Australia to host tri series after four years

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Melbourne: Jun 14, 2011

India, along with Sri Lanka, are set to bring back One-Day International tri-series in Australia after a gap of four years besides playing four Tests against Michael Clarke’s men, starting December 26.

Cricket Australia announced its home international schedule in which India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka will head Down Under for up to 47 days for a combined six Tests, two Twenty20 internationals and the ODI tri-series with at least 14 encounters.

“The tri-series returns to the cricket calendar in February after a four-year hiatus and will pit the top three ranked one-day international teams – Australia, India and Sri Lanka against each other in a 12-match (plus finals) Commonwealth Bank Series,” CA said in a statement.

“The Vodafone Test Series will visit every state capital city this summer starting in early December with the Aussies taking on the Black Caps in two Vodafone Tests for the Trans Tasman Trophy in Brisbane and Hobart.

“India then arrives before Christmas to play four Vodafone Tests, starting with the traditional Boxing Day match at the MCG, before heading to Sydney for the New Year Test, then Perth and finishing in Adelaide with the Vodafone Test over Australia Day,” it added.

CA CEO James Sutherland said fans will be spoilt for choice with three of the world’s best teams visiting the Australian shores this summer.

“ICC Cricket World Cup winner India is also the number one-ranked Test team in the world at the moment. Sri Lanka has also been in great form as we saw in the World Cup, while we know New Zealand is always a formidable opponent that thrives when playing Australia,” he said.

“With the commencement of the ICC World Test Championship we know that every Test win is vital and the Australian team will be keen to start the home season positively against New Zealand,” Sutherland added.

CA’s 2011/2012 home international schedule:

December

01-5: Australia v New Zealand – 1st Test at Brisbane

9-13: Australia v New Zealand – 2nd Test at Hobart

26-30: Australia v India – 1st Test at Melbourne

January

03-07: Australia v India – 2nd Test at Sydney

13-17: Australia v India – 3rd Test at Perth

24-28: Australia v India – 4th Test at Adelaide

February

01: Australia v India – 1st Twenty20 at Sydney

03: Australia v India – 2nd Twenty20 at Melbourne

05: Australia v India – Tri-Series ODI at Melbourne

08: India v Sri Lanka – Tri-Series ODI at Perth

10: Australia v Sri Lanka – Tri-Series ODI at Perth

12: Australia v India – Tri-Series ODI at Adelaide

14: India v Sri Lanka – Tri-Series ODI at Adelaide

17: Australia v Sri Lanka – Tri-Series ODI at Sydney

19: Australia v India – Tri-Series ODI at Brisbane

21: India v Sri Lanka – Tri-Series ODI at Brisbane

24: Australia v Sri Lanka – Tri-Series ODI at Hobart

26: Australia v India – Tri-Series ODI at Sydney

28: India v Sri Lanka – Tri-Series ODI at Hobart

March

02: Australia v Sri Lanka – Tri-Series ODI at Melbourne

04: Tri-Series ODI 1st final at Brisbane

06: Tri-Series ODI 2nd final at Adelaide

08: Tri-Series ODI 3rd final at Adelaide.

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