England summer schedule revealed

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The ECB announced the Major Match schedule for summer 2012 which will see England host tours by West Indies, Australia and South Africa - and Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium stage the Friends Life t20 Finals day.

West Indies kick off the international programme with a three-match Test series against England, which sees matches staged at Lord's, Trent Bridge and Edgbaston, followed by a three-match NatWest Series and a NatWest International T20.

Australia, currently the world's number-one ranked ODI side, then take on their hosts in a five-match NatWest Series before the five-day game resumes with Andrew Strauss's side taking on South Africa in Test matches at The Kia Oval, Headingley Carnegie and Lord's.

England round off their summer with a one-day international against Scotland in August followed by a five-match NatWest Series and three NatWest International T20 matches against South Africa.

On the domestic front, Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium hosts the Friends Life t20 Finals day for the first time in the history of the competition, with Lord's again playing host to the final of the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.

West Indies in UK 2012

May 2

West Indies arrive

May 5-7

Three-day match v Sussex

PROBIZ County Ground

May 10-13

Four-day match v England Lions

Wantage Road, Northampton

May 17-21

1st Investec Test

Lord's

May 25-29

2nd Investec Test

Trent Bridge

June 2-3

Two-day match v Leicestershire

Grace Road

June 7-11

3rd Investec Test

Edgbaston

June 13

50-over match v Middlesex

Lord's

June 16

1st NatWest ODI

The Ageas Bowl

June 19

2nd NatWest ODI (was originally D/N - now changed to 10.45am start)

Kia Oval

June 22

3rd NatWest ODI

Headingley Carnegie

June 24

NatWest International T20

Trent Bridge

June 25

West Indies depart

Australia in UK 2012

June 17

Australia arrive

June 21

50-over match v Leicestershire

Grace Road

June 23

ODI v Ireland

Stormont

June 26

50-over match v Essex (D/N)

Chelmsford

June 29

1st NatWest ODI

Lord’s

July 1

2nd NatWest ODI

Kia Oval

July 4

3rd NatWest ODI (D/N)

Edgbaston

July 7

4th NatWest ODI

Emirates Durham ICG

July 10

5th NatWest ODI (D/N)

Old Trafford

July 11

Australia team departs

South Africa in UK 2012

July 5/6

South Africa arrive

July 9-10

Two-day match v Somerset

Taunton

July 13-15

Three-day match v Kent

Canterbury

July 19-23

1st Investec Test

Kia Oval

July 27-28

Two-day match v Worcestershire

New Road

Aug 2-6

2nd Investec Test

Headingley Carnegie

Aug 10-11

Two-day match v Derbyshire

Derby

Aug 16-20

3rd Investec Test

Lord's

Aug 22

50-over match v Gloucestershire

Bristol

Aug 24

1st NatWest ODI

SWALEC Stadium

Aug 28

2nd NatWest ODI (D/N)

The Ageas Bowl

Aug 31

3rd NatWest ODI (D/N)

Kia Oval

Sept 2

4th NatWest ODI

Lord’s

Sept 5

5th NatWest ODI (D/N)

Trent Bridge

Sept 8

1st NatWest T20

Emirates Durham ICG

Sept 10

2nd NatWest T20 (F)

Old Trafford

Sept 12

3rd NatWest T20 (F)

Edgbaston

Sept 13

South Africa team departs for ICC World T20

August 12 - Scotland v England, Citylets Grange

Major domestic finals

August 25: Friends Life t20 finals day, SWALEC Stadium
Sept 15: Clydesdale Bank 40 final, Lord’s

Key
D/N: Day/night match
F: Full match played under floodlights

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