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46 SPORT FRIDAY MARCH 26 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 England's Jonny Bairstow plays a shot during the first ODI against India in Pune earlier this week. Picture: Punit Paranjpe/AFP ENGLAND could be forced to field two mens teams at the same time after announcing match dates for their 2022 tour of the West Indies that could overlap with their Ashes tour to Australia. The England and Wales Cricket Board announced it had agreed to increase the Test series from two matches to three, with the Twenty20 international leg of the tour expanded into a five-game series from the original three. The T20 games are scheduled to take place between January 28 and February 5. That puts the fixtures on a potential collision course with the Ashes Tests in Australia, with the showpiece series set to last well into January due to quarantine issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic. A three-Test series in the Caribbean will follow the T20 matches, with a lucrative additional fixture a goodwill gesture towards Cricket West Indies, which sent mens and womens teams to England last year during the pandemic. SCHEDULE HEADACHE FOR POMS Cam head of pack Ton for Bancroft despite knock CAMERON Bancroft shrugged off a pre-game head knock and some disciplined Victorian bowling to post his third century of the Marsh Sheffield Shield season at the WACA Ground. With both Western Australia and the Vics desperate for a win to remain in the hunt for a berth in the Shield final, Bancroft stroked a gritty 113 after his side was sent in on the first day yesterday. That had come despite teammate Cameron Gannon accidentally hitting the 28year-old in the jaw during WAs warm-up, though Bancroft was passed fit to play the four-day game that shapes as a must-win for both teams. We played a game in our warm-up and Cameron got very excited, dived for a ball and his forearms came blazing across my jaw, Bancroft said. I was a bit rattled. Ive been a bit sore chewing my food so Ive been on the liquids it feels like having my wisdom teeth out. But it was all fine I felt good enough to bat out there today. WA had slumped to 5-114 during the second session but Victoria could not find a way through the defences of Bancroft, who finally found an ally in impressive wicketkeeper batter Josh Inglis (88 not out) as the right-handed duo put on an 87-run sixth-wicket partnership. Spinner Jon Holland (2-88) had surprisingly proved the major threat with the ball on an opening-day pitch that offered turn, but Bancroft moved from 91 to 101 with a six and a four in the space of three balls from the left-armer to reach his 17th first-class hun dred. James Pattinson (0-53) did not take a wicket but held onto a diving catch running in off the square-leg boundary to dismiss Bancroft for 113, with 10 fours and a pair of sixes coming off his 228 balls. No.8 Joel Paris (46 not out) then put WAs top-order to shame, facing 82 balls (more than any of his fellow batters aside from Bancroft and Inglis) without being dismissed, including a testing period late in the day against the second new ball, to see WA reach 6-287 at stumps. LOUIS CAMERON Long Perry wait finally at an end ELLYSE Perry has been such a permanent part of the Australian team since she made her international debut as a teenager that its hard to believe she hasnt played for her country for 12 months. Its not a time out of national colours the superstar allrounder, who will return when the T20 series against New Zealand starts on Sunday, ever wants to go through again. Perry last played for Australia during the T20 World Cup last year, before a hamstring injury cruelly ended her campaign, and she missed Australias historic win at the MCG. The injury was so serious she couldnt get back in time for the series against the Kiwis last October, when the Aussies equalled a world record of consecutive one-day wins. Sri Lanka sets tough Test target PATHUM Nissankas hundred on debut and Niroshan Dickwellas pugnacious 96 solidified Sri Lankas outstanding second-innings rearguard with a total of 476 that left the West Indies with the challenging victory target of 375 on the fourth day of the first Test. Notwithstanding their remarkable successful chase of 395 on the last day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Chattogram six weeks earlier, the hosts face a daunting task at 1-34 overnight heading into the final day. 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