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Ashes Tour For NQ

Townsville To Host England

Ashes Tour For NQ

Tony Ireland Stadium will host the main lead-in match to this year’s opening First Ashes Test at the Gabba with the touring English team to play in Townsville for the first time since 1962.
 
Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket today announced that England would play a Cricket Australia XI in a four-day match in Townsville from 15-18 November as part of their build-up to the First Test from 23 – 27 November at the Gabba.
 
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters congratulated the Townsville City Council and Townsville Cricket on their efforts to ensure the match would be played in North Queensland.
 
“Cricket fans in North Queensland will now have the chance to enjoy international cricket in their own backyard and experience first-hand the 2017 Ashes campaign,’’ he said.
 
Townsville Mayor Cr Jenny Hill said hosting the England tour match was a huge honour for the city.
 
“When it comes to cricket nothing compares to an Australia-England match and this is fantastic news for the city and sporting fans throughout the north,” Cr Hill said.
  
Current Australian Test batsman Matthew Renshaw was on hand at the announcement and affirmed player satisfaction with the venue.
 
“I was here during the winter series and the venue couldn’t have performed better,’’ he said. “I’m sure the fans will enjoy the chance to see what England have to offer before the First Test gets underway.”

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