Ireland will play Essex in a three-day warm-up match ahead of the Test match at Lord’s next summer.
The game at Chelmsford has been confirmed for May 26-28 with the four-day Test match against England starting on June 1.
It will be the first time Ireland will have played in Essex since 2006 when the county won a C & G Trophy game by eight wickets with future England captains Alistair Cook scoring 91 not out in a eight wickets victory and a 19-year-old Eoin Morgan hitting 34 off 64 balls for Ireland. Andre Botha was top scorer with 64 in Ireland’s 192 all out.
With no confirmation of any three-day interpro games next season, the Chelmsford game could be Ireland’s only red-ball action ahead of Ireland’s second Test match against England, the last in July 2019.
Since then it has been exclusively white-ball cricket for the Ireland team but they are set to make up for that next year with Test matches to be confirmed against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in April and also in Zimbabwe in December.