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England to begin test series in India at new venue Rajkot

Coastal city Vishakapatnam will host the second test from November 17. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters New Delhi, India Jul 15, 2016, 02.50 PM (IST)
England will embark on their lengthy tour of India later this year with Rajkot hosting the first of the five test matches from November 9, the cricket boards announced today.

Rajkot will be making its debut as a test venue in the series, as will be coastal Vishakapatnam, which hosts the second test from November 17.

Mohali, Mumbai and Chennai will host the remaining matches of what will be England's first five-test rubber in India since 1984-85.

Beginning on January 15, England will also play three one-dayers and as many Twenty20 Internationals.

"This promises to be a historic test series and a great opportunity for Alastair Cook and his players to repeat the memorable test series win we enjoyed on our last trip to India in 2012," Andrew Strauss, director of England Cricket, said in a statement.

"Equally, Eoin Morgan's white-ball squad will be anticipating hard-fought and competitive encounters against high quality opposition in both formats." he added.

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