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30-Apr-2018 05:27:00 GMT
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Australia home Schedule revealed for 2018-19 season

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.

Fixtures:

Gillette Series v South Africa

  • Tour match: PM's XI v South Africa, Manuka Oval, Canberra, October 31
  • First ODI: Perth Stadium, November 4
  • Second ODI: Adelaide Oval, November 9
  • Third ODI: Blundstone Arena, Hobart, November 11
  • Only T20: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast, November 17

India tour of Australia

  • First T20: Gabba, November 21
  • Second T20: MCG, November 23
  • Third T20: SCG, November 25
  • First Test: Adelaide Oval, December 6-10
  • Second Test: Perth Stadium, December 14-18
  • Third Test: MCG, December 26-30
  • Fourth Test: SCG, January 3-7
  • First ODI: SCG, January 12
  • Second ODI: Adelaide Oval, January 15
  • Third ODI: MCG, January 18

Sri Lanka tour of Australia

  • First Test: Gabba, January 24-28 (D/N)
  • Second Test: Manuka Oval, February 1-5

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