Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Fortress Gabba snubbed as Cricket Australia assign venues for India test series

Fortress Gabba snubbed as Cricket Australia assign venues for India test series

While the nation is arrested in the IPL fever, Cricket Australia has announced the schedule for India-Australia series. James Sutherland, the Chief Executive of CA is optimistic that India will play the D/N game. Apart from the Test series, India will also play three ODIs and as many T20Is. The clash between India and Australia will end on December 6.

However, with the players making their intentions clear, the question of playing the pink-ball Test in Adelaide doesn't arise, a CoA member told The Indian Express.

"It is our preference that we play India in a day-night Test match in Adelaide, but we are still working through this detail and hope to have an answer on this in the coming weeks", Sutherland was quoted as saying by the media.

The Tests will be followed by a three-ODI series from January 12 to 18.

Brisbane will host first Test against Sri Lanka, a confirmed day-night game, from January 24 to 28, and the Manuka Oval in Canberra - also a first-time Test venue - the second Test from February 1 to 5.

With Steve Smith and David Warner serving suspensions over the ball-tampering incident in South Africa, the Indian cricket team feels that this is their best chance to win a Test series Down Under for the first time. "We're certainly very supportive".

Canberra's Manuka Oval will then host its first test match from February 1 when the home side meet Sri Lanka in their second and final fixture.

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The Gold Coast is to host worldwide cricket for the first time, staging a T20 game between Australia and South Africa.

The Carrara venue, which is the home ground of the AFL's Gold Coast Suns and recently staged the athletics at the Commonwealth Games, may be considered for use during the 2018/19 Big Bash League.

The T20 global at Carrara on November 17 will follow Australia's three one-dayers against the touring Proteas in Perth, Adelaide and Hobart.

I hope so. Of the top eight or nine teams, it's only Bangladesh and India that haven't committed and I've always said it is part of the future of Test cricket.

"Now we have the infrastructure there's no reason why not".

Canberra's Manuka Oval and the new Perth Stadium will host Test matches for the first time, while the Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium will host a Twenty20 fixture between Australia and South Africa.

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