Cricket in September 2014: Schedules and Previews for Every International Series
After an extremely hectic schedule in August, the international cricket calendar slows somewhat in September as major teams begin their preparations for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Indeed, after gruelling stretches, Sri Lanka and Pakistan will enjoy time away from the coalface, while England, India, South Africa and Australia will only compete in the opening week of the month.
Contributing to the scarcity of cricket at the international level in September is the approaching Champions League Twenty20 that is set to commence next week.
Across the following slides, we take a glimpse at the action set to unfold over the next 30 days.
England vs. India ODI Series
|Sep. 2||England vs. India 4th ODI||Birmingham|
|Sep. 5||England vs. India 5th ODI||Leeds|
With victory in the fourth match of the series on Tuesday, India have cruised to an unassailable 3-0 lead over England in their one-day international campaign.
Having rebounded from their dreadful Test series annihilation, MS Dhoni's men have looked far more at ease with the bat against the white ball, seeing Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu steer the visitors into a position of dominance.
Under Alastair Cook, England's methods have appeared extremely dated in the 50-over format, particularly when you consider the lack of firepower at the top of the team's lineup.
When the series concludes in Leeds, England, on Friday, India should comfortably claim a 4-0 series triumph.
Zimbabwe Triangular Series
|Sep. 2||Australia vs. South Africa||Harare|
|Sep. 4||Zimbabwe v South Africa||Harare|
|Sep. 6||Final: Australia vs. TBC||Harare|
Despite suffering a shock loss to Zimbabwe on Sunday, Australia quickly recovered to secure victory over South Africa on Tuesday, booking their place in the final of the Zimbabwe Triangular Series.
Led by a brutal innings from all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, Australia waltzed to an easy win despite Faf du Plessis' 126, dismissing the Proteas for just 220 after setting a total of 282-7.
Such fluctuations in form are to be expected from Darren Lehmann's chargers, given the extremely lengthy layoff many of the side have enjoyed since March.
Also still without captain Michael Clarke, and missing Shane Watson and David Warner as well, the Australians will need their somewhat makeshift batting lineup to fire once more when they meet AB de Villers and Co. in the final, assuming South Africa overcome the hosts on Thursday.
West Indies vs. Bangladesh Test Series
|Sep. 5-9||West Indies vs. Bangladesh 1st Test||Kingstown|
|Sep. 13-17||West Indies vs. Bangladesh 2nd Test||Gros Islet|
Enduring a miserable year in 2014, Bangladesh were easily swept aside by the West Indies in the recent limited-overs contests preceding the impending Test series.
Without Shakib Al Hasan and in the midst of a collective batting slump, Mushfiqur Rahim's men sunk so low in the second one-day international in Grenada that they were dismissed for just 70 as only Tamim Iqbal reached double figures.
Now, with the Test series ready to commence, it's difficult to see how Bangladesh can flip the script.
Lacking a dependable accumulator in the middle order and set to be without spinner Sohag Gazi, the visitors are inferior to the home side in every department.
And with Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo enjoying success against New Zealand recently, the West Indies' batting lineup should overwhelm Bangladesh, considering Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul will also be involved.
England vs. India T20I
|Sep. 7||England vs. India Only T201||Birmingham|
Once the ongoing one-day international series between England and India concludes, the teams will take part in a solitary Twenty20 encounter at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, on Sunday.
Having utilised a vastly different lineup at this year's ICC World Twenty20 than the 50-over outfit currently in operation, the home side will definitely make sweeping changes after announcing a 14-man squad for the clash last week.
Eoin Morgan will lead the side, Jason Roy will hope to make his England debut, Ravi Bopara will likely be recalled and Jos Buttler may be moved up the order to change the dynamic of England's XI.
Whether those changes will be enough to overcome an Indian side perfectly suited to the game's shortest format is questionable, though.
Ireland vs. Scotland ODI Series
|Sep. 8||Ireland vs. Scotland 1st ODI||Dublin|
|Sep. 10||Ireland vs. Scotland 2nd ODI||Dublin|
|Sep. 12||Ireland vs. Scotland 3rd ODI||Dublin|
Ireland have a strong history when facing other ICC Associates, having won 32 of their 43 one-day internationals against other teams without Full Member status.
This time last year, Ireland defeated Scotland in consecutive 50-over clashes in Belfast, Ireland, the second of which was a seven-wicket victory.
When the teams meet again in Dublin next week, Kevin O'Brien's side will be favoured to overcome the Scots over three contests, particularly with veteran seamer John Mooney returning to the squad.