Australia Tour Of England Confirmed
Firstly, Australia have wasted no time in naming their squad for the tour of England. This, after it was given the green light by the ECB to go ahead as planned next month.
The all white-ball series will consist of three IT20s at the Ageas Bowl followed by three ODIs at Emirates Old Trafford.
The completion of this series will ensure England have fulfilled all 18 international fixtures scheduled for this summer. Something which looked unlikely just a short time ago.
Following the news, Australia have named their squad, who are scheduled to touchdown on UK soil on August 24. This, just before the IT20 series gets underway on September 4.
A Special History
Despite the tour going ahead, Australia, still required government exemptions for the squad to travel to the UK for the six-game tour. Special dispensation was duly granted this week by the Australian government.
The meeting of the two great Ashes rivals will be a repeat of the World Cup semi-finals last summer, a tournament which England went onto win. Australia beat England in the group stages at Lords. However, they fell apart in the semi-final. Steve Smith being the main exception.
On arrival, the tourists will first travel to Derbyshire’s the Incora County Ground. Then they will be moving to their bio-secure bubble to the Ageas Bowl, following the conclusion of England’s third Test match against Pakistan on August 27.
Captained by Aaron Finch visitors have named a 21-man squad for the tour, including the uncapped trio of Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, and Riley Meredith. The squad does include the experienced pairing of Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Lyon, who had been left out of previous parties.
Alike the Test matches so far this summer all matches will be played at the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford and look set to remain behind closed doors.
Australia Tour Of England 2020 Full Squad
Australia’s T20i and ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, 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.
It is an experienced squad that Australia are using for the tour of England. Most of the players have lots of experience playing ODI cricket in England. We should be in for a cracking series.
The Australia tour of England though does have it’s own consequences. The tour will finish on the 16th of September. The IPL starts from the 19th in the UAE. As a result, both Australian and English players could miss the first week of the tournament. They will have to self-isolate for six days upon reaching the UAE. Big names such as Steve Smith and David Warner for Australia could miss out. The same applies to Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler.
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