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Adelaide loses international cricket on Australia Day


Adelaide Oval will host the first Test match in the coming summer’s cricket schedule but will miss out on international matches over the Australia Day weekend.

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SACA described the schedule as a “great result for South Australian cricket”, despite Adelaide losing out on the now shaky tradition of hosting international cricket on Australia Day.

The schedule, released by Cricket Australia today, shows Adelaide Oval will host the first Test against India, but it is still unclear whether the match will be a day-night Test or a traditional daylight hours fixture. Discussions about the start time are still ongoing between Cricket Australia and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Cricket Australia (CA) is still hoping it can persuade India that the opening match in Adelaide should be be a day-nighter, despite the BCCI remaining publicly opposed to the pink ball innovation started by Australia in 2015.

However, a report from India last week indicated they may play one of two home Tests against West Windies in October under lights. If so, it would help prepare them for a pink-ball clash on Australian soil.

“It is our preference that we play India in a day-night test match in Adelaide, but we are still working through this detail and hope to have an answer on this in the coming weeks,” CA chief executive James Sutherland said.

Adelaide will host two of six One Day Internationals to be played by the men’s side: against South Africa on November 9 and India on January 15.

Perth Stadium will host a Test match for the first time when it hosts the second Test against India from December 14 to 18.

With Melbourne and Sydney hosting India for the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Tests, Brisbane misses out on the summer’s most high-profile series and loses its status as the season-opening Test venue.

Instead the Gabba will host the first of two Tests against Sri Lanka, a day-nighter from January 24 which runs over the Australia Day long weekend.

Canberra’s Manuka Oval will host its maiden Test when Australia round out their home summer of cricket in game two against Sri Lanka from February 1.

The Gold Coast is to host international cricket for the first time, staging a T20 game between Australia and South Africa.

The T20 international at Metricon Stadium on November 17 will follow Australia’s three one-dayers against the touring Proteas in Perth, Adelaide and Hobart.

-with AAP

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