The Melbourne Cricket Ground will be the venue for the Boxing Day Test this year as part of a ten-match men’s summer fixture between Australia and India.
Sydney and Canberra will host three-game one-day and T20 series to start India’s tour, before the four-Test series to decide the world no.1 ranking begins with a day-night match in Adelaide on December 17.
Sydney’s New Year Test will be later than usual, beginning on January 7, and Brisbane will host the final match of the series and tour on January 15.
Queensland had originally been mooted as the location for the limited-overs series, only for a hold-up with the State government regarding quarantine requirements for the Indian side allowing New South Wales to step in.
India’s squad will arrive in Australia on November 12 and spend 14 days in quarantine in Sydney, with the NSW government permitting the tourists to train in that time.
Australia’s cricketers currently playing in the Indian Premier League will also return around that time and spend two weeks training while in quarantine.
On top of the internationals, the tourists will play two tour matches with India A meeting an Australia A team at Sydney’s Drummoyne Oval from December 6-8 and India playing Australia A in a day-night game at the SCG from December 11-13.
“Across all three formats, Australia and India represents one of the great rivalries in world sport and we are delighted to welcome Virat Kohli’s outstanding squad to Australian shores this summer,” interim Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said.
“We have worked closely with the BCCI for many months to bring this tour to life, and I cannot speak more highly of the professional, thorough and collaborative manner with which they have approached this tour in these extraordinary and complex times.
“I would like to express my gratitude to everyone at the BCCI for the faith and support they have shown in the plan we have developed, which we believe will result in a safe and successful summer for all involved.
“We would also like to especially thank the NSW Government for allowing players from both teams to safely prepare during quarantine, as well as other governments and health authorities who have worked with us to host a series which, I have no doubt, will live long in the memories of all who experience it.”
The fixture does, however, leave Perth without a single match on the schedule. Optus Stadium was the venue of Australia’s only Test win over India during the last tour in 2018-19, when the visitors claimed their first ever Test series win on Australian soil.
Crowd limits for all international games have yet to be determined.
First ODI: Friday, November 27 – Sydney Cricket Ground (Day-Night)
Second ODI: Sunday, November 29 – Sydney Cricket Ground (Day-Night)
Third ODI: Wednesday, December 2 – Manuka Oval, Canberra (Day-Night)
First T20: Friday, December 4 – Manuka Oval, Canberra (Night)
Second T20: Sunday, December 6 – Sydney Cricket Ground (Night)
Third T20: Tuesday, December 8 – Sydney Cricket Ground (Night)
First Test: December 17-21 – Adelaide Oval (Day-Night)
Second Test: December 26-30 – Melbourne Cricket Ground
Third Test: January 7-11 – Sydney Cricket Ground
Fourth Test: January 15-19 – The Gabba, Brisbane