30 April 2018

Indian series headlines new summer schedule

One of world cricket's most volatile rivalries will be the centerpiece in Cricket Australia's revamped schedule for the 2018/2019 summer season.

The New Years Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground will be the final match of the four Test series and will usher in CA's new summer television deal between Fox Sports and Channel 7.

A $1.2 billion broadcast right's agreement, which includes every Big Bash League and Women's Big Bash League match, has afforded CA boss James Sutherland the opportunity to announce a revamp of the summer scheduling including matches against India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and South Africa. 

Cricket Australia has confirmed a total of 22 matches on the men's international calendar with T20's, ODI's and Test matches to be played at the Gold Coast, Manuka Oval in Canberra and North Sydney Oval in Sydney.

Big ticket matches against the Indian team have been reserved for the metropolitan stadium's and the SCG will play host to India in a T20 on November 25, the New Years Test on January 3 and the first of three One Day Internationals on January 12.

"Our men's international season structure changes slightly this summer, with one-day and T20 international matches against South Africa and India in November," said CA chief executive James Sutherland.

"This will be a win for fans, with less overlap with the Big Bash, giving Australians the opportunity to see Australia's best players involved in limited-overs cricket at international and domestic level."

The Australia v India Test match series concludes no later than January 7 at the SCG with a little over two weeks before the start of a two match Test series for the Aussies against Sri Lanka.

During this window Australia will clash with India in their ODI series, which should allow some of the Test players a brief cameo appearance in their respective BBL sides around the nation.

All Australian players should be available for the BBL finals matches in February, with a fortnight gap in the international schedule affording their return.

"It's a summer which will contain plenty of high-quality cricket, and some exciting new additions to the Australian cricket calendar," said Sutherland.

"Overall, there are more international matches being played across more locations around the country than in previous years, and we believe this program has something for all cricket fans."

The international summer will conclude with a three match ODI series between the Australian and New Zealand women's teams. 

2018/2019 Internationals at the SCG

v India: Third T20, November 25
v India: Fourth Test, January 3-7
v India: First ODI, January 12