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28th May, 2020
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Cricket Australia’s international schedule for the 2020-21 home summer has been confirmed, with just 72 days until the first ODI.

Men’s series against Zimbabwe (ODIs), the West Indies and India (both T20s) and a one-off Test against Afghanistan will precede the highlight of the summer, the four-Test series against India starting at the Gabba on December 3.

There are two tours set for the women’s team: T20s and ODIs against New Zealand in late September and early October, and three ODIs against India in late January.

While the coronavirus pandemic has made fixturing in sport across the globe a difficult proposition, Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said the summer schedule is likely to go ahead as planned.

“While acknowledging the difficulty in navigating a global pandemic, we are nonetheless encouraged by the progress Australia is making in combatting the coronavirus and the positive impact that is having on our ability to host an exciting summer of cricket in 2020-21,” Roberts said.  

“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.

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“We are engaged in ongoing discussions with federal and state governments, our venues and the touring nations to continually understand and monitor the situation in front of us, which is evolving every day. We’ll continue to act in accordance with public health advice and government protocols to ensure the safety of the public, players and support staff. 

“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. These are in addition to the scheduled men’s Test against Afghanistan and a T20 series against West Indies.”

The one part of the schedule still very much up in the air is the Men’s T20 World Cup, slated to be held in October and November. The ICC has deferred its decision on whether that tournament will go ahead until June 10, however if it is cancelled, as is largely expected, there would likely need to be a considerable change in the overall summer fixtures in order to prevent India from having to go through quarantine twice.

With Virat Kohli’s side set to arrive in mid-to-late September, it would make little sense for them to play their scheduled T20 series in mid-October then either wait in Australia for the best part of two months before the first Test, or return home only to need to go through quarantine once again before the Test series.

2020-21 men’s and women’s international summer cricket schedule

Men’s ODI series vs Zimbabwe
Australia vs Zimbabwe at TBA (August 9)
Australia vs Zimbabwe at TBA (August 12)
Australia vs Zimbabwe at Riverway Stadium, Townsville (August 15)

Women’s T20 series vs New Zealand
Australia vs New Zealand at North Sydney Oval, North Sydney (September 27)
Australia vs New Zealand at North Sydney Oval, North Sydney (September 29)
Australia vs New Zealand at North Sydney Oval, North Sydney (October 1)

Women’s ODI series vs New Zealand
Australia vs New Zealand at Riverway Stadium, Townsville (October 5)
Australia vs New Zealand at Cazaly’s Stadium, Cairns (October 7)
Australia vs New Zealand at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (October 10)

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Men’s T20 series vs West Indies
Australia vs West Indies at Riverway Stadium, Townsville (October 4)
Australia vs West Indies at Cazaly’s Stadium Cairns (October 6)
Australia vs West Indies at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast (October 9)

Men’s T20 series vs India
Australia vs India at the Gabba, Brisbane (October 11)
Australia vs India at Manuka Oval, Canberra (October 14)
Australia vs India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (October 17)

Men’s Test series vs Afghanistan
Standalone Test, Australia vs Afghanistan at Perth Stadium, Perth (November 21-25)

Men’s Test series vs India
Australia vs India at the Gabba, Brisbane (December 3- 7)
Australia vs India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (December 11 – 15)
Boxing Day Test, Australia vs India at the MCG, Melbourne (December 26 – 30)
Pink Test, Australia vs India at the SCG, Sydney (January 3 – 7)

Women’s ODI series vs India
Australia vs India at Manuka Oval, Canberra (January 22)
Australia vs India at Junction Oval, St Kilda (January 25)
Australia vs India at Blundstone Arena, Hobart (January 28)

Men’s ODI series vs India
Australia vs India at Perth Stadium, Perth (January 12)
Australia vs India at the MCG, Melbourne (January 15)
Australia vs India at the SCG, Sydney (January 17)

Men’s ODI & T20I series vs New Zealand
Australia vs New Zealand ODI at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (January 26)
Australia vs New Zealand ODI at Manuka Oval, Canberra (January 29)
Australia vs New Zealand ODI at Blundstone Arena, Hobart (January 31)
Australia vs New Zealand T20 at the SCG, Sydney (February 2)