England Lions face eight-match tour to Australia in 2013
England will get an early taste of Ashes action when the Lions embark on a one-month tour of Australia.
Last Updated: 18/10/12 7:10am
England's second string will play three warm-up games against the Victorians before taking on Australia A in a five-match limited overs series.
After meeting the Victorians in matches at the MCG and Junction Oval in Melbourne, the first three one-day matches will be played in Hobart from February 16 before the series is completed in Sydney.
The matches will provide England's players on the edge of selection the chance to test themselves in conditions Down Under ahead of a busy 2013 schedule.
Most prominent on the fixture list for the senior team are the two Ashes series, with England hosting Australia next summer before immediately recommencing their battle in the Antipodes.
"In addition to a massive summer of international cricket, fans will also get an early look at what the English might throw up in the Ashes when their England Lions team tours here in February," CA chief executive officer James Sutherland said.
"While the Australian team will be in India for four important Tests for the Border/Gavaskar Trophy, those on the cusp of national representation will be able to test their mettle against England's next best and cricket fans get an early taste of that Ashes rivalry."