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19-May-2021 05:27:00 GMT
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Australia confirmed dates of 2021-22 Home Summer

Sydney: England men's Ashes tour of Australia will begin on 8 December in Brisbane and, for the first time since 1994-95, the final Test will be held in Perth.

The second Test will be a day-nighter in Adelaide (16-20 December) before the traditional Melbourne Boxing Day Test (26-30 December).

Sydney will host the fourth Test (5-9 January), before a potential decider at Perth's Optus Stadium (14-18 January).

Australia men are not due to play any Test cricket before the series, meaning they will not have played any international red-ball cricket since losing 2-1 to India in January.

The Ashes follows the men's ICC T20 World Cup in India, with the final due to be held on 13 November.

After COVID-19 also put paid to plans for Afghanistan to play their maiden men's Test against Australia last November, they will launch the 2021-22 men's international season from November 27 at Blundstone Arena, where Tim Paine will captain his country for the first time on his home turf.

New Zealand will play ODIs in Perth, Hobart and Sydney followed by a T20I at Manuka Oval, the Kiwis touring in place of South Africa, who were scheduled for a white-ball tour of Australia next summer under the ICC's Future Tours Program (FTP).

However, as a result of the scheduling disruptions caused by the global pandemic, the Proteas' 2021-22 home season has been extended, which has precluded them from coming to Australia.

The five-match T20I series against Sri Lanka will see matches in Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Melbourne from February 11-20.

Test v Afghanistan

Nov 27 – Dec 1: Test match, Blundstone Arena

Ashes v England

Dec 8-12: First Test, The Gabba
Dec 16-20: Second Test, Adelaide Oval
Dec 26-30: Third Test, MCG
Jan 5-9: Fourth Test, SCG
Jan 14-18: Fifth Test, Perth Stadium

ODI & T20I Series v New Zealand

Jan 30: First ODI, Perth Stadium
Feb 2: Second ODI, Blundstone Arena
Feb 5: Third ODI, SCG
Feb 8: T20I, Manuka Oval

T20I Series v Sri Lanka

Feb 11: First T20I, SCG
Feb 13: Second T20I, The Gabba
Feb 15: Third T20I, Metricon Stadium
Feb 18: Fourth T20I, Adelaide Oval
Feb 20: Fifth T20I, MCG

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