ECB confirms Australia series will go ahead

14 Aug 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Australia’s planned cricket tour of England this autumn will go ahead after both the ECB and Cricket Australia agree to biosphere and travel plans.

The Australian squad will arrive on 24th August, and will first travel to Derbyshire before transferring to Hampshire’s The Ageas Bowl after England’s third Test match against Pakistan on 27th August. 

The tourists will then play intra-squad practice games before the three-match Vitality IT20 begins on 4th September at The Ageas Bowl. The venue will host all three of the games.

Both teams will then make their way to Emirates Old Trafford for three Royal London One Day Internationals, beginning on the 11th September, which will form part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.

“We owe a significant debt of gratitude to the players, staff and administrators of Cricket Australia for their efforts in getting this tour underway,” said Tom Harrison. CEO, ECB.

“Their cooperation to ensure these matches are staged is crucial to 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.

“The rivalry between England and Australia is the pinnacle of sporting competition. The Vitality IT20s and Royal London Series will be thrilling contests and a perfect way to culminate the men’s international season in this extraordinary summer.

“I want to congratulate my colleagues at the ECB and the various bio-secure venues working tirelessly in unprecedented circumstances, as we work to ensure that all England men’s international fixtures are fulfilled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In total, 18 international fixtures including six Test matches, six IT20s and six ODIs have been organised across two bio-secure venues, Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford, which is testament to our efficient planning both from an operational and medical point of view. I’m very proud of what our game has achieved, and that cricket is seen as the standard-bearers in developing bio-secure sporting events to the highest of standards.” 

Cricket Australia interim Chief Executive Officer, Nick Hockley, added: “We are very excited to be heading to England and to get back into the international fray. We congratulate the ECB on leading the resumption of the game in a way that places the health and safety of players and staff at its core.

“We would also like to thank the Australian Government for granting travel exemptions for the Australian men’s team, as well as all those who have worked tirelessly to put together a plan that allows for the tour to progress in a bio-secure way.”