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England Women set for first Test match against South Africa for nearly 20 years in busy summer

England Women begin their summer with a first Test match against South Africa since 2003, as well as playing the Proteas in three ODIs and three T20 matches; India also tour for three T20s and three ODIs in September; All matches will be shown live on Sky Sports

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 30: Katherine Brunt of England celebrates with her team after taking the wicket of Meg Lanning of Australia during day four of the Women's Test match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at Manuka Oval on January 30, 2022 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Image: England Women will be in Test action at home this summer when they face South Africa

England Women will host South Africa in a Test match for the first time in almost 20 years in June before ending a busy domestic summer with limited-overs series against India.

The Proteas will tour England from June to July, competing in a multi-format series which will begin with a one-off Test match - South Africa's first four-day fixture since they faced India in 2014.

The last time England and South Africa faced each other in a Test was 2003, when they played two matches, at Shenley and Taunton, with the hosts winning the series 1-0.

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Neil Snowball, ECB Managing Director of County Cricket, says there is a very exciting year of women's cricket to look forward to.

"We are thrilled to be able to announce a compelling summer of international women's cricket against two of the best teams in the world, in what is a bumper year for the women's game," managing director of women's cricket Clare Connor said.

"In particular, we are excited to be taking England Women back to Lord's and up to the Riverside Ground as we continue to take the game to as many fans as possible.

"With the second edition of The Hundred and the historic opportunity to participate in the Commonwealth Games on home soil, we're looking forward to seeing our players thrive on the biggest stages."

This summer's schedule will kick off with the LV= Insurance Test at Taunton beginning on June 27, followed by three Royal London one-day internationals and three Vitality T20is, the last of which is scheduled to take place on July 18.

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England's Nat Sciver (right) in action during the third Vitality IT20 match at The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford. Picture date: Wednesday July 14, 2021.
Image: India tour England again this year in September

After the culmination of the Commonwealth Games and The Hundred, India will visit for a second summer in a row for three T20s and three ODIs, the last of which will be at Lord's on September 24, and all of this summer's matches will be shown live on Sky Sports.

"Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, we keep seeing growth in our female participation numbers," Connor said.

"I'm optimistic that a summer as action-packed as this, with more days broadcast than ever before, will continue to inspire more women and girls to play and watch the game."

England Women's Home Fixtures 2022

Monday, June 27-Thursday, June 30: One-off Test - England v South Africa (Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, 11am start).

Monday, July 11: First ODI - England v South Africa (The County Ground, Northampton, 2pm).

Friday, July 15: Second ODI: England v South Africa (Bristol County Ground, 2pm).

Monday, July 18: Third ODI - England v South Africa (The Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester, 2pm).

Thursday, July 21: First T20 - England v South Africa (The Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford, 7pm).

Saturday, July 23: Second T20 - England v South Africa (New Road, Worcester, 2.30pm)

Monday, July 25: Third T20 - England v South Africa (The Incora County Ground, Derby, 6.30pm)

Saturday, September 10: First T20 - England v India (The Riverside Ground, Durham, 7pm).

Tuesday, September 13: Second T20 - England v India (The Incora County Ground, Derby, 6.30pm).

Thursday, September 15: Third T20 - England v India (Bristol County Ground, 6.30pm).

Sunday, September 18: First ODI - England v India (The 1st Central County Ground, Hove, 11am).

Wednesday, September 21: Second ODI - England v India (The Spitfire Ground, Canterbury, 1pm).

Saturday, September 24: Third ODI - England v India (Lord's, 11am).

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