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The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that the fifth Test between England and India, which was earlier postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, will now be played on July 2022. This match was earlier scheduled to take place in Old Trafford, Manchester, in August this year.
“The fifth match of the LV= Insurance Test Series between England Men and India Men has been rescheduled and will now take place in July 2022,” ECB said in a statement.
The Test match will be a continuation of the riveting last series where India were leading 2-1 in the four completed matches. Now that India have accommodated the unfinished series to be piggybacked with their white-ball tour of England, the rest of the matches will be forced to shift. In the new schedule, the white ball series has been pushed back by six days. The T20I series will start on 7 July and the ODI series will start on 12 July.
Earlier, the teams were forced to postpone the series due to rising COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp, with the entire Indian support staff being isolated. There was a lack of clarity around how the final Test is going to be played or if it will be played at all. Several suggestions were floated in the air like, playing a solitary Test match or playing one game as a continuation of the series. However, it seems that both boards have reached a consensus keeping the players' health in mind.