The uncapped Josh Philippe is among five West Aussies named in Cricket Australia’s squad, the 23-year old’s selection coming off the back of just 13 List A matches and 32 appearances in the KFC Big Bash League.

Joining Philippe are the centrally contracted pair Mitch Marsh and Ashton Agar, alongside Marcus Stoinis, and Andrew Tye.

Marsh and Agar played all six matches of Australia’s last limited overs tour to South Africa back in February, while Stoinis, named in the team of the tournament for both the Marsh One Day Cup and BBL|09 by cricket.com.au last season, will be eager to win back a spot in the national team.

Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed to detailed biosecurity and travel plans for what will be the first international tour undertaken by an Australian national sporting team since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The Australian men’s team will depart from Perth on Sunday, August 23 and travel to Derby. They will play four practice matches – three T20s and one 50-over game – before playing England in three Twenty20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton and Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. Both venues have hotels on site.

Nick Hockley, CA’s Interim Chief Executive, said: “We are very excited to be heading to England and to get back into the international fray. We congratulate the ECB on leading the resumption of the game in a way that places the health and safety of players and staff at its core.

“We would also like to thank the Australian Government, as well as all those who have worked tirelessly to put together a plan that allows for the tour to progress in a bio-secure way.”
 
Justin Langer, the Australian men’s Head Coach, said: “It’s vital for cricket that we do everything we can to keep the game going in these tough times.

“I am delighted with how the players have returned to their states from the break back in March. The whole squad has come back fitter and stronger, which is great testament to each of them.

“We have a massive assignment ahead with World Cups, Test Series against India and South Africa and the Ashes next year. We can’t wait to get back into it again.”

Australian T20 and ODI squads: 

Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria) 
Sean Abbott (New South Wales) 
Ashton Agar (Western Australia) 
Alex Carey (South Australia) 
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales) 
Josh Hazlewood (New South Wales)
Marnus Labuschagne (Queensland) 
Nathan Lyon (New South Wales) 
Mitchell Marsh (Western Australia) 
Glenn Maxwell (Victoria) 
Riley Meredith (Tasmania) 
Josh Philippe (Western Australia) 
Daniel Sams (New South Wales) 
Kane Richardson (South Australia) 
Steven Smith (New South Wales) 
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales) 
Marcus Stoinis (Western Australia) 
Andrew Tye (Western Australia) 
Matthew Wade (Tasmania) 
David Warner (New South Wales) 
Adam Zampa (New South Wales) 
 
“It’s a squad with great depth and a sprinkle of some exceptional young players,” Trevor Hohns, National Selector, said.
 
“We are very pleased with the final group which was chosen with a view to continuing our recent form in T20 cricket and the longer term goal of returning to the top in the 50 over game.

Glenn Maxwell returns to the side from an elbow injury in place of D’Arcy Short. His return to international cricket, along with his all-round skills, means Short comes out of the squad having replaced the Victorian on the tour of South Africa in March.

Experienced CA High Performance Coach Troy Cooley and Melbourne Stars WBBL Head Coach Trent Woodhill will provide coaching support to Justin Langer throughout the tour, in addition to Performance Analyst Dene Hills, Selector George Bailey and the broader team support staff. 
 
Australian Men’s Qantas Tour of England matches:
Friday, Sept 4: 1st T20 International, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Sunday, Sept 6: 2nd T20 International, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Tuesday, Sept 8: 3rd T20 International, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Friday, Sept 11: 1st ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Sunday, Sept 13: 2nd ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Wednesday, Sept 16: 3rd ODI, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester