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Dates announed for Australia A tour of England in June and July ahead of the Ashes

The tour will feature eight matches, five 50-over and three red-ball, and will culminate with a match between the ‘A’ team and Australia’s Test squad at the Ageas Bowl...

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The Cricketer | 1/28/2019 at 12:02 PM

Cricket Australia have announced the dates for an Australia A tour of England which will act as their warm-up for the Ashes in August.

The tour will feature eight matches, five 50-over and three red-ball, and will culminate with a match between the ‘A’ team and Australia’s Test squad at the Ageas bowl.

It will run concurrently with the World Cup, which begins on May 30, and will start with the first of the five 50-over matches on June 20.

That match will be played against Northamptonshire and will be followed by one-day matches against Derbyshire, Worcestershire, and two against Gloucestershire.

After this, they will swap to playing red-ball cricket, with games lined up against Sussex, the England Lions, and finally the big one against the Test squad.

Australia head coach Justin Langer revealed after their comprehensive victory over Sri Lanka that the tour would shape some of their selections for the Ashes.

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Justin Langer has said that the tour will shape the Australia squad for the Ashes

The last time Australia A visited the UK was in 2013 when they played one-day fixtures against Scotland, Ireland, and Gloucestershire. That squad featured the likes of Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, and Ryan Harris.

The full itinerary:

Thursday, June 20: Australia A v Northamptonshire (50-over, Northants County Ground)

Sunday, June 23: Australia A v Derbyshire (50-over, Derby)

Tuesday, June 25: Australia A v Worcestershire (50-over, New Road)

Sunday, June 30: Australia A v Gloucestershire (50-over, Bristol)

Tuesday, July 2: Australia A v Gloucestershire (50-over, Bristol)

Sunday, July 7 – Wednesday, July 10: Australia A v Sussex (Three-day, Arundel)

Sunday, July 14 – Wednesday, July 17: Australia A v England Lions (Three-day, Canterbury)

Tuesday, July 23 – Friday, July 26: Australia A v Australia (Four-day, Ageas Bowl)

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