The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the schedule for the limited-overs series against Australia. The series was initially scheduled in July but has to be postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak.
With the postponement of T20 World Cup 2020 by ICC, the window opened up for both cricket boards to schedule the series. Now the limited overs series will be played in first half of September.After the limited overs series players from Australia and England will join the Indian Premier League 2020 in the UAE which will commence from September 19.
The complete schedule for Australia’s tour to England is as follows:
- 1st IT20 v Australia: Friday 4 September at The Ageas Bowl (6pm start)
- 2nd IT20 v Australia: Sunday 6 September The Ageas Bowl (2pm start)
- 3rd IT20 v Australia: Tuesday 8 September The Ageas Bowl (6pm start)
Royal London Series
- 1st ODI v Australia: Friday 11 September at Emirates Old Trafford (1pm start)
- 2nd ODI v Australia: Sunday 13 September at Emirates Old Trafford (1pm start)
- 3rd ODI v Australia: Wednesday 16 September at Emirates Old Trafford (1pm start)
While announcing the schedule for Australia tour, ECB CEO – Tom Harrison said:
“We owe a significant debt of gratitude to the players, staff and administrators of Cricket Australia for their efforts in getting this tour underway. Their co-operation to ensure these matches are staged is crucial to cricket in this country. It will also provide much-needed financial aid at all levels of cricket in England and Wales as we work through the challenges in front of us.”
“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.”
On the other hand, Cricket Australia interim CEO – Nick Hockley said:
“We are very excited to be heading to England and to get back into the international fray. We congratulate the ECB on leading the resumption of the game in a way that places the health and safety of players and staff at its core.”
Adding further, Hockley said :”We would also like to thank the Australian Government for granting travel exemptions for the Australian men’s team, as well as all those who have worked tirelessly to put together a plan that allows for the tour to progress in a bio-secure way.”
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