Cricket Australia, Northern Territory Cricket and the Northern Territory Government today confirmed the camp for the Australian Squad, which will be based at Darwin’s Marrara Cricket Ground.
The seven day camp will commence on 10 August and includes daily training sessions, game development initiatives with local cricket clubs, coordinated through NT Cricket, and a three-day inter-squad match from 14-16 August.
Members of the Australia A squad who are on tour in South Africa and were selected for the Qantas Tour of Bangladesh will join-up with the squad in Darwin from 12 August.
Darwin locals and visitors will be welcome to attend the three-day match free of charge, thanks to the outstanding support of the Northern Territory Government.
Speaking on the confirmation of the camp, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of Team Performance, Pat Howard said “We’re extremely grateful to the support received from the Northern Territory Government and NT Cricket for assisting in facilitating this camp ahead of our Test tour of Bangladesh. Darwin will provide the ideal acclimatisation ahead of the tour and the facilities at Marrara Cricket Ground are first-class. We’re working closely with NT Cricket to replicate conditions in Bangladesh, as we did in Dubai for the Indian Test tour earlier this year, so the squad gets the best preparation possible before departing from Darwin directly to Bangladesh."
Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture, the Hon Lauren Moss MLA said “I am absolutely delighted that the Australian Men’s Cricket Team has chosen Darwin as the location to prepare for its Test series against Bangladesh. The team’s visit will provide great national and international exposure of the NT as a world-class travel destination. I have been working closely with NT Cricket and Cricket Australia and we are thrilled to be hosting the Test squad in the Top End. Hosting the Australian Test team is another opportunity to demonstrate our capacity to host major sporting events and will provide an important boost to the local economy. I have no doubt the team will enjoy preparing for their matches against Bangladesh in our great city and it will be a wonderful opportunity for Territorians to see their heroes up close, contributing to the Gunner Labor Government’s vision for building vibrant communities.”
Northern Territory Cricket CEO, Troy Watson said "We are really excited to be welcoming the Australian Men’s Cricket Team to Darwin in August. Their decision to come here is reflective of the NT’s unique position to provide ideal first-class winter training opportunities, with our consistent weather, a variety of pitch options and players to offer a competitive opposition for matches. We can offer a valuable preparation environment and simulate similar conditions to those the team will face during their tour of Bangladesh in late August, which will be of great benefit to everyone. I encourage cricket fans across the Top End to come along and be part of the crowd during match days, and to take part in other opportunities to meet and learn from some of Australia’s best cricketers,” said Watson.