After months of waiting, Australia will return to international cricket action in a juicy white-ball dual-series contest in England in early September.
Australia will travel to the United Kingdom for a three-match Twenty20 series against England, followed by a three-match One-Day International series against the same opponent.
And Australia’s 21-man travelling squad has already been announced, with five unlucky players dropped for the clash against the reigning ODI World Cup champions.
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Australia first will play a 50-over intra-squad practice game and three T20 practice matches after flying to England later this month.
Then the real action begins, with the three-match IT20 series against England commencing on 4 September at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
All three IT20s will take place at the same venue, before Old Trafford in Manchester hosts the three ODI matches.
The double series had been set to take place in early July, but was postponed due to the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.
Justin Langer, the Australian men’s Head Coach, said in a statement: “It’s vital for cricket that we do everything we can to keep the game going in these tough times.
“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.
“We have a massive assignment ahead with World Cups, Test Series against India and South Africa and the Ashes next year. We can’t wait to get back into it again.”
The talented young trio of Josh Philippe, Riley Meredith and Daniel Sams have all been named in the travelling squad and will be hoping to make their international debuts in the series.
Meanwhile veterans Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis return to the side.
That sees Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Ben McDermott, Michael Neser and D’Arcy Short all drop out of the squad.
Australia Touring Squad:
Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Sean Abbott (New South Wales)
Ashton Agar (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Josh Hazlewood (New South Wales)
Marnus Labuschagne (Queensland)
Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)
Mitchell Marsh (Western Australia)
Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)
Riley Meredith (Tasmania)
Josh Philippe (Western Australia)
Daniel Sams (New South Wales)
Kane Richardson (South Australia)
Steven Smith (New South Wales)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Marcus Stoinis (Western Australia)
Andrew Tye (Western Australia)
Matthew Wade (Tasmania)
David Warner (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (New South Wales)
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IT20s (all dates and times local):
1st IT20: Friday 4 September at The Ageas Bowl (6.00pm start)
2nd IT20: Sunday 6 September The Ageas Bowl (2.00pm start)
3rd IT20: Tuesday 8 September The Ageas Bowl (6.00pm start)
1st ODI: Friday 11 September at Emirates Old Trafford (1.00pm start)
2nd ODI: Sunday 13 September at Emirates Old Trafford (1.00pm start)
3rd ODI: Wednesday 16 September at Emirates Old Trafford (1.00pm start)
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