Cricket Australia (CA) announces the schedule for the international home summer comprising five Tests, 9 ODIs and 7 T20Is. Australia's home summer begins in August as they face Zimbabwe in a three-match ODI series. The decision comes in a day after announcing the dates for the bumper 4-match Test series against India in December.
After a lot of speculations around a hampered cricket summer due to global pandemic, CA believes that cricket won't be compromised in what reckons to be a great season of cricket in Australia.
Australia to face India in a 4-match Test series
The home team will host India in a 4-match Border Gavaskar Trophy. In 2018, India secured a 2-1 win over the hosts in what was a historic achievement for the visitors. However, with a more settled unit, India will face fresh challenges when they embark on their tour down under. In a change of venues, Gabba will host the inaugural Test while Adelaide is announced to host the much-anticipated Day-night Test from December 11. The Kohli-led side would then battle it out in three ODIs to close out their tour down under in 2020/21.
Apart from the four Tests, Australia will also host Rashid Khan's Afghanistan in an only Test at the Perth Stadium in a Day-Night fixture prior to the India series.
The rest of the limited-overs assignment will see the home tea lock horns against India, West Indies, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe. West Indies and India will feature in a three T20Is before the T20 World Cup while BlackCaps face-off in a three-match ODI affair followed by a solitary T20I.
Here's the complete schedule for Australia's upcoming home summer:
Gillette Men's ODI Series v Zimbabwe
First ODI: August 9, TBC
Second ODI: August 12, TBC
Third ODI: August 15, Riverway Stadium, Townsville
Gillette Men's T20 INTL Series v West Indies
First T20: October 4, Riverway Stadium, Townsville
Second T20: October 6, Cazaly's Stadium, Cairns
Third T20: October 9, Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
Gillette Men's T20 INTL Series v India
First T20: October 11, the Gabba, Brisbane
Second T20: October 14, Manuka Oval, Canberra
Third T20: October 17, Adelaide Oval
Men's Test v Afghanistan
Only Test: November 21-25, Perth Stadium (day-night)
Men's Test Series v India
First Test: December 3-7, the Gabba, Brisbane
Second Test: December 11-15, Adelaide Oval (day-night)
Third Test: December 26-30, MCG
Fourth Test: January 3-7, SCG
Gillette Men's ODI Series v India
First ODI: January 12, Perth Stadium
Second ODI: January 15, MCG
Third ODI: January 17, SCG
Gillette Men's ODI Series v New Zealand
First ODI: January 26, Adelaide Oval
Second ODI: January 29, Manuka Oval, Canberra
Third ODI: January 31, Blundstone Arena, Hobart
Gillette Men's T20 v New Zealand
Only T20: February 2, SCG