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Update England's U19 tour of Australia postponed

England's U-19 tour of Australia has been postponed indefinitely due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The series, originally scheduled for February 2021, had been pushed to April before the two boards have decided to set it aside for now.

ECB Performance Director Mo Bobat said: "Travelling over to Australia to represent your country is a fantastic experience at any level, so it's disappointing that we have had to postpone it for the time being, but clearly the right decision given the current climate.

"The series represents one half of our reciprocal plans with Cricket Australia at Under 19 level and we hope to be able to host the Australian Under 19 team in the UK during our domestic summer. Both boards will continue to explore options for rescheduling the postponed tour to Australia."

Incidentally, days earlier, Cricket Australia also announced that the U19 Male and Female National Championships would not be held this season, a decision based on health and player welfare advice. Those Championships too were slated to begin in April but came under scrutiny because of possible border restrictions between Australia's states.

The boards of England and Australia will continue to find out an opportune time for the tour to take place. "We were very much looking forward to hosting the England Under 19 team, however the significant logistical challenges associated with hosting a series in these times as well as a duty of care to protect the health and wellbeing of both squads, was ultimately why both boards agreed to postpone the tour," Cricket Australia's National Talent & Pathways Manager, Graham Manou, said.

"International competition for this age group is critical. We look forward to continuing to work with the ECB to explore ways in which our young players can further their development both at home and abroad."


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