Mumbai: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Friday that it will host white-ball internationals against Australia behind closed doors this summer.
Matches will be played at The Edge Bowl in Hampshire and Emirates Old Trafford in Lancashire. Both teams will play three T20Is and several ODIs starting September 4.
The Australian team will travel to the UK on 24 August, traveling to Derbyshire’s The Ancora County Ground before transferring to The Ageas Bowl after England’s third Test match against Pakistan on August 27.
The ECB’s chief executive, Tom Harrison, said the rivalry between England and Australia is the pinnacle of the sports competition.
“We express our gratitude to the players, staff, and administrators of Cricket Australia for their efforts on this tour, that their cooperation to ensure the staging of these matches is important for 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,” ECB’s official website quoted Harrison as saying.
He said, “The rivalry between England and Australia is the pinnacle of the sports competition. The Vitality IT20 and Royal London Series will be a thrilling competition to conclude the men’s international season this extraordinary summer.”
Cricket Australia’s interim chief executive, Nick Hockley, said: “We are very excited to move to England and return to the international arena. We congratulate the ECB for resuming the sport which is at the core of health and its core Safety of players and employees. “
“We would also like to thank the Australian Government for granting a travel waiver for the Australian men’s team, as well as for all those who have worked tirelessly to allow a scheme to proceed in a bio-safe manner,” he added.
Australia will play a 50-over intra-squad practice game and three T20 practice matches before the start of the three-match T20I series against England. The other two T20Is will be played on 6 September and 8 September.
The three Royal London Internationals will take place at Emirates Old Trafford on 11 September 13 and the final match for the tour on 16 September. The three ODIs will be part of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Super League.