MS Dhoni will lead India in the two series Down Under    Getty Images
MS Dhoni will lead India in the two series Down Under Getty Images

The Indian cricket team will leave for Australia on January 5, 2016 for their limited-overs series, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Anurag Thakur informed on Thursday. The Indian cricket team will be playing five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) in Australia, which is a part of their build-up for the ICC World T20 2016, which will be held in India for the very first time. India will also be playing a three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka sometime in February, which will be followed by the Asia Cup 2016 in Bangladesh. COMPLETE CRICKET COVERAGE: India vs Australia 2015-16

The Asia Cup 2016 will be a T20 tournament for the very first time, and it will certainly serve as an excellent preparatory competition for all participating teams ahead of the ICC World T20 2016. The tournament is expected to be organised between late February to March.

Thakur, discussing the possibility of the India versus Pakistan bilateral cricket series informed that there isn t much time left for a decision to be taken on it. He was quoted as saying by PTI, “It is their [PCB s] call what is a comfortable time to host the series. We leave for Australia on the 5th of January and after a long series with South Africa it is every important to give the players 4-5 days rest. So Ideally if you have to fly on 5th you be free by 30th (of December).

The first ODI of the India versus Australia 2016 series will be played at the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground in Perth on January 12. The second ODI will be played at Gabba in Brisbane on January 15, third on January 17 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), fourth at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, and fifth and final ODI will be played at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

The three T20Is will be played on January 26,29 and 31 at Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Here is the complete itinerary of India’s tour of Australia 2016:

January 12, 1st ODI at WACA, Perth

January 15, 2nd ODI at Gabba, Brisbane

January 17, 3rd ODI at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) at Melbourne

January 20, 4th ODI at Manuka Oval, Canberra

January 23, 5th ODI at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney

January 26, 1st T20I at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

January 29, 2nd T20I at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) at Melbourne

January 31, 3rd T20I at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney