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England in the Commonwealth Games: Schedule, team news, how to watch

After a 24-year wait, cricket is back in the Commonwealth Games!

The 1998 games in Kuala Lumpur included a men’s 50-over competition but Birmingham 2022 sees T20 cricket and the women’s game involved for the very first time.

There is nowhere in England better to watch cricket than our spiritual home Edgbaston, which will host all 16 matches as eight of the world’s top sides compete for the gold medal.

It should be essential viewing for all cricket fans and with that in mind, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about the competition and how to watch…

The teams 

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England are one of eight teams involved in the tournament. The hosts play in Group B alongside New Zealand, South Africa, and Sri Lanka while Group A is made up of Australia, Barbados, India, and Pakistan.

The hosts qualified automatically along with six of the highest placed teams in the ICC rankings, with Barbados chosen as the representative team from the West Indies after winning the most recent Twenty20 Blaze.

Sri Lanka qualified after beating Bangladesh in the final of the five-team Commonwealth Games Cricket Qualifier back in January.

There’s no shortage of big-name players involved, particularly in Heather Knight’s squad which is packed full of talent.

The full England squad is: Heather Knight (c), Maia Bouchier, Katherine Brunt, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Amy Jones, Freya Kemp, Nat Sciver, Bryony Smith, Issy Wong, and Danni Wyatt.

How it works 

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As mentioned above, the eight teams are split into two groups of four. They will play each side in their group once with the top two in each group reaching the semi-finals and the bottom two eliminated.

The winners of each semi-final will progress through to the final to decide who wins gold while the two losing semi-finalists will battle it out for bronze.

Schedule 

The tournament got underway yesterday (Friday 29/07) and will conclude on the weekend of the 6th and 7th of August.

Both semi-finals will be played on Saturday 6th August (11am start and 6pm start) with the bronze medal match (10am start) and final (5pm start) on Sunday 7th August.

England’s full schedule is as follows:

Saturday 30th July – England v Sri Lanka (6pm)

Tuesday 2nd August – England v South Africa (11am)

Thursday 4th August – England v New Zealand (6pm)

How to watch 

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As with the rest of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, every single match will be free to watch via the BBC.

The best way to do that is through the BBC Sport Live Guide.