Rejoice – this summer’s international cricket calendar has finally been revealed, with Virat Kohli’s India locked in for six limited overs matches and four Tests.
With the coronavirus pandemic throwing up numerous hurdles, this summer’s schedule has undergone several transformations since an initial version was released in May but the end product gives cricket fans plenty to be excited about.
With the NSW government stepping up to quarantine the Indian squad, the two teams will begin hostilities in Sydney, with the SCG to host the opening two one-day internationals on November 27 and November 29.
The opening ODI will be the first time Australia’s men’s team has played a home match since March and India’s first anywhere since the same month.
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The two sides will then travel to the nation’s capital, with Manuka Oval to host the ODI series decider on December 4 and the opening two Twenty20s on December 6 and 8. The white ball leg of the tour concludes in Sydney with one last T20 on December 8.
Australia will begin its battle to win back the Border-Gavaskar trophy at Adelaide Oval, with one of Test cricket’s marquee rivalries to resume in a day-night affair on December 17.
It will be the first day-night Test played between the teams, neither of which have lost with the pink ball.
Neither side has lost a day-night Test previously, with the Australian men’s team winning all four twilight Tests in Adelaide against New Zealand, South Africa,
That historic test will be followed by a traditional Boxing Day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, and in a boon for the blue riband match, Premier Daniel Andrews expects there to be a crowd.
The sides will then return to Sydney for the New Year’s Test, starting on January 7 this summer, before the series’ final match commences on January 15 at the Gabba.
Nick Hockley, CA’s Interim Chief Executive Officer said they held out hope to have fans attend the traditional Boxing Day Test.
“The safety of the Australian community and all participants is our highest priority and we will continue to work with governments across Australia to ensure the schedule proceeds in line with relevant directions and biosecurity protocols,” he said.
“In relation to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, we are working in partnership with the Victorian Government and the Melbourne Cricket Club, with plans to safely host spectators at the iconic event. More details will be shared closer to the time.”
Foxtel Group chief Patrick Delany said: “The 2020-21 cricket season is shaping up as one of the biggest summers of cricket ever. We are incredibly excited with today’s confirmation of the Indian Tour dates by Cricket Australia … We can’t wait to bring Foxtel and Kayo viewers what will be an amazing summer of cricket.
“I would like to thank the players, staff, match officials and everyone involved at Cricket Australia for all they are doing to get this exciting tour up and running.”
Friday, November 27, 2:40pm at the SCG (D/N)
Sunday, November 29, 2:40pm at the SCG (D/N)
Wednesday, December 2, 2:40pm at Manuka Oval, Canberra (D/N)
Friday, December 4, 7:10pm at Manuka Oval, Canberra (Night)
Sunday, December 6, 7:10pm at SCG , Canberra (Night)
Tuesday, December 8, 7:10pm at SCG, Canberra (Night)
December 17-21, D/N, 2:30pm at Adelaide Oval (D/N)
December 26-30, 10:30am at the MCG
January 7-11, 10:30am at the SCG
January 15-19, 10am at the Gabba
Fox Cricket / Kayo will also air the Australia A v India Tour Match – Dec 11,12,13 – Day Night Match at the SCG. The first seven of India’s matches in Australia will only be available on Foxtel and Kayo.
Originally published asBoxing Day Test verdict revealed
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