England to host Australia for white-ball series

Three T20Is and three ODIs are planned

Steve Smith Australia vs England World Cup 2019

England will face Australia for a series of international white-ball matches in September.

The ECB has confirmed the behind-closed-doors fixtures at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl and Lancashire’s Old Trafford.

The clashes will consist of three T20Is and three ODIs to end the international summer of men’s cricket.

The Australian squad will arrive in the UK on August 24, travelling to Derbyshire’s The Incora County Ground before transferring to The Ageas Bowl after England’s third Test match against Pakistan on August 27.

Australia will play a 50-over intra-squad practice game and three T20 practice matches before the start of the three-match Vitality T20I series against England from September 4 at The Ageas Bowl.

The Southampton venue will host all three Vitality T20Is, including the second and third fixtures on Sunday 6 September and Tuesday 8 September.

The three ODIs will take place at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 11 September, Sunday 13 September and Wednesday 16 September. The three ODIs will also form part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.

Rivalry is “Pinnacle of Sporting Competition”

ECB Chief Executive Officer, 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.

“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.”

Cricket Australia interim Chief Executive Officer, Nick Hockley, added: “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.

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