Ireland are to return to Lords Cricket Ground, the spiritual home of the sport, for their first ever Full Test Match against England in July 2019.
The four-day Test was confirmed by the England and Wales Cricket Board yesterday and will be played at Lord’s Cricket Ground from 24-27 July 2019.
It has also been confirmed that the Test match will be preceded by a one-day international between the two sides in Ireland on 3 May 2019.
Ireland played two sold out T20 Internationals against India last month, with the games broadcast around the world and generating substantial revenue for the sport.
“Coming soon after our competitive inaugural men’s Test against Pakistan in May, the confirmation of this news is incredibly exciting for Irish players and fans alike, and further demonstrates the growing status of Ireland as a front-line nation in the world game,” said Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland.
“In 2017 we played in front of a 25,000-strong crowd at Lord’s in a one-day international, which was a special day for Irish cricket. To return to the world’s most famous cricket ground only two years later to play our first Test against England will be a truly remarkable occasion and a reward for the many people on and off the field that have driven Irish cricket forward over recent decades.”
“When we set our sights on Test status it was games like this that we envisioned, and we have always believed that our passionate, sport-loving island can play its part in expanding cricket’s global reach.”
“We would like to acknowledge the support of the ECB in making this happen. Not only have they found the space in an incredibly busy international schedule in 2019, but this will be the first time that the England cricket team will play an official four-day Test. To this end, I would like to acknowledge the great support of ECB Chairman Colin Graves and CEO Tom Harrison in helping to make this happen.”
“We fully supported the ICC’s decision to award Full Membership to Cricket Ireland and we expect next summer’s inaugural Test Match at Lord’s against our neighbours to be an historic celebration for all Irish cricket fans, added Harrison.”
“It will also provide excellent Ashes preparation for England against an Irish team whose impressive performance against Pakistan earlier this year showed they can compete strongly in this form of the game.”