Border-Gavaskar series the highlight as Australia announce summer fixtures

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28 May 2020 | 11:06 AM
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Border-Gavaskar series the highlight as Australia announce summer fixtures

India's men's team will play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs in a full tour of Australia starting October 11, in Brisbane

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India are all set to play four Tests, which includes a day-night Test, three ODIs, and three T20 Internationals in a full-fledged tour of Australia later this year, a press release sent by Cricket Australia read. India Women will also be seen playing in a three-match ODI series against Australia Women in January 2021.

Australia have sent out the full schedule of their summer which includes an ODI series against Zimbabwe and a T20I series against the West Indies. They will also host New Zealand Men and Women for a T20I and ODI series respectively while a standalone Test against Afghanistan, in Perth is also scheduled.

Here are the list of series' scheduled by Cricket Australia in their summer which goes on for a good six-and-a-half-months.

Men's ODI Series v Zimbabwe, 9 - 15 August 2020 (3 matches)

Women's T20I Series v New Zealand, 27 September - October 1, 2020 (3 matches)

Men's T20I Series v West Indies, 4 - 9 October 2020 (3 matches)

Women's ODI Series v New Zealand, 5 - 10 October 2020 (3 matches)

Men's T20I Series v India, 11 - 17 October 2020 (3 matches)

Men's T20 World Cup - October 18 - November 15, 2020

Only Test v Afghanistan, 21 - 25 November 2020

Men's Test series v India, 3 December 2020 - 7 January 2021 (4 matches)

Men's ODI Series v India, 12 January 2021 - 17 January 2021 (3 matches)

Women's ODI Series v India, 22 January 2021 - 28 January 2021 (3 matches) 

Men's ODI Series v New Zealand, 26 - 31 January 2021 (3 matches)

Only Men's T20I v New Zealand, February 2, 2021

The anticipated arrival of India to play the Australian men’s teams across all formats, as well as the return of Australia’s all-conquering women’s team, are among the highlights scheduled for this summer.  

Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia CEO, said: “While acknowledging the difficulty in navigating a global pandemic, we are nonetheless encouraged by the progress Australia is making in combatting the coronavirus and the positive impact that is having on our ability to host an exciting summer of cricket in 2020-21.    

“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. We will communicate any changes to the schedule if or when they are required.

“We are engaged in ongoing discussions with federal and state governments, our venues and the touring nations to continually understand and monitor the situation in front of us, which is evolving every day. We’ll continue to act in accordance with public health advice and government protocols to ensure the safety of the public, players and support staff.   

“We are working closely with the BCCI to deliver the eagerly anticipated men’s and women’s tours, and we are looking forward to staging the important series against both the men’s and women’s New Zealand sides. These are in addition to the scheduled men’s Test against Afghanistan and a T20 series against West Indies.

“The Australian men’s team recently claimed the No. 1 Test ranking after India had held the top spot for almost four years. The Border-Gavaskar series is one of the international sport’s great rivalries and this will no doubt be another enthralling chapter.  

“Another highlight this summer will be the return to action of the Australian women’s team. Their last match, of course, was the history-making, record-breaking T20 World Cup final at the MCG. We’re confident more Australians than ever will be keenly following our elite female cricketers this summer."

India will start off with a three-match T20I series at the Gabba in Brisbane on October 11 followed by Canberra (October 14) and  Adelaide (October 17). They will then play a four-match Test series which will begin on December 3 at Gabba, in Brisbane. Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney will host the rest of the three Tests. 

India's tour will sign off with a three-match ODI series starting January 12 in Perth. India women will also play a three-match ODI series in Canberra, ST Kilda and Hobart on January 22, January 25 and January 28 respectively.

Roberts further added: “CA made the decision in early March for our men’s team to play New Zealand in an ODI at the SCG in front of no fans due to coronavirus concerns. The experience will no doubt serve us well for planning purposes this summer.   

“We will not rush any decisions however it’s crucial for us all to have a blueprint to work from to deliver cricket safely.  

“Australian cricket will survive and thrive after the coronavirus pandemic dissipates, just as we have after world wars, depressions, recessions and the many other challenges that have confronted us over the past 140-plus years.” 

Following is the full list of the matches India will play in the Australia summer:

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  

First Test at the Gabba, Brisbane (December 3-7)

Second Test the Adelaide Oval (day-night) (December 11-15)

Third Test at the MCG (December 26-30)

Fourth Test at the SCG (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)   

CommBank 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)

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