The ECB have agreed to Cricket Australia’s request for a schedule change to the One-Day International Tri-Series in January following the tragic death of Phil Hughes.
England will now prepare for the series at the Manuka Oval in Canberra with a warm-up game against the Australian Capital Territory XI in which the full squad will participate on January 12, 2015.
They will then face the PM’s XI – also in Canberra – on January 14 before travelling to face Australia in Sydney on January 16 rather than January 18. The remainder of the England schedule remains unchanged.
Brian Havill, ECB’s Acting Chief Executive, said: ‘I am grateful to the England players and management for agreeing to this switch which allows Cricket Australia to re-arrange their international summer following the tragic death of Phillip Hughes.
‘ECB recognise that these are extremely difficult times for the Australian cricket community and we were determined to help Cricket Australia, if at all possible, with their scheduling issues.'
A man in Australia has caused outrage after taking a cricket bat left out at a memorial in honour of Phil Hughes.
Australia bid an emotional farewell to cricketer Phillip Hughes at a funeral in his hometown this morning with a live nationwide broadcast.
Cricket stars, celebrities and fans have joined a social media campaign paying tribute to Phil Hughes by leaving their cricket bats out.