Sydney: More matches, new venues and a restructured international season that will see less overlap with the KFC Big Bash League headline the international summer of cricket that will see Australia host South Africa, India and Sri Lanka.
Cricket Australia today confirmed its 2018-19 international schedule, with 16 matches across the formats, including the first men's international match to be played on the Gold Coast.
Australia will host South Africa in a T20 at the Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium, while the state-of-the-art Perth Stadium and Canberra's Manuka Oval will both host Test cricket for the first time.
Instead the Gabba will host the first of two Tests against Sri Lanka, a day-nighter from 24 January which runs over the Australia Day long weekend. Canberra’s Manuka Oval will host its maiden Test when Australia round out their home summer of cricket in game two against Sri Lanka from 1 February.
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 Metricon Stadium on November 17 will follow Australia’s three one-dayers against the touring Proteas in Perth, Adelaide and Hobart.
The schedule, which will see test cricket played in February for the first time in over 20 years, has been structured to avoid clashing with the domestic 'Big Bash' T20 competition, which has proved a bigger drawcard for local fans than some test matches in recent seasons.
Gillette Series v South Africa
India tour of Australia
Sri Lanka tour of Australia