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England's number one ranking to face ultimate winter test
11:49am Tuesday 22nd May 2012 in International
The England and Wales cricket Board have announced England's winter tour to India will comprise of four Tests, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20s.
England will leave the country on October 25 for a three-day training camp at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai before heading to India four days later, with the first Test set to begin on November 15 in Ahmedabad.
Following further five-day matches in Mumbai, Kolkata and Nagpur, England will then play two T20s in Pune and Mumbai on December 20 and 22 respectively before travelling home for Christmas and returning for the ODIs in the new year.
The first 50-over game begins on January 11 in Rajkot, with all five clashes set to be day-night encounters.
England went top of the Test world rankings as Andrew Strauss led the team to a 4-0 whitewash over the World Cup winners last year.
A similar result appears highly unlikely given England's woes on the subcontinent last winter - they were thrashed 3-0 by Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates before drawing the two-Test series in Sri Lanka.
They will be looking to take some momentum into the winter, however, following home series with West Indies and South Africa.
Managing director, England Cricket, Hugh Morris said: "This will be England's first full tour of India since 2008 and I am sure that cricket fans in both countries will be eagerly anticipating an exciting series of contests in all three formats of the game.
"ECB will also be seeking to finalise an England Performance Programme camp in India before Christmas which will help prepare members of both our Test and T20 squads."