Australia confirmed on Friday next month’s limited-overs tour of England, boosting the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) bid to navigate past a financial crisis brought by the novel Covid-19
Beginning on September 4, Australia will play three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in Southampton before moving to another bio-secure venue in Manchester for an equal number of one-dayers, all of which were scheduled to take place in July.
Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe and Daniel Sams all in line for international debuts as Australia name a 21-player squad to join England’s biosecure bubble
A trio of young Big Bash stars will vie for international debuts while Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon and Marcus Stoinis are in line for recalls for the Australian men’s team’s first international matches in nearly six months.
Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams and Riley Meredith have all been named in large 21-man touring party for the limited-overs series against England that was confirmed on Friday and will get underway on September 4.
D’Arcy Short the most notable omission from the initial 26-man preliminary squad CA named for the tour last month while Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Michael Neser and Ben McDermott also missed out.
“We owe a significant debt of gratitude to the players, staff and administrators of Cricket Australia for their efforts in getting this tour underway,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said in a statement.
“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 tour would allow the ECB to complete all 18 international fixtures it had scheduled before the pandemic struck.
The Australian government on Wednesday granted travel exemptions for Aaron Finch and his men, Cricket Australia (CA) said while announcing a 21-member squad for the team’s first international tour since the Covid-19 outbreak began.
“It’s vital for cricket that we do everything we can to keep the game going in these tough times,” Australia coach Justin Langer said.
“I am delighted with how the players have returned to their states from the break back in March. The whole squad has come back fitter and stronger, which is great testament to each of them.”
1. Aaron Finch (captain), 2. Sean Abbott, 3. Ashton Agar, 4. Alex Carey, 5. Pat Cummins, 6. Josh Hazlewood, 7. Marnus Labuschagne, 8. Nathan Lyon, 9. Mitchell Marsh, 10. Glenn Maxwell, 11. Riley Meredith, 12. Josh Philippe, 13. Daniel Sams, 14. Kane Richardson, 15. Steven Smith, 16. Mitchell Starc, 17. Marcus Stoinis, 18. Andrew Tye, 19. Matthew Wade, 20. David Warner, 21. Adam Zampa.
T20I Series Fixture:
September 4: 1st T20 at The Ageas Bowl
September 6: 2nd T20 at The Ageas Bowl
September 8: 3rd T20 at The Ageas Bowl
ODI Series Fixture:
September 11: 1st ODI at Emirates Old Trafford
September 13: 2nd ODI at Old Trafford
September 16: 3rd ODI Old Trafford