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Lions tour to preview Ashes

UPDATED 17 January, 2013 3:25PM AEST | by Cricket Australia 2

Cricket Australia today announced the England Lions will head to Australia this summer to play a series of one-day matches against Australia A in late February and early March.

The Junction Oval, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sydney Cricket Ground and Hobart’s Blundstone Arena will share the hosting duties, giving cricket fans an early look at what the old enemy may throw up a few months later when Australia heads to the UK in their quest to regain the famous little urn.

The series will commence with the Victorians playing the Lions in three warm-up games, before a five-game series against the Australia A squad.

CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said the series would provide players in both teams an opportunity to get a better look at each other, previewing what may lie ahead.

“In addition to a massive summer of international cricket, fans will also get an early look at what the English might throw up in the Ashes when their England Lions team tours here in February,” Mr Sutherland said.

“While the Australian team will be in India for four important Tests for the Border/Gavaskar Trophy, those on the cusp of national representation will be able to test their mettle against England’s next best and cricket fans get an early taste of that Ashes rivalry.”

After the series gets underway in Victoria in early February with three tour matches, the Australia A squad will then assemble as the series moves to Hobart with Blundstone Arena hosting three matches on 16, 18 and 22 February, before rounding out the tour at the SCG for the final two encounters on 25 February and 1 March.

 

 Start Date
Home Team
 
 Away Team
 Venue  Start time
 7th February 2013
 Victoria 2nd XI
 v
 England Lions
 Junction Oval
 11:00AM
 11th February 2013
 Victoria  v  England Lions
 Junction Oval
 11:00 AM
 13th February 2013
 Victoria  v  England Lions
 MCG  11:00AM
 16th February 2013
 Australia A
 v  England Lions
 Blundstone Arena
 2:00PM
 18th February 2013
 Australia A
 v  England Lions
 Blundstone Arena
 11:00AM
 22nd February 2013
 Austraila A
 v  England Lions
 Blundstone Arena
 11:00AM
 25th February 2013
 Australia A
 v  England Lions
 SCG  11:00AM
 1st March 2013
 Australia A
   England Lions
 SCG  2:00PM

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 18 October, 2012 1:46PM AEST

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