Cricket Australia have announced their international fixtures for the forthcoming southern hemisphere summer. The main news is the ditching of the tri-series which took place last summer involving India and Sri Lanka as well as the first men’s international match in Canberra.
The summer will begin with three Test matches against South Africa on 9th November, before Sri Lanka begin their full tour with the first of three Tests on 14th December. The traditional Boxing Day Test will take place at the MCG, with the New Year’s Test following shortly afterwards at the SCG. As usual, this match will be the Pink Test with Cricket Australia’s community action program looking to build on the millions of dollars it has already raised for the McGrath Foundation.
Following this, the limited-overs leg of the summer kicks off with five One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka and two Twenty20 Internationals, including one at the Sydney Olympic Park. The West Indies then arrive for five ODIs – the third of which is at Canberra’s Manuka Oval – and one Twenty20 International.
Commenting in the schedule, chief executive of Cricket Australia Jamie Sutherland said, “There are 49 days of international cricket plus three tour matches for fans to enjoy this summer.
“Over the last 12 to 24 months we’ve seen some young and exciting talent injected into the Australian men’s team and those changes are starting to reap the rewards of the hard work led by Michael Clarke and Mickey Arthur.
“The Australian men’s team has a chance to test themselves early in the summer against a very strong South African side and the series is a great way to start the program. We’re also fortunate to have Sri Lanka back again. They play a very entertaining and attacking style of cricket and as we saw last year have a passionate and vocal fan base around Australia.
“The Test and one-day series are again complemented by KFC T20 Internationals, including the Australia Day blockbuster at Sydney Olympic Park that I’m confident will draw a bumper crowd after last year’s first international match at the venue.”
Australia’s summer of international cricket is also broadcast around the world by CA’s key international partners ESPN Star Sports (Asia), SKY Sport (New Zealand), SuperSport (South Africa) and Willow TV (United States and Canada).
Australia 2012-13 Fixtures:
2-4 November: Australia A v South Africa, Tour Match, Sydney
9-13 November: Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Gabba
22-26 November: Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval
30 Nov-4 December: Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test WACA
6-8 December: CA Chairman’s XI v Sri Lanka, Tour Match, Canberra
14-18 December Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Bellerive Oval
26-30 December Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, MCG
3-7 January Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, SCG
11 January: Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, MCG
13 January: Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Adelaide Oval
18 January: Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Gabba
20 January: Australia v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, SCG
23 January: Australia v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Bellerive Oval
26 January: Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Sydney Olympic Park
28 January: Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, MCG
TBC: Prime Minister’s XI v West Indies, Tour Match, Canberra
1 February: Australia v West Indies, 1st ODI, WACA
3 February: Australia v West Indies, 2nd ODI, WACA
6 February: Australia v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Canberra
8 February: Australia v West Indies, 4th ODI, SCG
10 February: Australia v West Indies, 5th ODI, MCG
13 February: Australia v West Indies, Only T20I, Gabba
© Cricket World 2012
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