Australia under-19 cricket series off

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England's under-19 cricket tour of Australia in April has been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The tour was originally scheduled for February 2021, and then pushed back to April to give it the best chance of taking place, but this week both boards agreed it was necessary to postpone further.

"Travelling over to Australia to represent your country is a fantastic experience at any level, so it's disappointing that we have had to postpone it for the time being, but clearly the right decision given the current climate," said ECB performance director Mo Bobat.

"The series represents one half of our reciprocal plans with Cricket Australia at under-19 level and we hope to be able to host the Australian under-19 team in the UK during our domestic summer."

Cricket Australia's National Talent & Pathways manager Graham Manou said they had been looking forward to the series.

"We were looking forward to hosting the England under-19 team, however the significant logistical challenges associated with hosting a series in these times as well as a duty of care to protect the health and wellbeing of both squads, was ultimately why both boards agreed to postpone the tour."