Cricket: Scotland to play Australia in Edinburgh

SCOTLAND will again entertain top quality cricketing opposition at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, next summer, it was announced today.

With England due on August 12 this year, cricket bosses have arranged for Australia to visit on Tuesday September 3, 2013.

Last season saw a visit from the Sri Lankans to Edinburgh.

The match will come at the end of the Aussies’ Ashes tour of England and they will be seeking preparation for the one-day series south of the Border which starts soon after.

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Scotland last entertained Australia in 2009 when, despite a 189-run defeat, home seamer Gordon Goudie distinguished himself with a five-wicket haul including the highly-rated Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson.

Cricket Scotland Chief Executive, Roddy Smith, said: ”This provides an excellent focal point for our players and supporters in 2013. With Scotland globally ranked 15th for ODI cricket and 13th for T20, a huge achievement in the world’s second biggest game, this will provide yet another excellent opportunity to show our loyal supporters how our young and home-grown team is developing.”