Australia will play four Tests against India and one-day and T20 series against South Africa, England and India ahead of hosting next year’s World Cup, it was announced on Monday.
Michael Clarke’s Australians will get their Test series against India under way in Brisbane from December 4-8, with further Tests in Adelaide (Dec 12-16), Melbourne (Dec 26-30) and Sydney (January 3-7).
Australia’s international season will start with a T20 series against South Africa featuring games in Adelaide (November 5), Melbourne (November 7) and Sydney (November 9).
That will be followed by five ODIs against South Africa in Perth (November 14), Perth (November 16), Canberra (November 19), Melbourne (November 21) and Sydney (November 23).
Following the India Test series, Australia will play England and India in a one-day tri-series from January 16 to February 1 ahead of the World Cup, which is staged in Australia and New Zealand and begins on February 14.
“The 2014-15 schedule looks very different to previous summers due in large part to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 that we are co-hosting with New Zealand for the first time in 23 years,” said Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland.
Meanwhile, England are determined to improve their World Cup record — having never won the event despite being the losing finalists in 1979, 1987 and 1992.
The pioneers of professional one-day cricket have scheduled a seven-match ODI series in Sri Lanka before the end of this year, after which they will face Australia and India in the tri-series.
“Following our seven-match ODI series in Sri Lanka before Christmas, the tri-series tour will provide further excellent preparation for the England team prior to the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand,” said ECB chief executive David Collier in a statement.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 24th, 2014.
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