Australia has confirmed a busy summer of cricket ahead, with six nations to tour before the 2022 T20I World Cup in Australia itself. Australia will warm-up for the forthcoming ICC Men’s T20I World Cup with a white-ball series in India in September, and home series against West Indies and England.
The impacts of COVID-19 over the past two years have left Australia with plenty of catch-up ODI series to play, and it means the summer will get underway in late August with a three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. Those matches will be played in Townsville, before attention shifts to Cairns for a postponed three-match ODI series against New Zealand.
Australia Confirms Busy Summer Of Cricket With 6 Nations To Tour Before 2022 T20I World Cup
Those matches come hot on the heels of a tour to Sri Lanka, and a scheduled white-ball tour of India, although dates for the Indian tour are yet to be confirmed. More white-ball cricket follows the two ODI series, with T20I matches to be played against the West Indies and England leading into the 2022 T20I World Cup on home soil. Another white ball series follows against England, this time in the 50-over format, with Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne to host.
The men’s and women’s schedules released on the date by Cricket Australia include 28 Test and limited-overs internationals against Zimbabwe, New Zealand, West Indies, England, South Africa, and Pakistan stretching from late August to the end of January. It’s worth mentioning that Australia is the defending champions of the 2021 T20I World Cup held in UAE.
Australia Will Play Tests Against West Indies And South Africa After 2022 T20I World Cup
After 9 ODIs, 5 T20Is, and a T20I World Cup, red-ball cricket will finally be introduced with the West Indies to play two Test matches, the first of those in Perth, and the second in Adelaide under lights. Both matches will be beamed into the east coast at prime time, although a third match in the series has cost Hobart (who will only host a single ODI all summer) or Canberra, the chance to host a Test match this season.
The crown jewel of the summer will be a three-Test series against South Africa, which will see Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney play host before the Proteas stick around for a trio of ODI matches in January. Due to a women’s tour to India in December, it’s a short home summer for the Australian side, who will play host to Pakistan in three ODIs, and three T20s during January.