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England turn back time with rare international double – as they prepare to face New Zealand in Leeds

England turn back time with a rare international double – as they start the third Test against New Zealand in Leeds, just one DAY after beating the Netherlands in an ODI in Amsterdam

  • England turn back time and make two caps in different countries on consecutive days for the first time in 92 years on Thursday
  • The third Test against New Zealand at Headingley in Leeds starts Thursday
  • It starts just a day after England’s one-day side defeated the Netherlands in Amsterdam

England will today play two international matches in different countries on consecutive days for the first time in 92 years – and they have the prospect of a repeat next winter.

The third Test against New Zealand in Leeds follows Wednesday’s one-day final in Amsterdam, showing how saturated the calendar has become.

England last experienced this in January 1930 when they sent two teams to different parts of the world and tests were played simultaneously against New Zealand in Christchurch from January 10, and the West Indies in Barbados from the following day.

England will make two consecutive caps in different countries on Thursday for the first time in 92 years - and they have the prospect of a repeat next winter

England will make two consecutive caps in different countries on Thursday for the first time in 92 years – and they have the prospect of a repeat next winter

Jason Roy (center) hit a ton to help the one-day squad beat Holland in Amsterdam on Wednesday

Jason Roy (center) hit a ton to help the one-day squad beat Holland in Amsterdam on Wednesday

But the modern headache of cramming series into the span of 10 months, avoiding a clash with the almighty Indian Premier League, means two separate sides will be back to work within 24 hours by early 2023.

The second test in New Zealand in February will begin on the same day that an England XI has its first warm-up match in Bangladesh.

The aim is to finish the day before the first one-day match against Bangladesh on 1 March.

The English test team will start their third test against New Zealand in Leeds on Thursday

The English test team will start their third test against New Zealand in Leeds on Thursday

England played back-to-back games in 2020, when separate squads were needed due to Covid, and a 50-over defeat by Ireland in Southampton preceded a compelling Test match win over Pakistan in Manchester.

And five months ago, an England squad landed in the Caribbean for five T20 matches while the fifth Ashes Test was underway in Hobart.

Australia successfully solved a similar problem in 2017. Their white-ball team defeated Sri Lanka in a T20 in Adelaide on February 22, ahead of a test win over India in Pune, which started the following day.

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