2019 may be a Cricket World Cup year, but while all eyes will be fixed on the action across England & Wales for six weeks from May to July, there are still many great Test and ODI series to look out for in the upcoming year.
Here we pinpoint the five key series to look out for in 2019:
England in the West Indies (January – March)
English Cricket will kick off their World Cup year with a tour of the West Indies, flying out to Barbados for the first Test in January before follow up tests in Antigua and St. Lucia.
Following the three-Test series, a series of five ODIs will follow, before three Twenty 20 Internationals conclude the tour in March.
England start as slight odds-on favourites across weekend accumulator tips for each Test match, whilst they’re fancied at 1/8 to win the ODI series and 2/5 to win the T20 series.
Sri Lanka in Australia (January – February)
Australia will start their year by welcoming Sri Lanka for two Test matches in January and February, looking to put their annus horribilis of 2018 behind them.
Aside from the ball-tampering scandal that rocked cricket, the Baggy Greens suffered a real slide in form that has their ranking slip across all formats of the game. They get the chance to reverse their fortunes when the Sri Lankans arrive in Brisbane for the first Test in January, followed by the second in Canberra in early February.
India in New Zealand (January – February)
The world’s number one ranked Test side will host New Zealand to kick off their 2019, but this series will not offer India any opportunity to improve their Test ranking.
Fresh of a tour of Australia in December, India will instead play the New Zealanders across five ODIs and three Twenty 20 matches.
England, West Indies, Bangladesh & Afghanistan in Ireland (May)
With almost everyone in the British Isles for the World Cup commencing on May 31st, teams from the southern hemisphere get a chance to acclimatise earlier in May during a series of one day matches, including an ODI tri-series.
England will play Ireland in Malahide on May 3rd, before the Windies, Bangladesh and Ireland take part in a round robin with a final on May 17th. Ireland will then finish the series with two one-dayers against Afghanistan on the 19th and 21st.
The 2019 Ashes (August – September)
2019 is also of course an Ashes year, but with the World Cup set to be staged in England earlier in the summer, this edition of the biennial rivalry will take place a little later in the year than it is traditionally held.
The 2019 Ashes series will be played in England from the 1st August to the 16th September, with the hosts looking to regain the urn after suffering a 4-0 hammering on their last trip Down Under.
But England will be favourites; as well as their ODI side being installed as early favourites for the Cricket World Cup (available a best-priced 11/4 with Ladbrokes at the time of writing) Joe Root’s Test side are odds-on with many bookmakers to regain the Ashes from their bitter rivals.