Cricket Australia (CA) is confident of hosting a safe and successful summer after announcing its 2020-21 men's and women’s international schedule.
The anticipated arrival of India to play the Australian men’s teams across all formats, as well as the return of Australia’s all-conquering women’s team, are among the highlights scheduled for this summer.
The international summer Down Under will start with the men's team playing three ODIs against Zimbabwe in August, but those fixtures are subject to change due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Australia women's side will start their season with a T20I series at home against New Zealand in September.CA CEO, Kevin Roberts said: "While acknowledging the difficulty in navigating a global pandemic, we are nonetheless encouraged by the progress Australia is making in combating the coronavirus and the positive impact that is having on our ability to host an exciting summer of cricket in 2020-21.
"We know that circumstances or events beyond our control could mean that the final schedule potentially may look different to the one released today, but we’ll be doing everything we can to get as much international cricket in as possible this summer.
"We will communicate any changes to the schedule if or when they are required.
India are scheduled to play three T20s, three ODIs and a four-match Test series starting in December with two countries' women's sides also set to do battle. Roberts continued: "We are working closely with the BCCI to deliver the eagerly anticipated men’s and women’s tours, and we are looking forward to staging the important series against both the men’s and women’s New Zealand sides."The Australian men’s team recently claimed the No. 1 Test ranking after India had held top spot for almost four years."The Border-Gavaskar series is one of international sport’s great rivalries and this will no doubt be another enthralling chapter.
“Another highlight this summer will be the return to action of the Australian women’s team.
"Their last match, of course, was the history-making, record-breaking T20 World Cup final at the MCG.
"We’re confident more Australians than ever will be keenly following our elite female cricketers this summer."
August 9 - Australia v Zimbabwe 1st ODI at venue TBA
August 12 - Australia v Zimbabwe 2nd ODI at venue TBA
August 15 - Australia v Zimbabwe 3rd ODI in Townsville
September 27 - Australia v New Zealand 1st T20 in Sydney
September 29 - Australia v New Zealand 2nd T20 in Sydney
October 1 - Australia v New Zealand 3rd T20 in Sydney
October 5 - Australia v New Zealand 1st ODI in Townsville
October 7 - Australia v New Zealand 2nd ODI in Cairns
October 10 - Australia v New Zealand 3rd ODI in Gold Coast
October 4 - Australia v West Indies 1st T20 in Townsville
October 6 - Australia v West Indies 2nd T20 in Cairns
October 9 - Australia v West Indies 3rd T20 in Gold Coast
October 11 - Australia v India 1st T20 in Brisbane
October 14 - Australia v India 2nd T20 in Canberra
October 17 - Australia v India 3rd T20 in AdelaideNovember 21-25 - Australia v Afghanistan, only Test in PerthDecember 3-7 - Australia v India 1st Test in BrisbaneDecember 11-15 - Australia v India 2nd Test in AdelaideDecember 26-30 - Australia v India 3rd Test in MelbourneJanuary 3-7 - Australia v India 4th Test in SydneyWomenJanuary 22 - Australia v India 1st ODI in CanberraJanuary 25 - Australia v India 2nd ODI in MelbourneJanuary 28 - Australia v India 3rd ODI in HobartMenJanuary 12 - Australia v India 1st ODI in PerthJanuary 15 - Australia v India 2nd ODI in MelbourneJanuary 17 - Australia v India 3rd ODI in SydneyJanuary 26 - Australia v New Zealand 1st ODI in Adelaide