Ireland set to play Aussies

Published Wednesday, 21 November 2012
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The Ireland cricket team are set to play an Australia A-side in a four-day contest scheduled for next summer.

Ireland set to play Aussies
Members of the Ireland cricket team celebrating last season in Dubai. (© Getty)

The venues have not been decided yet and the fixture is pencilled in for 14th - 17th June.

It has been arranged in order to give the Australian team some match practise before their crucial Ashes campaign with England.

Their side is expected to feature many of the stars not involved in the ICC Champions Trophy and Ricky Ponting is a strong candidate to lead the team out.

Players such as Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Ed Cowan and Usman Khawaja are also likely to be involved.

Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth welcomed the news.

"It's a tremendous boost for all involved with Irish cricket that we've secured such a high profile first-class fixture in Ireland," he said.

"The fact that the Australian XI will contain a number of high profile test cricketers means it's sure to attract a large crowd.

"It will be a great test of our cricketers and I'm sure they will acquit themselves well against opponents who will be determined to put in a strong showing ahead of the Ashes campaign.

"We've haven't finalised a venue for the prestigious game yet, but have plenty of options to choose from.

"This match is one of a number of international games we've lined up for 2013 which is shaping up to be one of our busiest and most exciting seasons to date," he added.

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