Australia will play their first international match in almost six months with the first of three T20s against England on Friday night UK time (3am Saturday AEST). The three-match T20 series will be played entirely at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton while the three ODIs that follow will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester, the two venues that have been bio-secure hubs for all international cricket in England this year.
September 4: 1st T20, Southampton, 3am AEST Sept 5
September 6: 2nd T20, Southampton, 11.15pm AEST
September 8: 3rd T20, Southampton, 3am AEST Sept 9
September 11: 1st ODI, Old Trafford, 10pm AEST
September 13: 2nd ODI, Old Trafford, 10pm AEST
September 16: 3rd ODI, Old Trafford, 10pm AEST
Australia have taken an extended 21-man squad to England for this campaign, ensuring they have all bases covered given they can’t easily fly players in and out due to the strict biosecurity measures. The tourists are basically at full strength for their first campaign since the COVID-19 pandemic brought world sport to a halt; Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith will lead the batting alongside Glenn Maxwell, who is back in Australian colours for the first time since November, while star quicks Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will all make life difficult for England’s batsmen.
Australia’s T20 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
England will be without World Cup winners Jason Roy (injury) and Ben Stokes (personal reasons), while Test skipper Joe Root has been picked in the ODI side but again been left out of their T20 squad. Having missed their white-ball matches so far this season due to Test duty, red-ball stars like Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran and Root are all back in the coloured clothing.
England T20I squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood. Reserves: Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood. Reserves: Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood