Finally there is some light at the end of the tunnel and Kevin Roberts has backed up his statement of there being a 90% chance of the Australia-India series to go ahead. Cricket Australia have announced the schedule and venues for the high profile series to take place at the end of the year. Going ahead with the blockbuster series will provide a huge financial relief to CA.
The Australian summer will start with a one-off encounter against Afghanistan held at the WACA starting November 21. This will mark the return of the WACA as a test venue after a period of 3 years. However, Perth will miss out an India Test and Brisbane is set to be the series opener, where India didn’t play the last time when they won a historic series down under.
The tourists have never won match at the Gabba and the hosts haven’t lost their since 1988. The second test will be a day-night encounter at the Adelaide and would prove to be a massive challenge for the Indians. Earlier, Sourav Ganguly had agreed to CA’s demand of playing a day-night encounter. The two biggest and most historic venues in the MCG and SCG will be hosting the Boxing Day test and New Year’s test respectively. There are 3 ODI’s also scheduled at the Optus stadium in Perth, MCG and SCG. However, there are talks to extend the three match ODI series to 5 to make up losses that will be incurred from ticket sales.
India’s Test Schedule Down-Under
1st Test – Gabba – December 3-7
2nd Test (D/N) – Adelaide Oval – December 11-15
3rd Test – MCG – December 26-30
4th Test – SCG – January 3-7 (most likely)