Sat, 19 Sep 2020

Australia announced dates for India's lucrative Test tour as the centrepiece of a busy home season on Thursday, but admitted that plans remained in flux because of the coronavirus.

Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said the picture was "evolving every day" as he unveiled men's fixtures against Zimbabwe, the West Indies and Afghanistan, as well as India.

Australia are also due to host the men's Twenty20 World Cup in October and November.

Australia's women, crowned T20 world champions in Melbourne in March - as the pandemic closed in on world sport - will host New Zealand and India.

"We know that circumstances or events beyond our control could mean that the final schedule potentially may look different to the one released today," Roberts said in a statement.

"But we'll be doing everything we can to get as much international cricket in as possible this summer."

The men's Tests against India are scheduled to start in Brisbane on 3 December, followed by Adelaide from 11 December, the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and Sydney from 3 January.

Australia this month dethroned India as the world's top-ranked Test team, setting up the series as a blockbuster.

Crucially, it would also generate hundreds of millions of dollars for a host organisation struggling during the coronavirus shutdown.

Revenue from the series is so important to Cricket Australia that it has proposed adding a fifth Test, which would mean ditching the one-off Test against Afghanistan in Perth from 21 November.

India have said they are prepared to undergo quarantine to make the series happen. Australia's borders are currently closed to non-residents as a measure against coronavirus.

"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," Roberts said.

Final details of the men's three-match one-day international series with Zimbabwe, scheduled to start on 9 August, will be confirmed at a later date, CA said.

Australia's men then welcome the West Indies for three T20s from October 4, before three T20s against India, followed by the Afghan Test and the India Test series.

Fixtures:

Men

August 9 - Australia v Zimbabwe 1st ODI at venue TBA

August 12 - Australia v Zimbabwe 2nd ODI at venue TBA

August 15 - Australia v Zimbabwe 3rd ODI in Townsville

Women

September 27 - Australia v New Zealand 1st T20 in Sydney

September 29 - Australia v New Zealand 2nd T20 in Sydney

October 1 - Australia v New Zealand 3rd T20 in Sydney

October 5 - Australia v New Zealand 1st ODI in Townsville

October 7 - Australia v New Zealand 2nd ODI in Cairns

October 10 - Australia v New Zealand 3rd ODI in Gold Coast

Men

October 4 - Australia v West Indies 1st T20 in Townsville

October 6 - Australia v West Indies 2nd T20 in Cairns

October 9 - Australia v West Indies 3rd T20 in Gold Coast

October 11 - Australia v India 1st T20 in Brisbane

October 14 - Australia v India 2nd T20 in Canberra

October 17 - Australia v India 3rd T20 in Adelaide

November 21-25 - Australia v Afghanistan, only Test in Perth

December 3-7 - Australia v India 1st Test in Brisbane

December 11-15 - Australia v India 2nd Test in Adelaide

December 26-30 - Australia v India 3rd Test in Melbourne

January 3-7 - Australia v India 4th Test in Sydney

Women

January 22 - Australia v India 1st ODI in Canberra

January 25 - Australia v India 2nd ODI in Melbourne

January 28 - Australia v India 3rd ODI in Hobart

Men

January 12 - Australia v India 1st ODI in Perth

January 15 - Australia v India 2nd ODI in Melbourne

January 17 - Australia v India 3rd ODI in Sydney

January 26 - Australia v New Zealand 1st ODI in Adelaide

January 29 - Australia v New Zealand 2nd ODI in Canberra

January 31 - Australia v New Zealand 3rd ODI in Hobart

February 2 - Australia v New Zealand only T20 in Sydney

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