The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed that Australia will tour to the United Kindom (UK) for three T20Is and as many ODI’s at the end of August. The teams will face each other in a limited-overs series in Manchester and Southampton and will be kept in a biosecure environment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This series clashes with the IPL and the players participating will reportedly miss the first week of the IPL which is set to commence on September 19th.
The Australian team will arrive in the UK on the 24th of August. Australians will be led in the series by Aaron Finch and will feature in an international match for the first time after March 2020 when they last played against New Zealand.
T20 series to start on September 4, ODI on September 11
Team Australia will be reaching England exactly after nine days where they will be playing one 50-over intra-squad practice match and three T20 practice matches before the series begin on September 4 with the T20Is, as confirmed by the ECB.
The ODIs will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester from September 11 and will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. The T20s will commence from September 4 and will be played in Southampton.
The ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison is very happy to have successfully organised the summer series in these rough times of an ongoing pandemic.
“The rivalry between England and Australia is the pinnacle of sporting competition. The Vitality IT20s and Royal London Series will be thrilling contests and a perfect way to culminate the men’s international season in this extraordinary summer.
“I want to congratulate my colleagues at the ECB and the various bio-secure venues working tirelessly in unprecedented circumstances, as we work to ensure that all England men’s international fixtures are fulfilled during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Tom Harrison.
Australia’s squad announced for the tour of England
Cricket Australia has announced a 21 man squad for the series naming three debutants namely Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams and Riley Meredith.
Aaron Finch (capt), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (VC), Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.
Australia’s tour of England Schedule:
T20I series at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
1st T20I – September 4, Friday – 10:30 PM IST
2nd T20I – September 6, Sunday – 6:30 PM IST
3rd T20I – September 8, Tuesday – 10:30 PM IST
ODI series at the Old Trafford, Manchester
1st ODI – September 11, Friday – 5:30 PM IST
2nd ODI – September 13, Sunday – 5:30 PM IST
3rd ODI – September 16 – Wednesday – 5:30 PM IST