Joe Root v Stuart Broad kicks off cricket bonanza in summer to savour | Vic Marks

England heavyweights face each other at start of unique season that includes the World Cup and Ashes on home soil

Summer’s lease hath all too short a date. Who can argue with Warwickshire’s old stalwart in advance of the 2019 cricket season? This is a summer that has all cricket fans salivating and it will be gone before they know it. It is one to savour, especially since it is accompanied by the grim knowledge that summers will never be the same again.

The 2019 international schedule for the men’s game has been well rehearsed: a World Cup, during which there will be a match (or two) on your screens (if you are among the minority with the appropriate viewing card) every day between 30 May and 6 July, after which come the semi-finals at Old Trafford and Edgbaston and the final at Lord’s on 14 July. England, despite frailties in the bowling department, have never been so strongly fancied to win the trophy. So failure to secure a semi-final place would constitute a grave disappointment while victory should galvanise the game in this country.

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