Australia to host England in Ashes tour game in Alice Springs

The match in Alice Springs, which has a population of around 25,000, is one of five non-Test tour matches on England's Ashes tour, which starts against a Western Australia XI at Perth on October 31.

updated: May 07, 2013 10:04 IST
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Alice Springs: An Australian XI will play England in the remote outback town of Alice Springs during what is expected to be hotly contested Ashes tour.

The English squad will travel into the Northern Territory on a charter flight after the November 21-25 first Test in Brisbane, play the Australian Chairman's XI on November 29-30 and then fly to Adelaide to prepare for the second Test starting December 5.

"We are excited about ... the opportunity to bring elite cricket to the Red Center," Cricket Australia marketing spokesman Andrew Ingleton said Tuesday. "When we were informed that Canberra could not host this year's Chairman's XI fixture, we wanted to bring the match to an iconic part of Australia. Alice Springs, set against the backdrop of the MacDonnell Ranges, is an iconic part of our great country and an ideal setting for the game."

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