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Australia in town Published: 15 June 2010

The Australia squad are due to arrive at Lord's this week ahead of their series of One Day Internationals against England. First they'll face a more familiar foe at Lord's.

Travel

Spectators planning to come to this match may find their planned route disrupted by TfL engineering works on the Underground.

On Saturday there is no Circle Line service and limited Metropolitan Line and Hammersmith & City Line services.

Do make sure you leave plenty of time for your journey and check the TfL website for the latest travel news and advice on alternate routes.

Wounded Aussies

Australia will return with a point to prove - having famously lost the Ashes Series against England.

Arguably they already started to heal that wound by trouncing England in the one-day series which followed England's Ashes victory.

That said, England beat the old enemy again recently, in the ICC World Twenty20 Final in the Caribbean.

Bragging rights and an early psychological blow will hinge on this tour - ahead of the resumption of Ashes hostilities, in Australia, this winter.

The Australians are more literally wounded too. Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has been left out of the squad due to an infected elbow. First choice wicket-keeper Brad Haddin has had to pull out injured too.

Josh Hazlewood and Tim Paine have been added to the squad to replace those two.

Old aquaintance

A familiar face or two will greet the Aussies when they come to Lord's on Saturday 19 June to face Middlesex.

The Panthers are now captained by former Australia wicket-keeper and cricket legend Adam Gilchrist.

'Gilly' can also call upon the batting prowess of countryman David Warner too.

Warner is in the Australia T20 squad but was left out of the one-day squad. He may well want to prove a point to the watching selectors at Lord's.

The Aussies are sure to pick a strong side to face Middlesex as they prepare for the challenge of facing England.

They may also take the chance to expose some of their younger players to English conditions - so it may be an early chance to see the likes of Hazelwood and talented leg-spinning all-rounder Steve Smith.

Tickets

Tickets are still available at £25 for adults; £10 for over-65s and just £5 for under-16s.

With the Red Devils parachute team set to arrive in style during the match there will be great entertainment both on the field and off. Make sure you get down to Lord's.


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