England to play 13 ODIs ahead of World Cup title defense in October and November
England’s preparation for their 50-year World Cup title defense in India in October and November is intensifying in South Africa over the next week.
Jos Buttler’s side will face Proteas in Bloemfontein on January 27 and 29, then at the Kimberley on February 1, with each match being broadcast live. sky sports.
England have just 13 one-day internationals before the World Cup, with the South African series to be followed by three games in Bangladesh in March.
Buttler’s men will next play four ODIs against New Zealand – the side they beat in the boundary count to win the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s – and three against Ireland in September.
Then it will be time for the World Cup, live on sky sports in autumn.
England’s ODI ahead of the 2023 World Cup (all times GMT)
ODI series v South Africa – live on Sky Sports
Friday January 27 – First ODI, Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein (11am) – live on Sky Sports from 10.30am
Sunday January 29 – Second ODI, Mangaung Oval, Bloemfontein (8h) – live on Sky Sports from 7.30am
Wednesday, February 1 – Third ODI, The Oval, Kimberley, (11am) – live on Sky Sports from 10.30am
England ODI team in South Africa
Jos Buttler (captain and wicketkeeper), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Dawid Malan. Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes
South Africa ODI squad for the English series
Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen
ODI series against Bangladesh
Wednesday March 1 – Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur (6:00 am)
Friday March 3 – Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur (6:00 am)
Monday, March 6 – Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong (6am)
ODI Series vs New Zealand – live on Sky Sports
friday september 8 – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (12.30pm)
Sunday September 10 – The Ageas Bowl, Southampton (11am)
Wednesday September 13 – The Kia Oval, London (12:30 p.m.)
friday september 15 – Lord’s, London (12:30 p.m.)
ODI Series vs Ireland – live on Sky Sports
Wednesday, September 20 – Headingley, Leeds (12.30pm)
Saturday September 23 – Trent Bridge, Nottingham (11am)
tuesday september 26 – Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol (12.30pm)
Buttler: Bangladesh series will be vital ahead of World Cup
Speaking ahead of the South African series, Buttler said sky sports“We don’t have a lot of games before the World Cup, so they’re all crucial to try to define certain positions and give people some confidence in role clarity.
“We have a good idea of the team we want to take to the World Cup, but there is competition for places and people pushing and that motivates people and standards. We have a lot of options and over the next six months, it’s up to us to spell out what that looks like.
“There are challenges around scheduling and player availability where you can’t develop like you did four years ago – I think we played 70 ODIs or something before the last World Cup, but now there have been fewer games and less time together.
“That’s how it is, there’s no reason for it to affect our performance. The series in Bangladesh will be vital, probably the only real chance we’ll have to experience the conditions we might encounter at the World Cup in India.”
Watch England’s three-game ODI series in South Africa live on Sky Sports Cricket. Coverage of the first game, in Bloemfontein, begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday before the first ball at 11 a.m.
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