Emirates Old Trafford to host Australia ODIs
Lancashire Cricket will host the three-match Royal London One-Day International series against Australia in September
Emirates Old Trafford, home of Lancashire Cricket, has been named as a host venue for England Men’s white-ball international matches behind-closed-doors later this summer against Australia.
The three Royal London Internationals between England and Australia will take place at Emirates Old Trafford on Friday 11 September, Sunday 13 September and the final match of the tour on Wednesday 16 September. The three ODIs will form part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
It follows the successful hosting of three behind-closed-doors Test matches so far this summer, two against the West Indies and one against Pakistan, with England completing victories in all three matches, including a memorable three-wicket win against Pakistan last week.
Emirates Old Trafford is also scheduled to host three Vitality IT20s between England and Pakistan on Friday 28 August, Sunday 30 August and Tuesday 1 September after the commencement of the ongoing Test series, meaning the ground will host 20 days of behind-closed-doors international cricket this summer.
The Australian squad will arrive into the UK on 24 August, travelling to Derbyshire’s The Incora County Ground before transferring to The Ageas Bowl after England’s third Test match against Pakistan on 27 August. The Southampton venue will host all three Vitality IT20s including matches on Friday 4 September, Sunday 6 September and Tuesday 8 September.
ECB Chief Executive Officer, 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.
“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.”