India to play warm-up matches at Northamptonshire and Leicestershire before England Test series

The India players celebrate their 2-1 Test series win over Australia
An India side deprived of many of their best players secured a famous 2-1 victory over Australia in the recent Test series down under

India will play warm-up inter-squad matches at Northamptonshire and Leicestershire in July before the five-Test series with England.

Northamptonshire's Wantage Road will host India v India A in a four-day game starting on Wednesday, 21 July.

The game at the Uptonsteel County Ground in Leicester begins on Wednesday, 28 July.

England's tour of India begins in February with the return series in August and September.

"We are really proud to be hosting such a prestigious fixture," Leicestershire chair Mehmooda Duke said.

"It will be a unique opportunity for cricket fans from across the region to see these global stars in action. We expect demand for tickets to be huge."

India beat Australia 2-1 in their most recent Test series, a series victory widely regarded as one of their greatest ever.

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