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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 February 2019

Beaten India to face New Zealand in World Cup warm-up game

ICC says every team contesting in flagship tournament will get to play two unofficial matches

New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult celebrates taking the wicket of India's Shubman Gill in Hamilton on Thursday. Phil Walter / Getty Images
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult celebrates taking the wicket of India's Shubman Gill in Hamilton on Thursday. Phil Walter / Getty Images

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday announced official warm-up fixtures to be played in the lead-up to the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.

All 10 competing nations will play two official warm-up fixtures ahead of the tournament, which will take place at four venues across England and Wales. Ticketing and broadcast information will be released in April.

The fixtures will be held over five days from May 24-28 in Bristol, Cardiff, Southampton and London, and include high-profile clashes such as England v Australia. India will take on New Zealand, whom they lost to earlier on Thursday, in one of their fixtures.

As per previous ICC tournaments, warm-up fixtures will be 50 overs per side, but will not carry official ODI status, as teams can field all members of their 15-man squad during the match.

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