Cricket Australia reveals summer schedule, with questions over an Adelaide day-night Test against India
Australia will play India in a Test in early December, but Cricket Australia cannot confirm whether it will be a day-night game or not. (AAP Image: David Mariuz, file photo)
Cricket Australia (CA) is still hoping it can persuade India the opening match of their four-Test series in Adelaide should be a day-nighter.
CA released its full summer international schedule on Monday but could not confirm it would continue its recent tradition of pink-ball Tests in the clash at Adelaide Oval from December 6.
The powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India has been opposed to the day-night Test innovation started by Australia in 2015.
However, a report from India last week indicated they may play one of two home Tests against West Windies in October under lights. If so, it would help prepare them for a pink-ball clash on Australian soil.
“It is our preference that we play India in a day-night Test match in Adelaide, but we are still working through this detail and hope to have an answer on this in the coming weeks,” CA chief executive James Sutherland said.
Perth Stadium will host a Test for the first time when the second match of the series against India is played from December 14 to 18.
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With Melbourne and Sydney hosting India for the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Tests, Brisbane misses out on the summer’s most high-profile series and loses its status as the season-opening Test venue.
Instead the Gabba will host the first of two Tests against Sri Lanka, a day-nighter from January 24 which runs over the Australia Day long weekend.
Canberra’s Manuka Oval will host its maiden Test when Australia rounds out its home summer of cricket in game two against Sri Lanka from February 1.
The Gold Coast is to host international cricket for the first time, staging a T20 game between Australia and South Africa.
The T20 international at Carrara on November 17 will follow Australia’s three one-dayers against the touring Proteas in Perth, Adelaide and Hobart.
Australia’s women’s team will focus on a series against New Zealand — beginning in late September before the start of the men’s schedule.
The series will feature three T20 internationals and three one-dayers in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, with a match between New Zealand and a Governor-General’s XI on February 28.