England to tackle the elements after Ashes tour match is moved to Alice Springs

Last Updated: 07/05/13 10:55am

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Traeger Park in Alice Springs

Traeger Park in Alice Springs

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Cricket Australia have defended the decision to switch England's tour match against a Chairman's XI to Traeger Park in Alice Springs.

England had been due to play the tour match at Manuka Oval in Canberra on November 29 and 30 - between the opening two Ashes Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide.

However the ground is being resurfaced in an attempt to get up to standard for the 2015 World Cup, so the two-day tour match has been moved to the Northern Territory.

That means England will now be forced to battle high temperatures and extreme humidity - with average in Alice Springs at that time of year around the 35 degrees mark.

"When we were informed that Canberra could not host this year's Chairman's XI fixture, we wanted to bring the match to an iconic part of Australia," Cricket Australia's Andrew Ingleton said.

"Alice Springs, set against the backdrop of the MacDonnell Ranges, is an iconic part of our great country and an ideal setting for the game."

The ECB says England have no issue with the switch.

A spokesman said: "The change to the schedule was made with our full consultation and agreement.

"It is a two-day game with only one day likely to be spent in the field and there will still be ample time for rest and recovery before the next Test match starts on December 5."

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