Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday, May 19, announced a packed schedule for the upcoming summer of 2021/22. The summer will commence with Women’s cricket with a short series against India Women and will end with a five-match T20I series against Sri Lanka Men. In the meantime, they will also host the Ashes, both Men’s and Women’s and also will be hosting New Zealand for a limited-overs series.
The Men’s Ashes will get underway on December 8 at the Gabba, Brisbane and the fifth and final Test will be played from January 14 in Perth. The other venues hosting the much-awaited Ashes are – Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. On the other hand, the one-off Women’s Ashes Test will be played on January 27 followed by a limited-overs series.
‘Would love to invite the Barmy Army, but there will be travel restrictions’
“We would absolutely love for the English fans to come. We speak to the Barmy Army a lot and they would absolutely love to be here to support, but I think everyone understands the current situation. It’s pleasing to see the vaccine roll-out in Australia, and it’s also encouraging to see the UK opening up so we just have to watch and hope. But our current thinking is there are likely to be international travel restrictions in place up until the end of the year,” CA chief Nick Hockley said as quoted by cricket.com.au.
Afghanistan’s Test against Australia
Last year, Afghanistan were scheduled to play a one-off Test on Australian soil. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the match had to be rescheduled. Now, in Australia’s packed summer, the Test against Afghanistan has been scheduled and it will take place at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart before the historic Ashes.
“We’re thrilled they’re able to come this year. It was a huge disappointment they were unable to tour last year. I’ve been speaking to the Afghan ambassador here, and I know the entire Afghan community in Australia is extremely excited so I’m certainly hoping as many of them as possible will be making the trip to Hobart,” Hockley added.
Here’s the complete home schedule for Australia:
Women’s Series v India: Dates TBC
Men’s Solitary Test against Afghanistan: Nov 27 – Dec 1, Blundstone Arena, Hobart
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
Jan 27-30: Test match, Manuka Oval
Feb 4: First T20, North Sydney Oval
Feb 6: Second T20, North Sydney Oval
Feb 10: Third T20, Adelaide Oval
Feb 13: First ODI, Adelaide Oval
Feb 16: Second ODI, Junction Oval
Feb 19: Third ODI, Junction Oval
Men’s limited-overs series against New Zealand
Jan 30: First ODI, Perth Stadium
Feb 2: Second ODI, Blundstone Arena
Feb 5: Third ODI, SCG
Feb 8: Solitary T20, Manuka Oval
Men’s T20 series against Sri Lanka
Feb 11: First T20, SCG
Feb 13: Second T20, The Gabba
Feb 15: Third T20, Metricon Stadium
Feb 18: Fourth T20, Adelaide Oval
Feb 20: Fifth T20, MCG