Cricket Australia have announced the international summer of cricket fixtures for 2019-20, with a day-night Test in Western Australia, an ODI series in March and three teams touring across the course of the summer all points of note.
Despite Australia’s desire to avoid it, a limited-overs tour to India appears all but certain to be scheduled in January with today’s announcement, meaning there will be no international cricket played down under between the end of the New Year’s Test and late March.
It also all but confirms that Australia’s best white ball cricketers will be yanked out of the Big Bash League during the second half of January.
With a two-Test series to Bangladesh and a tour of South Africa to follow during February and early March, there was no chance to schedule the New Zealand ODI matches before the middle of March.
By that stage of the year, most drop-in wickets will have been removed, meaning Cricket Australia have had to schedule the first two ODI matches in Sydney, before attention shifts to Hobart, who get their first and only match of the summer featuring Australia.
That means New Zealand’s tour gets split into two parts, with their first Test set to be played in Perth as a day-night encounter, meaning a 4pm start in Sydney and Melbourne, and an even later 6pm start in New Zealand.
The Black Caps will then stick around for the Boxing Day and New Year’s Test in Melbourne and Sydney respectively.
Before Australia play New Zealand, they will host Pakistan in the first two Tests of the summer in Brisbane, which regains the opening match, and Adelaide in a day-night encounter.
Pakistan will also play three T20s before their Test series, while the first men’s matches of the summer will take the form of three T20s against Sri Lanka, to be played in Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne from Sunday, October 27.
On the women’s side of the coin, apart from the T20 World Cup, which will be played in late February and early March, they will commence the summer with three ODIs and three T20s against Sri Lanka.
T20 cricket will be the main course for the Southern Stars this summer ahead of the World Cup, with the WBBL set to end in late January and be followed by a T20 tri-series against England and India, with all matches to be played in Canberra, and at the Junction Oval in Melbourne.
All domestic fixtures are set to be announced by Cricket Australia at a later date. They are set to include a revamped one-day cup, and a new BBL finals series.
T20 series vs Sri Lanka
|1st T20||Sun Oct 27||2:30pm||Adelaide Oval|
|2nd T20||Wed Oct 30||7:10pm||Gabba, Brisbane|
|3rd T20||Fri Nov 1||7:10pm||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
T20 series vs Pakistan
|1st T20||Sun Nov 3||2:30pm||Sydney Cricket Ground|
|2nd T20||Tue Nov 5||7:10pm||Manuka Oval, Canberra|
|3rd T20||Fri Nov 8||7:30pm||Optus Stadium, Perth|
Test series vs Pakistan
|1st Test||Thu Nov 21 – Mon Nov 26||11am||Gabba, Brisbane|
|2nd Test (D/N)||Fri Nov 29 – Tue Dec 3||2:30pm||Adelaide Oval|
Test series vs New Zealand
|1st Test (D/N)||Thu Dec 12 – Mon Dec 16||4pm||Optus Stadium, Perth|
|2nd Test||Thu Dec 26 – Mon Dec 30||10:30am||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|3rd Test||Fri Jan 3 – Tue Jan 7||10:30am||Sydney Cricket Ground|
ODI series vs New Zealand
|1st ODI||Fri Mar 13||2:30pm||Sydney Cricket Ground|
|2nd ODI||Sun Mar 15||10:30am||Sydney Cricket Ground|
|3rd ODI||Fri Mar 20||2:30pm||Blundstone Arena, Hobart|
Limited overs fixtures vs Sri Lanka
|1st T20||Sun Sep 29||2:30pm||North Sydney Oval|
|2nd T20||Mon Sep 30||7pm||North Sydney Oval|
|3rd T20||Wed Oct 2||2pm||North Sydney Oval|
|1st ODI||Sat Oct 5||11am||Allan Border Field, Brisbane|
|2nd ODI||Mon Oct 7||11am||Allan Border Field, Brisbane|
|3rd ODI||Wed Oct 9||11am||Allan Border Field, Brisbane|
T20 tri-series vs India and England
|India vs England||Fri Jan 31||2:10pm||Manuka Oval, Canberra|
|Australia vs England||Sat Feb 1||2:10pm||Manuka Oval, Canberra|
|Australia vs India||Sun Feb 2||2:10pm||Manuka Oval, Canberra|
|India vs England||Fri Feb 7||2:10pm||Junction Oval, Melbourne|
|Australia vs India||Sat Feb 8||2:10pm||Junction Oval, Melbourne|
|Australia vs England||Sun Feb 9||2:10pm||Junction Oval, Melbourne|
|Final||Wed Feb 12||1:40pm||Junction Oval, Melbourne|
All times given are in AEDT (Sydney/Melbourne daylight savings time).