India and Sri Lanka on the way for Headingley encounters

HEADINGLEY will host next year’s second Test between England and Sri Lanka and the final one-day international against India.

The Test starts on Friday, June 20 and the one-dayer on Friday, September 5.

“We are delighted to be staging a key match in the one-day series,” said Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur.

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“The venue is guaranteed international cricket every year until at least 2019 and to be in a position to welcome India, the current ICC World Champions, playing against a strong England side will be very exciting.

“International cricket is vital in our development as a world-class venue.

“This week’s international between England and Australia has been sold out for many weeks and we expect the demand for next year’s match to be just as fervent.”

Ahead of Friday’s encounter in Leeds, Irishman Eoin Morgan will captain England against his homeland today.

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England have been criticised for sending a weakened squad to Dublin for the RSA Challenge one-day international against Ireland.

Fast bowler Steven Finn is the only member of the England party to have travelled for the 10,000 sell-out contest at Malahide who featured in the recent Ashes series against Australia.

The presence of Morgan and possible debutant Boyd Rankin – both former Ireland internationals – in the squad is also a strong reminder of the lure England, with their Test status, have over the best Irish players.

But Morgan, also a former player at host club Malahide, believes it is unfair to say English cricket does not support the Irish game.

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He said: “Having played against England in an Ireland shirt, I didn’t feel that way at all, and having come back here and played Ireland a couple of years ago, I didn’t get that feeling.

“I have been involved in the England set-up since I was very young.

“Even when I was still playing for Ireland, I was playing for the south of England under-17s, under-19s, the Middlesex Academy and, from there, the Lions.

“They have always been helpful to me. I know Boyd feels the same way.”

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Today’s match has been labelled as the biggest in Irish cricket history, certainly on home soil, and the public seem to have welcomed it.

Morgan insists the England squad’s selection has not cheated the fans.

Morgan, leading the side in the absence of rested regular captain Alastair Cook, said: “I think we have brought a strong side, a young and very talented side.

“It is very exciting for us to come across here and give these guys opportunities to go and flourish in a game like this. We will certainly not take Ireland for granted.”

Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance is expected to play today when Joe Root will be among those rested.