Cricket Smargasboard is looking forward to the international match

The two-year suspension of Covid and a T20 World Cup have given Australian cricketers the busiest summer in the country’s history.

Cricket Australia confirmed a chaotic schedule on Monday, with 27 men’s matches starting with the first top-end tour in August and September since 2008.

The West Indies and South Africa will tour for the Test series, while the former will join New Zealand and Zimbabwe to play the catch-up white ball series before the home T20 World Cup, originally scheduled for 2020.

Before Australia travels to India for the three-match T20 series, Zimbabwe and New Zealand will play early-season cricket in Townsville and Cairns, respectively.

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The West Indies and England will then play a series of white balls on both sides of the October-November T20 World Cup, with former Australian women’s mentor Matthew Mott coaching the English.

Notably, the Test summer against the West Indies will begin in Perth on November 30, before the Pink Ball Test in Adelaide on December 8.

Brisbane hosts the first Test against South Africa on 17 December, ahead of the traditional Boxing Day and New Year’s Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.

The schedule makes for the first Test of the summer to move away from hosting Gabba, but that means the first two Tests will be on the East Coast in prime-time before the Christmas period begins.

“In addition to the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup, we are hosting a record six touring countries in Australia this season,” said CA CEO Nick Hawkley.

“We are delighted that Test cricket is returning to Perth Stadium for the first Test of the summer against the West Indies without international cricket for almost three years.

“And we look forward to hosting Boxing Day and New Year South Africa for the first time since 2008.”

The 27-man figure for men does not include a T20 World Cup warm-up match or final if the defending champions qualify.

Summer so easily topped the previous record of 24 matches in 2014-15, which also included a home World Cup in one-day format.

It comes as part of a very busy 12 months for the team, with a four-Test series in India in February and March, the Ashes next winter, a tour of South Africa and a one-day World Cup in October and November. .

A sticking point in Australia’s home summer remained the three-match ODI series against South Africa between 12 and 17 January, at a time when CA expected all white ball stars to play in the Big Bash.

South Africa has also requested the removal of the series, but no other window has been found and all matches in the ICC ODI Super League must be completed before April.

Instead, the CA has scheduled games to start earlier to allow BBL matches to follow at night.

The Australian women, meanwhile, have played three ODIs and a Twenty20 against Pakistan in January, with no Tests on the agenda.

They will tour India for five T20s in December before the short-form World Cup in South Africa in February.

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