Cricket in 2022 - The Year Ahead

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England Men

England’s men have a busy 2022 with series against Australia, West Indies, New Zealand, India, South Africa, the Netherlands and Pakistan across all formats, plus another shot at T20 World Cup glory at the end of the year.

Not long after the Ashes, Joe Root’s Test team head for a March series in the West Indies and then a home clash with reigning world champions New Zealand.

Eoin Morgan and co would have been desperately disappointed to fall at the semi-final stage of the T20 World Cup in the UAE in November just gone, especially being the favourites pick for many. But they get an immediate chance for redemption when Australia hosts the second of back-to-back events through October and November.

England Women

It is an even bigger year for England’s women, who could claim what you could describe as cricket’s triple crown by winning the Ashes Down Under, the one-day World Cup in New Zealand added to success when the Commonwealth Games hosts cricket for the first time this summer.

Heather Knight’s side are defending World Cup champions, a competition which follows hot on the heels of the New Year Ashes.

The Rest

New Zealand’s World Test Championship success last summer was one of the most popular cricketing stories of 2021, and the new cycle of that competition is in full swing.

Can India bounce back from their Southampton final defeat or can Australia build on a rapid start to the Ashes to tussle with their trans-Tasman rivals?

The main limited overs international event of 2022 comes in the form of the T20 World Cup in Australia in October and November.

As far as England fans are concerned, one neutral tour stands out like a sore thumb on the international calendar. That is Australia’s first trip to Pakistan since 1998. Justin Langer and co will play three Tests from early March, as many one-day internationals and a solitary T20.

With all the domestic short-form leagues around the world, it is not a million miles away from cricket 24/7 nowadays.

Whether it’s England Vitality Blast or the Hundred or the Indian Premier League or the Big Bash, there is plenty of action to get stuck into it.

Aside from the big four events, there is immense quality and entertainment on show in the Pakistan Super League, the Caribbean Premier League, New Zealand’s Super Smash and the (Sri) Lanka Premier League to name but a few.

Even the Abu Dhabi T10 League, which will be into its sixth season in 2022, is fast becoming one of the domestic scene’s most enjoyable events.

Sixes and wickets galore, what’s not to love!