Australia to Play Australia A in 2019 Ashes Warm Up

Australia to Play Australia A in 2019 Ashes Warm Up

The 2019 Ashes is scheduled to start on August 1st at Edgbaston in Birmingham. England and Australia are battling to take home the 2019 Ashes trophy. Australia defending their title but they have not won an Ashes on England soil since 2001. Fans and experts all over the world are excited for the 2019 Ashes and expect England to bring the Ashes trophy back to England.

Australian are taking the unusual step of scheduling a warm-up match for the 2019 Ashes at the Rose Bowl in Hampshire on July 23rd. Fans and experts are unsure what to make of the match as the World Cup final is just nine days earlier on July 14th. The match will be Australia versus Australia A where the top 22 Australian players will battle it out to prepare for the Ashes. Many experts are wondering if the match is being used to see which players are going to be at their peak in the Ashes so that Australia can successfully defend their title against England.

Australian superstars Steve Smith and David Warner are both currently suspended and they will be using the warm-up game to get back in the swing of things. Smith and Warner recently met with their Australian coach Langer as they are both out of the picture until April 2019. The match is not against the top talent in the world but playing against the Australian A side will certainly be competitive and provide a test-like environment to prepare all of the players for the 2019 Ashes.

“There’s going to be a process for the boys to come back and it is really important we start working on that process from now. We can’t get to the point and just say ‘right they’re back’. It’s not fair on them, it’s not fair on the team, it’s not fair on everyone,” Langer told Cricbuzz.

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“I had breakfast with him (Smith) on Monday morning and I caught up with Davey for a couple of hours that afternoon as well. I didn’t deliberately catch up with them separately. I caught up with Davey in Brisbane before we went to the UAE because I wanted to see him face to face. It’s one thing exchanging text messages and emails, you have to talk face to face. We had a great catch-up.” Tour games have recently come under fire by host nations and visiting nations alike for lack of quality in both the venues and teams that are playing in the tests. The International Cricket Council has asked host teams to provide a better quality of both their venues and treatment of visiting teams. Australia had an especially bad team in Sri Lanka in 2016 where the field was a heavy attack on a fast-bowler friendly deck. Sri Lanka most likely was attempting to gain an advantage over Australia so they could compete with the great cricket nation. Worcestershire is hosting Australia in a three day-fixture that starts on August 7th, which is in between the first and second 2019 Ashes tests. It will be interesting to see if the match has any effect on the Australian team during the Ashes.

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