Australia’s limited-overs tour of England – comprising three T20Is and three ODIs – will take place in September, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed.
This tour was initially slated to take place in July, but that wasn’t possible due to the spread of coronavirus all over the world. With England successfully hosting West Indies and now Pakistan, the two boards have come to the consensus on having the tour in September.
The T20Is will be played on September 4, 6 and 8 followed by the three ODIs on September 11, 13 and 16.
As per the UK government’s guidelines, Australia are one of the countries from where you can travel to UK and not have any quarantine period on arrival.
Australia’s squad is expected to reach the UK on August 24. They will touch down in Derbyshire before heading to the venue of the T20I series – Southampton – on August 27. They will play an intra-squad 50-over practice game and three such T20 practice matches.
Head coach Justin Langer lauded the physical condition in which the players have returned following such a lengthy hiatus, and reckoned the eagerness to get back on the field with an eye on the upcoming big assignments.
Along with the confirmation of the tour, Cricket Australia has also named a 21-man squad, which includes the uncapped trio of Daniel Sams, Riley Meredith and Josh Philippe. In anticipation of the tour in July, CA had previously picked a preliminary squad of 26, from which the 21 have now been selected – leaving out the likes of Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Ben McDermott, Michael Nesser and D’Arcy Short.
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), 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
The England squad will be announced very shortly.