Australia announce schedule with full series against India

Cricket Australia Chief Explains Decision Not To Schedule India Test In Perth

Perth will not be hosting any of the Tests when India visit Australia this year

Cricket Australia has announced its schedule for a safe and successful global season, including a full tour from India and an inaugural Test against Afghanistan. The Gabba in Brisbane will be hosting the opening match of a highly anticipated four-Test series against India on December 3-7.

Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts has defended the governing body's decision to snub Perth for the opening test of Australia's series against India arguing Western Australia has seen it's fair share of test cricket in recent years.

"The T20 World Cup is a big question and that's a factor of perhaps (AUD) 20 million..." The CA did not even mention the event in its official schedule unveiled on Thursday.

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Adelaide will host the second Test against India on December 11-15, which will be the first-ever pink-ball meeting between the two countries, and India's first on foreign soil. However, India will play an ODI match at the OPTUS stadium. The series is crucial financial health of CA, which has had to stand down staff to handle cost of operations in the wake of the pandemic.

CA boss Kevin Roberts indicated as much in a video call with reporters, saying "obviously, we've been hopeful all along that it could be staged in October-November but you would have to say there is a very high risk about the prospect of that happening".

According to reports, CA stands to earn up to 300 million Australian dollars from the tour by India.

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The traditional Boxing Day and New Year's Tests are scheduled to follow at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) respectively.

The India women's team will also travel to Australia for an ODI series with matches scheduled in Canberra (January 22), St Kilda (January 25) and Hobart (January 17).

Australia, though, have revealed that their home summer will begin with three ODIs against Zimbabwe in August and will also include a visit of India across all formats between October and January.

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"But we'll be doing everything we can to get as much worldwide cricket in as possible this summer". Assuming, of course, that we could get full crowds in play, that's when this schedule was determined.

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