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Morgan hopes England still hosts Aussies

By AAP Newswire

England captain Eoin Morgan is holding onto the faint hope that his team could still host Australia and the rest of their international cricket program this year.

Australia are due to tour England for three Twenty20s and just as many one-day internationals in July, as part of the build up to the T20 World Cup.

Cricket Australia are yet to make a call on any future tours during the coronavirus and are monitoring the situation overseas daily.

They have however been ahead of the pack in making the call on keeping players off the field, cancelling men's ODIs against New Zealand last month and women's tour of South Africa.

A Test tour is scheduled in Bangladesh in June, before the tour of England follows.

Both now are however looking increasingly unlikely.

Along with foreign travel restrictions, there were more than 4,300 new cases in the United Kingdom on Wednesday and 563 deaths related to the virus.

But as sports grapple with how to restart during the virus, Morgan said closed-door matches could be the way forward in the English summer against Australia, Pakistan, West Indies and Ireland.

"I've played county cricket for a long time and Test match cricket in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and that's the exact same, I'd say," World Cup-winning captain Morgan said.

"From a very serious point of view, if medical experts advised us it was OK to play behind closed doors and it was on TV, I think that would be a huge step forward for the game."

England's county season has also been postponed until at least May 28, with several Australian players due to feature in the competition if it goes ahead.

The controversial Hundred competition is also in doubt, with more than 20 of Australia's big-name male and female stars contracted to the eight franchises.

The ECB has announced an emergency STG 61 million ($A124-million) stimulus package to keep counties and clubs afloat during the pandemic due to a fall in revenue during what should be English cricket's peak commercial months.

Centrally contracted England players will not be approached to take a pay cut but may discuss the option on a voluntary basis.

When asked if he would consider such a prospect if a request was specifically made to him, Morgan replied: "I'm extremely willing to help where I know it will make a difference.

"In the extremely uncertain times where no one seems to have any answers on the actual impact it will have on international cricket, English cricket, county cricket ... I'm open to absolutely everything."