Australian, on Friday, confirmed their upcoming limited-overs tour of England. The Ashes rivals will play three T20Is and as many ODIs next month. The series will mark the resumption of international cricket for Australia. The team from Down Under has not played an international game since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On the other hand, England resumed international cricket last month when they hosted West Indies for a three-match Test series. Following that, their second-string side faced Ireland in three ODIs and at the moment, the Three Lions are involved in a three-match Test series against Pakistan. After the Tests, both the teams will also play three T20Is.
The T20I series between England and Australia will begin on September 4. All the games will be played in Southampton before the teams move to another bio-secure venue in Manchester for an equal number of ODIs, all of which were scheduled to take place in July.
“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,” he added.
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 to tour England.
“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,” he added.
After the series ends, players from both the teams will fly straight to UAE for the upcoming season of the IPL. IPL 2020 gets underway on September 19 while the final is scheduled to take place on November 10. The Australian and English players are expected to miss first few games of the IPL.