England play seven Test matches each summer against two touring sides. ODI series and Twenty20 internationals also take place against each touring team.

In 2017, England host the Champions Trophy plus tours by South Africa and the West Indies.

England’s Test cricket grounds

Rather than having a small number of grounds for Test cricket, as Australia does, England has a larger number and awards Tests after a bidding process. As the criteria are heavily weighted towards financial returns, this has a knock-on effect on ticket prices, as grounds awarded a Test need to recoup their losses.

Another downside of this system is that the money that the ECB earns from ticket sales is ploughed back into a greater number of grounds. With only a proportion being used for international cricket in a given summer, this money is effectively wasted. English grounds are thus smaller than Australian ones and ticket prices much higher.

The full list of England’s Test cricket grounds is as follows: