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Finally, Cricket Australia has officially released the cricket schedule for their upcoming tours but has informed that the schedule might alter because of the global pandemic. India is scheduled to have a five-month-long tour where they would play T20I, Test and ODI series from October.
The Men in Blue would first play the T20I series which would be played between 11-17 October. Then Australia has left the window for hosting T20 World Cup as no bilateral series is scheduled during November. From December, India would play the four-match Test series, and the last Test match would be played on January 3. And from the next week, they would play the ODI series. India’s women cricket team would also tour Australia to play three-match ODI series from January 22 to 28.
Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia CEO on cricket schedule:
Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts acknowledged that Coronavirus had made future uncertain so in future scheduled might change. However, he assured that the board would try their best to host as many matches as possible in summer.
“We know that circumstances or events beyond our control could mean that the final schedule potentially may look different to the one released today, but we’ll be doing everything we can to get as much international cricket in as possible this summer,” Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia CEO, said in a statement.
“We will communicate any changes to the schedule if or when they are required,” he added.
Also, New Zealand men’s cricket team would tour Australia to play ODI and T20I series in January while women’s team would tour in September. Zimbabwe and Afghanistan are also scheduled to play bilateral series. However, Robert informed that Zimbabwe’s series would be finalised in the coming weeks.
Australia vs India schedule
Men’s T20I Series against India
Australia v India at the Gabba, Brisbane (October 11)
Australia v India at Manuka Oval, Canberra (October 14)
Australia v India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (October 17)
Men’s Test Series against India
Australia v India at the Gabba, Brisbane (December 3- 7)
Australia v India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (December 11 – 15)
Boxing Day Test, Australia v India at the MCG, Melbourne (December 26 – 30)
Pink Test, Australia v India at the SCG, Sydney (January 3 – 7)
Men’s ODI Series against India
Australia v India at Perth Stadium, Perth (January 12)
Australia v India at the MCG, Melbourne (January 15)
Australia v India at the SCG, Sydney (January 17)
Women’s ODI Series against India
Australia v India at Manuka Oval, Canberra (January 22)
Australia v India at Junction Oval, St Kilda (January 25)
Australia v India at Blundstone Arena, Hobart (January 28)