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Cricket: September white-ball tour next on Australia's agenda

Having been unable to reach the semi-final stage of the T20 World Cup, Australia's next assignment is a tour of Scotland and England in September, with six T20Is and five ODIs included in a tightly-packed schedule.

Defeats to Afghanistan and India ultimately proved costly for the Baggy Greens in the Caribbean, as their hopes of a second global T20 title ended at the Super 8 stage of the tournament.

The next major white-ball event is the 2027 50-over World Cup which being jointly hosted by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, meaning that 4.50 Australia have plenty of time to start planning ahead.

They will need to do so with a number of their star performers likely to follow David Warner into international retirement before 2027 hones into view.

Tour of Scotland and England schedule

Wednesday September 4th: 1st T20I - Scotland v Australia (The Grange, Edinburgh)
Friday September 6th: 2nd T20I - Scotland v Australia (The Grange)
Saturday September 7th: 3rd T20I - Scotland v Australia (The Grange)

Thursday September 12th: 1st T20I - England v Australia (Rose Bowl, Southampton)
Saturday September 14th: 2nd T20I - England v Australia (Sophia Gardens, Cardiff)
Sunday September 15th: 3rd T20I - England v Australia (Old Trafford, Manchester)

Thursday September 19th: 1st ODI - England v Australia (Trent Bridge, Nottingham)
Saturday September 21st: 2nd ODI - England v Australia (Headingley, Leeds)
Tuesday September 24th: 3rd ODI - England v Australia (The Riverside, Chester-le-Street)
Friday September 27th: 4th ODI - England v Australia (Lord’s, London)
Sunday September 29th: 5th ODI - England v Australia (County Ground, Bristol)

Saltires triple-header up first

Australia begin their tour of Scotland and England with three T20 internationals north of the border and all three matches take place in a cramped four-day programme.

All three are scheduled to take place at The Grange in Edinburgh and, given the time of year, it is highly possible that the weather could intervene in some, if not all, of these fixtures.

Indeed, the only previous meeting of the two sides in Scotland was washed out back June 2020 without a ball being bowled, although the teams did face each other at that recent T20 World Cup.

Although Australia won that group match by five wickets, it was a pretty tight affair, with the Scots putting a hugely creditable 180-5 on the board when they batted first, with Brandon McMullen top-scoring with 60 from 34 balls.

Chasing, the Baggy Greens were in trouble before Travis Head (68) and Marus Stoinis (59 off 29 balls) came together and the Aussies eventually squeezed home with just two balls to spare.

With that in mind, the upcoming triple-header may be far from an easy task for what could be a revamped Australia line-up.

T20 theme continues in England

Having completed their work in Scotland, Australia head south for three more T20Is against England, having taken down the Three Lions at the recent 20-over World Cup.

A fairly comfortable 36-run win for the Baggy Greens in Barbados moved the overall T20I record between to two sides to 11 wins apiece, with two matches having ended in no result.

The first of the three T20Is takes place at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, the scene of the last meetings between the two sides in this format on English soil.

Back in September 2020 the hosts took the honours in the first two matches, before Australia claimed a five-wicket victory in the final game of the series.

Five ODIs complete the schedule

To finish off the tour the focus switches to 50-over white-ball cricket as Australia and England clash in five one-day internationals, which are crammed into a small window between Thursday September 19th and Sunday September 29th.

The series opener takes place at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, with the finale scheduled for the County Ground, Bristol, where the two sides met last in a feisty pre-2005 Ashes clash which England won by three wickets.

The September series also stops off at Headingley, Chester-le-Street and Lord’s as the oldest rivalry in ODI cricket is renewed.

England and Australia have met no fewer than 156 times in one-day international cricket, with the overall record standing at 88 wins for the Aussies, 63 for the Three Lions, with two ties and three no results.

A five-match series should give some early pointers to what approach back teams are taking in the early stages of the build-up to the next 50-over World Cup.

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