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Barmy Army Canberra-bound for England's Manuka match

The British are coming, bringing two of the world's most iconic sporting teams and their passionate travelling supporters to Canberra in 2013.

Cricket Australia has announced that Canberra's Manuka Oval will host the English cricket team for a two-day match during next year's Ashes Series, also sure to draw on the chants and trumpeting of famous supporters' group The Barmy Army.

The match, between England and an Australian Chairman's XI, will be held on November 29-30, in between the First Ashes Test (Gabba November 21-25) and the Second Test (Adelaide, December 5-9)

Canberra's hotel beds are bars are also set to be filled by the supporters of rugby union team the British and Irish Lions next June.

The Lions are embarking on their first Australian tour in 12 years, booked to play the ACT Brumbies at Canberra Stadium on June 18.

The fixtures add to an already packed sporting calendar for Canberra's centenary celebrations in 2013.

Other highlights include: the first one-day cricket match involving the Australian cricket team, against West Indies, on February 6; the first rugby league test match between Australia and New Zealand in Canberra in April; and an Australia versus New Zealand netball test in October.