket running from January to August in the Caribbean.” Johny Grave, the CWI CEO, said according to Cricbuzz.