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LaLiga signs Divi as official crypto wallet for MENA, SEA, & China region

LaLiga on Thursday announced to sign a multi-year partnership with ‘Crypto-made-easy’ pioneer, Divi to become its official crypto wallet for the MENA, South East Asia & China regions. A world first for a football league, the deal will raise awareness of Divi’s wallet to an audience of over 1 billion.

Aligned through shared values of driving innovation and creating meaningful customer relationships through rich, engaging experiences, Divi was selected because of its focus on accessibility and ease-of-use, social inclusion, and education.

The regions covered by the deal are considered by many experts to be emerging as the next crypto capitals. According to LaLiga’ s latest research, they are also areas where crypto is taking off amongst fans. Data from this year reveals that 1 in 10 fans in the MENA region are crypto investors and 6 out of 10 crypto investors in the MENA region are LaLiga fans.

“Crypto is being embraced by football fans and we want to bring in partners who demonstrate our understanding of what’s important to them and align with our values. In that regard, Divi Labs was an obvious choice,” said Oscar Mayo, Executive Director at LaLiga.

¨Much like LaLiga they are a challenger brand that is innovating its sector. Like us they are driven to deliver the very best experience to their fans. But perhaps most importantly, they, like us, care about building close links with their community and are driven to leave a long-lasting positive impact on everyone they reach,” he added.

The partnership will push the boundaries of brand activation through a comprehensive schedule of activities. Areas include the creation of unique content and player-driven experiences that will help educate fans about crypto, leveraging of key LaLiga assets and platforms including, TV, experiential events, & the integration of CSR initiatives to build awareness of, and facilitate access to, essential services in local communities experiencing challenges that can be solved through crypto.

“Our partnership with LaLiga gives us a powerful platform from which to reach and engage new audiences around the world and deliver on our mission to enable people from all walks of life to engage in the crypto economy and achieve financial freedom and inclusion,” said Nick Saponaro, CEO, Divi Labs.

“Critically, it also offers a launchpad from which to get our products into the hands of people who need them most. The partnership will enable us to accelerate the creation of real-world initiatives that help some of the most in-need communities on the planet,” he added.

WTA suspends tennis tournaments in China over Peng Shuai case

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) on Thursday announced of suspending all tennis tournaments in China with immediate effect due to concerns over Chinese player Peng Shuai, who had accused a top government official of sexual assault.

Notably, the whereabouts of Peng had became a matter of international concern almost a month ago as the former doubles world No 1 had disappeared after alleging former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli of sexually assaulting her.

However, she later appeared at a dinner with friends and at a youth tennis tournament in Beijing few days back.

Issuing a statement, WTA chairman and CEO Steve Simon said that the safety of players is of paramount concern.

“When on November 2, 2021, Peng Shuai posted an allegation of sexual assault against a top Chinese government official, the Women’s Tennis Association recognized that Peng Shuai’s message had to be listened to and taken seriously. The players of the WTA, not to mention women around the world, deserve nothing less. From that moment forward, Peng Shuai demonstrated the importance of speaking out, particularly when it comes to sexual assault, and especially when powerful people are involved. As Peng said in her post, ‘Even if it is like an egg hitting a rock, or if I am like a moth drawn to the flame, inviting self-destruction, I will tell the truth about you’. She knew the dangers she would face, yet she went public anyway. I admire her strength and courage,” Simon said.

He added that since then, the issue had been censored in China while Chinese officials “have been provided the opportunity to cease this censorship, verifiably prove that Peng is free and able to speak without interference or intimidation, and investigate the allegation of sexual assault in a full, fair and transparent manner.”

“Unfortunately,” he added: “the leadership in China has not addressed this very serious issue in any credible way. While we now know where Peng is, I have serious doubts that she is free, safe and not subject to censorship, coercion and intimidation. The WTA has been clear on what is needed here, and we repeat our call for a full and transparent investigation – without censorship – into Peng Shuai’s sexual assault accusation.”

Simon said he “very much regret [s]it has come to this point” and that “the tennis communities in China and Hong Kong are full of great people with whom we have worked for many years.” “However,” he added, “unless China takes the steps we have asked for, we cannot put our players and staff at risk by holding events in China. China’s leaders have left the WTA with no choice.”

Confident there will be clarity soon on India’s tour of South Africa: Kohli

Due to the threat of the new Covid-19 variant – Omicron globally, there has been several doubts over India’s tour of South Africa as the new variant was first detected in the host nation and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to take a final call on the fate of the tour.

Recently, several reports have claimed that the India board is in constant touch with Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the tour is likely to be delayed.

On Thursday, India captain Virat Kohli said that head coach Rahul Dravid has initiated a conversation within the group about the series as ther has been lack of clarity on the issue.

“We are not playing in normal times anyway, so there are lots of planning involved, lots of preparation that is involved. There are players who are not part of the group now, will be entering quarantine to join the team and fly to South Africa in a chartered flight. So, there are lot of things that you would want a clarity on as soon as possible,” Kohli said on the eve of India’s second Test against New Zealand, scheduled to begin on Friday at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

“We have spoken to the senior members of the squad and Rahul bhai has initiated a conversation within the group, which is very important to know. Our focus from the second Test will not shift regardless, but it is also important to have clarity and you want to be in a position where you know what exactly is going on. We have been talking to the Board and we are pretty confident that within a day or two or pretty soon, we will have clarity as to what is going on,” he added.

Kohli hoped he and his team will soon receive a clear picture of the issue.

“We need to be realistic about things as well. We cannot ignore the things that could potentially put you in a confusing state. No one wants to be there, so everyone is working hard to find clarity and giving us the situation as it unfolds, as soon as possible. That will happen soon,” the India captain expressed.

Earlier on Tuesday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that the tour remains on schedule and they’re keeping a close watch on the situation.

“The tour is on as things stand till now. We still have time to decide. The first Test is scheduled from December 17. We will ponder about it,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.

“Players’ security and health has always been BCCI’s first priority, we will do everything possible for this. We will see what happens in the days to come,” he added.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation of South Africa had given full assurance to the Indian government and the BCCI regarding the safety of Indian players.

The Ministry had said that the touring side would be provided the best “bio-secure environment” to ensure the safety of players from the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19.

“The Indian National Cricket Team is also scheduled to visit South Africa and will play three games during their tour. The first will be played at the Wanderers and will start on 17 December, to be followed by the second match at Supersport Park on 26 December 2021 and the third match at Newlands on 3 January 2022. Whilst in South Africa the team will also play three One Day International games (ODIs) and four T20 matches, which will all be played at Newlands and Paarl,” it said.

The statement further promised of the best “bio-secure environment” to all the teams.

“South Africa will take all precautions necessary to ensure the health and safety of the Indian teams. ‘A’ full Bio-secure environment will be established around both the South African and Indian ‘A’ Teams as well as the two National Teams,” it added.

India’s tour of South Africa likley to be delayed by a week

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reportedly trying to push the start of the Test against South Africa by a week due to the threat of the new Covid-19 variant – Omicron.

As per reports, the Indian board is in talks with Cricket South Africa (CSA) for it.

Notably, after the completion of the ongoing home series against New Zealand, India is scheduled to leave for South Africa on December 8 or 9 for the tour, which comprises of three Tests, as many ODIs and four T20Is between December 17 and January 26.

However, now, according to a report in India Today, the Indian team is expected to depart only on December 15 or later and the board will discuss this topic in its AGM in Kolkata, which is scheduled to be held on Saturday.

The report said that a final call is expected to be announced by Sunday.

“The BCCI and the players are inclined towards touring South Africa, provided the Covid situation doesn’t blow up. BCCI wants to wait and watch how the Omicron threat will develop over the next few days. The board is in constant touch with the Indian government and CSA over the fate of the South Africa tour,” said a report in India Today.

“Both the BCCI and Cricket South Africa (CSA) are keen on going ahead with the tour despite rising concerns over the new Covid variant,” it added.

Meanwhile, the selection committee meeting for India’s tour of South Africa has also been put on hold as the BCCI is now waiting for a formal approval from the Indian government to send the team to South Africa.

According to reports, there are plenty of confusion over the tour and the series is likely to be rescheduled where the two teams might play two instead of three Tests.

Earlier on Tuesday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that the tour remains on schedule and they’re keeping a close watch on the situation.

“The tour is on as things stand till now. We still have time to decide. The first Test is scheduled from December 17. We will ponder about it,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.

“Players’ security and health has always been BCCI’s first priority, we will do everything possible for this. We will see what happens in the days to come,” he added.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation of South Africa had given full assurance to the Indian government and the BCCI regarding the safety of Indian players.

The Ministry had said that the touring side would be provided the best “bio-secure environment” to ensure the safety of players from the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19.

“The Indian National Cricket Team is also scheduled to visit South Africa and will play three games during their tour. The first will be played at the Wanderers and will start on 17 December, to be followed by the second match at Supersport Park on 26 December 2021 and the third match at Newlands on 3 January 2022. Whilst in South Africa the team will also play three One Day International games (ODIs) and four T20 matches, which will all be played at Newlands and Paarl,” it said.

The statement further promised of the best “bio-secure environment” to all the teams.

“South Africa will take all precautions necessary to ensure the health and safety of the Indian teams. ‘A’ full Bio-secure environment will be established around both the South African and Indian ‘A’ Teams as well as the two National Teams,” it added.

FC Goa rope in Oaksmith Gold as Associate Sponsor on three-year deal

FC Goa on Thursday announced that Oaksmith Gold will be back as the club’s Associate Sponsor after the two brands agreed on a new three-year deal. The new deal will see Oaksmith Gold be associated with the Club till the summer of 2024.

As part of the new partnership, the Oaksmith Gold logo will appear on all FC Goa match day shirts at the ‘right chest’ position. Additionally, Oaksmith Gold will be partners in producing some of the most engaging digital content pieces on the FC Goa social media channels.

The sponsorship grants Oaksmith Gold rights to use the FC Goa marks and player images in advertising in key markets throughout India.

Speaking on the new long-term association between the two brands, FC Goa President Akshay Tandon said, “We are extremely happy to extend our partnership with Oaksmith Gold for a second season. Our first season together was a fruitful one, with both the brands forming a strong connect. This extension is a real testament to exactly that.

“We look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship together. There is a very bright future ahead for FC Goa and Oaksmith Gold together as we continue to grow in our respective fields,” he added.

Ruchika Gupta, Head of Marketing, Beam Suntory India further commented on the partnership, stating, “Oaksmith Gold partners FC Goa for yet another season, as both share a common ground of what is revered internationally yet curated for the Indian audience. While Oaksmith is an emerging premium international brand, garnering international accolades, standing out with its Finest Japanese Craftsmanship, FC Goa brings forth unmatched experience of an internationally venerated sport engaging a niche, discerning audience set in India.

“As consumers’ interests diversify beyond cricket, football has been garnering viewership from ahead of the curve early adopters in India and with this partnership we hope to give the nudge soccer interest needs in the country,” he added.

Earlier on November 30, FC Goa had announced to have signed 1Xnews as the club’s Principal Title Sponsor for the ongoing 2021-22 season of the league.

As part of the tie-up, 1Xnews will appear on the chest of the club shirt and training wear throughout the course of the season.

1Xnews will also be featured in various social media graphics, and on ground advertising across every live FC Goa game, on all platforms that broadcast the Hero ISL. This partnership will also fuel the club’s social media presence.

A leading online news portal, this will be 1Xnews’ first foray into Indian football. With an aim to further popularise Indian football 1Xnews will be providing footballing news and updates as the Gaurs look to reclaim the ISL League Winners Shield and get their hands on their first ISL title.

Notably, FC Goa is the current holder of the Super Cup. Nicknamed the Gaurs, FC Goa has been one of the most consistently successful teams in the ISL – reaching 4 semi-finals and 2 finals in 7 seasons.

In Season 2019-20, the club won the Hero ISL League Winners Shield, by finishing top of the table in the league stages and became the first-ever club from India to play in the group stages of the AFC Champions League in April 2021.

Alex Carey replaces Tim Paine as Aussie wicketkeeper for Ashes

Alex Carey will make his Test debut in the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane as the 30-year-old has been named as the wicketkeeper for the contest by Cricket Australia (CA).

Carey will now become the 461st player to represent Australia’s men’s Test cricket.

Carey was inducted in the squad as a wicketkeeper after Paine resigned as Australia Test captain and had decided to take an indefinite break from the game left just few days before the much-awaited Ashes series. On the other hand, Pat Cummins was appointed as Test captain with Steve Smith named his deputy.

Commenting on the development, an elated Carey said: “I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity. It’s an exciting build-up for what is a huge series ahead.”

“My focus is on preparing and playing my part in helping Australia secure the Ashes. This is also for my dad who has been my coach, mentor and mate, my mum, my wife Eloise, kids Louis and Clementine, my brother and sister and all of those who have supported me. I will be doing my absolute best to make them and our country proud,” he added.

Speaking about Carey’s inclusion in the squad, George Bailey, chairman of the selection panel, said: “Alex has been a regular member of the national side in white ball cricket, particularly in the one-day game. He is an excellent cricketer and a fine individual who will bring many great strengths into the team.”

Last week, Paine had opted for an indefinite leave of absence from all forms of cricket for the foreseeable future. His decision came just after a week he had announced to step down as captain of the Australia Test team following a sexting scandal.

On November 19, Paine had announced to step down from his post as the skipper of Australia Test team. Paine’s decision cames in the wake of an off-field scandal, where he had sent explicit text mesages to a female co-worker at Cricket Tasmania in 2017.

in a press conference in Hobart on Friday.

“Today, I’m announced my decision to stand down as the captain of the Australian men’s test team. It’s an incredibly difficult decision, but the right one for me, my family, and cricket,” Paine read out from a statement at the presser.

“As a background on my decision, nearly four years ago, I was involved in a text exchange with a then-colleague. At the time, the exchange was the subject of a thorough CA Integrity Unit investigation, throughout which I fully participated in and openly participated in. That investigation and a Cricket Tasmania HR investigation at the same time found that there had been no breach of the Cricket Australia Code of Conduct. Although exonerated, I deeply regretted this incident at the time, and still do today. I spoke to my wife and family at the time and am enormously grateful for their forgiveness and support. We thought this incident was behind us and that I could focus entirely on the team, as I have done for the last three or four years,” he added.

The first Test of the five-match rubber between hosts Australia and England will begin on December 8 at The Gabba in Brisbane.

Andy Flower steps down as Punjab Kings’ assistant coach

Andy Flower has stepped down as the assistant coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Punjab Kings (PBKS) and is most likley to sign a new contract with one of the two new franchise for the next season of the cash-rich league.

Flower, the former Zimbabwe captain, had earlier worked as a coach in England for more than ten years. He was signed by PBKS ahead of the 2020 season of IPL. It was under Flower’s guidance when the England team had won the T20 World Cup title in 2010 and the number one spot in the Test rankings.

“It is correct, Andy has left Punjab Kings. He wanted to explore other opportunities and we respect that,” Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Wadia, however, said that Flower will continue to remain the head coach of their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise St Lucia Zouks.

The development comes at a time when KL Rahul, the PBKS captain for the past two IPL seasons, decided to part ways with the Punjab-based franchise, which had wanted to retain him for the upcoming season.

Earlier on Tuesday, Punjab had retained only two players — Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh — ahead of the mega IPL auction in January.

Meanwhile, several reports also suggest that Trevor Bayliss has too, decided to part his ways with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

Apart from the IPL, Bayliss, considered as one of the most successful coaches in the sport, had guided England to the Ashes and World Cup victories.

Bayliss had previously led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two IPL titles – in 2012 and 2014 – before coaching the England team.

The reports further suggest that both Flower and Bayliss are going to be associated with the Lucknow franchise while KL Rahul is also most likley to lead the side in the next IPL season.

Notably on October 25 in Dubai, the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group had acquired the Lucknow franchise for Rs 7090 crores. On the other hand, the Ahmedabad franchise went to CVC Sports for Rs 5625 crore.

Now after acquiring the teams, both the parties will pay the entire amount over a period of 10 years.

These new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – will now be a part of the 15th edition of the lucrative league, taking the total number of teams to 10 from eight.

The next edition of IPL is likley to be staged in the March-April window and a mega auction for it will most probably be held in January, 2022.

Glazers of Man Utd acquires team in UAE T20 league

The Glazer Family, owners of Manchester United, on Wednesday confirmed of acquiring a franchise in the UAE T20 League, scheduled to start early next year.

They purchased a franchise in the six-team league through parent company Lancer Capital.

Commenting on the development, Avram Glazer, chairman of Lancer Capital said: “I am very excited to be a part of UAE T20 at its formation. UAE T20 promises to be a world-class event that will be transformative to the growth of cricket in the Emirates.”

On the other hand, Khalid Al Zarooni, UAE T20 League chairman, said, “I am very excited to welcome Mr. Glazer to the UAE T20 Family! To have a partner who has invested in sports properties with a long-term investment perspective is a testament to the strength of the UAE T20 League’s Business Model and its value proposition to its stakeholders and an ode to the UAE as the destination of choice for global sports events.”

Meanwhile, Mubashshir Usmani, general secretary of Emirates Cricket Board, said; “We are extremely pleased that a legendary sports owner like Avie Glazer has chosen to partner with the League. This is a resounding thumbs-up to the unique opportunity that the UAE T20 league offers to experienced and established sports business owners.”

“Our partnership with Lancer Capital will enable us to combine fans of the two widely followed sports – football and cricket – in a never done before manner,” he added.

Significantly, the T20 league is sanctioned by Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and the six-team league will kick off early next year, which will consist of 34 matches.

Apart from the Glazers, Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sidney Sixers are also expected to own teams in the league.

On November 24, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the parent company of Mumbai Indians, had announced to acquire a team in the UAE T20 League.

“Reliance Industries Limited, through its subsidiary Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Ltd (RSBVL) will be acquiring the rights to own and operate a new franchise cricket team in the Emirates Cricket Board’s upcoming UAE T20 League. The move is the first major overseas expansion of Reliance Industries’ cricket operations in the global franchise-based cricket leagues,” the organisers had said in a statement.

On the other hand, Nita Ambani, co-owner & architect of Mumbai Indians had said: “With great pride and joy, we take our Mumbai Indians brand of fearless cricket to a new geography. We are thankful to our fans, both in India and overseas, for supporting MI wholeheartedly. I look forward to strengthening and further expanding our global fanbase, and having a longer engagement with them through this new League.”

“While Mumbai Indians will continue to remain at the heart of our cricket operations, the popularity of global T20 leagues and attractiveness of the UAE market offer a unique opportunity for us to further unlock the value of our sports management expertise. It also allows us a platform to develop young international talent and share best practices both on and off the field,” she added.

BCCI awaits govt clearance for SA tour, series likely to be rescheduled: Report

The selection committee meeting for India’s tour of South Africa has been put on hold due to the new variant of COVID-19 creating panic globally, especially in the southern African nations.

Notably, there has been concern on the spread of the new Covid-19 variant – Omicron – which was first reported in South Africa and has spread to many parts of the world with several nations now suspending flights to and from the country.

After the completion of the ongoing home series against New Zealand, India is scheduled to play a three-Test series, as many ODIs and four T20Is during the tour, which will conclude on January 26 however, the new Covid threat has put the tour under doubt.

As per a report in Times of India (TOI), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now waiting for a formal approval from the Indian government to send the team to South Africa.

According to reports, there are plenty of confusion over the tour and the series is likely to be rescheduled where the two teams might play two instead of three Tests.

Players like Rohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, who were rested for the New Zealand series, were asked to enter a mandatory quarantine in Mumbai from December 3 however, according to the report, they are yet to be given a clear itinerary.

“Until the players get a reply from the BCCI, confusion will prevail because nobody knows anything. But if you look at the statement that’s been released by a ministerial department of the government of South Africa, it emphasizes on the security process and thanks BCCI for the deep relationship the two countries have shared. That’s their way of saying, ‘come and we’ll take care’. The ball is now in BCCI’s court,” sources privy to developments told Times of India (TOI).

Earlier on Tuesday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that the tour remains on schedule and they’re keeping a close watch on the situation.

“The tour is on as things stand till now. We still have time to decide. The first Test is scheduled from December 17. We will ponder about it,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.

“Players’ security and health has always been BCCI’s first priority, we will do everything possible for this. We will see what happens in the days to come,” he added.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation of South Africa had given full assurance to the Indian government and the BCCI regarding the safety of Indian players.

The Ministry had said that the touring side would be provided the best “bio-secure environment” to ensure the safety of players from the fast-spreading Omicron variant of Covid-19.

“The Indian National Cricket Team is also scheduled to visit South Africa and will play three games during their tour. The first will be played at the Wanderers and will start on 17 December, to be followed by the second match at Supersport Park on 26 December 2021 and the third match at Newlands on 3 January 2022. Whilst in South Africa the team will also play three One Day International games (ODIs) and four T20 matches, which will all be played at Newlands and Paarl,” it said.

The statement further promised of the best “bio-secure environment” to all the teams.

“South Africa will take all precautions necessary to ensure the health and safety of the Indian teams. ‘A’ full Bio-secure environment will be established around both the South African and Indian ‘A’ Teams as well as the two National Teams,” it added.

MCG keen to host fifth Ashes Test due to potential monetary windfall

With Perth most likley to be unable to host the fifth and final Test of the upcoming Ashes series due to tough Covid-19 restrictions in Western Australia (WA), Victoria’s Sports Minister Martin Pakula has said that the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) would gladly host a second Test as well if Cricket Australia (CA) agrees.

Notably, WA Premier Mark McGowan had said that tough border restrictions would remain in place due to the emergence of the new Covid-19 variant and the players will have to quarantine for 14 days to be able to play the match.

Meanwhile, McGowan had also banned wives and girlfriends of the cricketers from attending the fifth Test at the Optus Stadium due to which Perth is unlikley to host the fifth Test.

On the other hand, the MCG, which will host the Boxing Day Test (Third Test) from December 26, is now keen to host the fifth Test because of the potential monetary windfall which will come by hosting one of the oldest and greatest rivalry in cricket.

“The Victorian government has certainly made it clear to Cricket Australia that if the Perth Test is unable to go ahead that we’d be not just prepared to host the fifth Test but very keen to host the fifth Test,” Pakula was quoted as saying by theage.com.au on Wednesday.

“I’ve spoken to Cricket Australia and they’ve got a decision to make, firstly about whether they go with Perth… and if they can’t get to Perth and it’s a commercial decision then I think the MCG’s claims are pretty close to undeniable. We will wait and see, but Cricket Australia is well aware of our interest,” he added.

As per reports, the MCG is the most likley option for the CA to host the fifth Test, which could be possibly a Day and Night affair and in such a scenario, it would result in a sporting bonanza for Melbourne, which will also stage the Australian Open from January 17.

Recently, WA Cricket chief executive Christina Matthews had said that the possibility of Perth hosting the fifth Test were 50-50 as McGowan had denied to open its borders with other states as he is aiming for atleast 90 per cent vaccination target.

The five-match Test series will begin on December 8 in Brisbane,

Men’s Ashes

Squads

Australia: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith (vc), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

England: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

Schedule

First Test: December 8-12, The Gabba

Second Test: December 16-20, Adelaide Oval

Third Test: December 26-30, MCG

Fourth Test: January 5-9, SCG

Fifth Test: January 14-18, Perth Stadium