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."