London - England will host India in a five-match Test series
in 2018, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Tuesday.
The teams will play three Twenty20 matches in July, followed
by three one-day internationals and then Tests at Edgbaston, Lord's, Trent
Bridge, the Rose Bowl and The Oval.
England's schedule for the year also includes meetings with
Pakistan, Australia and Scotland.
"A five-Test series against India is at the heart of
next summer's international programme," said ECB chief executive officer
Tom Harrison in a press release.
"This is always a much-anticipated contest which
attracts a huge following across the globe for the five-day game.
"Test match cricket has a strong, consistent and
passionate following across England and Wales and the seven summer Tests,
starting with the Pakistan matches, are sure to attract good crowds.
"Alongside these, England's white-ball contests against
India, Australia and Scotland will give a fascinating guide to form ahead of
the ICC Cricket World Cup, to be staged here in 2019."
It will be only the second time India, the world's number one
Test side, play a five-Test series in England since 1959.
England's summer will begin in May with two Tests against
Pakistan at Lord's and Headingley.
They have a one-off one-day game against Scotland in
Edinburgh on June 10, followed by five one-day internationals and a T20 match
against Australia later that month.
England schedule 2018
May 24-28: 1st Test, Lord's
June 1-5: 2nd Test, Headingley
June 10: ODI, Edinburgh
June 13: 1st ODI, The Oval
June 16: 2nd ODI, Sophia Gardens
June 19: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge
June 21: 4th ODI, Chester-le-Street
June 24: 5th ODI, Old Trafford
June 27: T20, Edgbaston
July 3: 1st T20, Old Trafford
July 6: 2nd T20, Sophia Gardens
July 8: 3rd T20, County Ground
July 12: 1st ODI, Trent Bridge
July 14: 2nd ODI, Lord's
July 17: 3rd ODI, Headingley
August 1-5: 1st Test, Edgbaston
August 9-13: 2nd Test, Lord's
August 18-22: 3rd Test, Trent Bridge
August 30-September 3: 4th Test, Rose Bowl
September 7-11: 5th Test, The Oval