England Set For Sterner Sydney Test

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch is one of the players England can expect to come against at the SCG
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England will now play an Invitational XI instead of a New South Wales XI in their third warm-up game ahead of the 2013/14 Ashes series.

The game will feature Australian-capped batsmen as the home side continues to work on developing its batting depth in Test cricket.

England are currently playing a Western Australia XI and play Australia 'A' in Hobart prior to the Invitational game, which will begin on 13th November at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Ed Cowan, Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja and Adam Voges are expected to feature for the Invitational XI.

"We feel this match presents a good opportunity to give a core group of talented batsmen from a number of states, further experience against a strong international line-up," Cricket Australia's Pat Howard said.

"We continue to look for opportunities to develop our batsmen and taking part in matches like this only helps in that area. The ECB is supportive of this plan. It wanted us to field a strong line-up, so we will use the opportunity to promote key players in the Australian system. In return, we look forward to the ECB fielding powerful teams for the touring Australian side in 2015.

"We appreciate the cooperation of all the state associations in supporting this plan, particularly as it coincides with the third round of Shield matches."

The opening Ashes Test begins in Brisbane on 21st November.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

21st-25th November: 1st Test, Gabba, Brisbane
AUS 295 & 401-7d. beat ENG 136 & 179 by 381 runs
5th-9th December: 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS 570-9d & 132-3d beat ENG 172 & 312 by 218 runs
13th-17th December: 3rd Test, WACA, Perth
AUS 385 & 369-8 d. beat ENG 251 & 353 by 150 runs
26th-30th December: 4th Test, MCG, Melbourne
AUS 204 & 231-2 beat ENG 255 & 179 by 8 wickets
3rd-7th January: 5th Test, SCG, Sydney
AUS 326 & 274 beat ENG 155 & 166 by 281 runs