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

All three matches will be broadcast live. File

Australia's men's team begin a big summer of cricket on November 4 with the first of three one-day internationals against South Africa, followed by the Gold Coast T20 clash. A year ago they got the better of England in the inaugural day-night Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Cricket Australia's hopes of kicking off the India series at Adelaide with the day-night Test is unlikely to get a green signal from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Sky Sports has secured the rights to broadcast ball-by-ball coverage of Ireland's inaugural Test - against Pakistan - and the T20I series against India.

While the Adelaide Oval will now host the first test of the summer, South Australian Premier Steven Marshall is upset the state has lost its traditional Australia Day day-night match in the reformatted schedule.

On a day when Cricket Australia (CA) said they still prefer to play a day-night Test against India in Adelaide, a member of the Committee of Administrator (CoA) ruled out the possibility, citing reluctance from the Indian team management and players.

The series will feature three T20 internationals and three one-dayers in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, with a match between New Zealand and a Governor-General's XI on February 28.




Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland admitted it was "pretty clear that the Gabba has slipped down the rankings" after announcing Brisbane would instead host Sri Lanka in a day-night test in January. He was neither part of any team in Duleep Trophy nor was part of India A that has played with pink ball twice. They don't want to jeopardise their chances, as they are not "accustomed to" playing pink-ball cricket.

The Gabba in Brisbane, which usually hosts the first test of the Australian summer, has been relegated to the January 24-28 series-opener against Sri Lanka, who will tour the country for the first time in six years.

The one day internationals will be played between 12 and 18 January. "There, we will also deliver a large-scale community festival in partnership with the Victorian Government, which will be a terrific celebration of Indian culture".

South Africa will play three ODIs from November 4 to 11, and a one-off T20 on November 17, which is the first ever worldwide game at the Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast.

And more gaps in the men's worldwide schedule - which begins with limited-overs fixtures - will allow some of the game's Test and one-day global stars to make more appearances in the Big Bash League.

CA has yet to confirm the dates of the domestic season, but it is likely to include an expanded Big Bash League season of 43 games.

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