Ireland's three-match series against England later this month has been confirmed by the ECB and Cricket Ireland.

The games, which will form part of the World Cup Super League, will be held at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The ODI's will all be day/night games with a 2pm start, with the first taking place on Thursday July 30th, followed by games on Saturday August 1st and Tuesday August 4th.

They will warm up with a practice match against an as yet unnamed opponent on July 22nd, followed by a clash with England Lions on July 26th.

The games will all be held within the bio-secure venue, with the squad leaving on 18 July from Dublin airport on a special charter flight.

The Irish will stay at a hotel that is within the grounds of the Ageas Bowl until their departure on 5 August.

“It’s a great relief to the squad and coaching staff that the games are able to proceed, and despite the challenges over the last four months, the lads are in good shape and good spirits," said Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie.

(Ireland skipper Andy Balbirnie gives the thumbs up)

"Returning to training was a great first step in the return to cricket, and we have all enjoyed getting back into the nets to brush out the cobwebs.

“However, playing international cricket is a huge honour - and not only do we have that to look forward to now, but we’ll be taking on the World Champions in their own backyard. That is the ultimate challenge – and we’ll be ready.”

The players and support staff will be tested a week before departure, on arrival and regularly during their stay. This testing complements the current regime already in place since the squad resumed training three weeks ago.

The tour schedule

  • 18 July: Squad departs from Dublin for ODI Training Camp
  • 22 July: Practice match
  • 26 July: Ireland v England Lions (warm-up match)
  • 30 July: 1st ODI v England (day/night, starts 2pm)
  • 1 August: 2nd ODI v England (day/night, starts 2pm)
  • 4 August: 3rd ODI v England (day/night, starts 2pm)
  • 5 August: Squads returns to Dublin