ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) has just now confirmed the 3 match T20 and ODI series against Australia. The Series is set to begin from September 4 with first T20 being played in Southampton followed by September 6 and 8 on the same venue.
The teams will then move on to Manchester for 3 match ODI series on September 11, 13 and 16. The tour was earlier scheduled to take place in July but the rise in coronavirus cases in UK forced ECB to postpone the tour. However after hosting West Indies and Pakistan, it has certainly given some hope, not only to ECB but whole Cricketing World.
As soon as the tour was announced, Cricket Australia named their 21 men squad. The Australian squad includes – Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (vc), 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.
However with the England tour ending on September 16, players of both the teams will miss 1 or 2 game in the IPL, which is set to begin from September 19. The overseas players have to undergo 6 day isolation period in UAE.
ECB CEO Tom Harrison said, “We owe a significant debt of gratitude to the players, staff and administrators of Cricket Australia for their efforts in getting this tour underway. Their co-operation 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”.
This is an opportunity for Cricket Australia, as the board was running on debt. The tour to England and hosting India will surely make them financially stable.