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Sport Dates locked in for India's cricket tour to Australia

03:50  28 october  2020
03:50  28 october  2020 Source:   ap.org

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The India cricket team is scheduled to tour Australia from November 2020 to January 2021 to play four Tests, three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia has locked in dates for India’s tour Down Under after a lengthy delay while overhauling the schedule to meet the varying quarantine and COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions in different states.

FILE - In this March 1, 2020, file photo, India's Virat Kohli runs a single while batting during play on day two of the second cricket test between New Zealand and India at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand. India’s cricket tour to Australia is closer to being formalized with selectors picking squads for a four-test series and the one-day and Twenty20 limited-overs formats. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this March 1, 2020, file photo, India's Virat Kohli runs a single while batting during play on day two of the second cricket test between New Zealand and India at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand. India’s cricket tour to Australia is closer to being formalized with selectors picking squads for a four-test series and the one-day and Twenty20 limited-overs formats. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

A four-test series, starting with a day-night match at the Adelaide Oval on Dec. 17, will be preceded by three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals played in Sydney and Canberra from Nov. 27 to Dec. 8.

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The Adelaide match to start the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series will be the first day-night test between top-ranked Australia and India, and also India’s first away from home.

“Across all three formats, Australia and India represents one of the great rivalries in world sport and we're delighted to welcome Virat Kohli’s outstanding squad to Australian shores this summer,” Cricket Australia’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley said Wednesday. He thanked the Board of Control of Cricket in India for its patience.

“We have worked closely with the BCCI for many months to bring this tour to life," Hockley said, "and I cannot speak more highly of the professional, thorough and collaborative manner with which they have approached this tour in these extraordinary and complex times.”

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The Australia cricket team toured India in September and October 2017 to play five One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the full dates in September 2017.

The Indian cricket team began a tour of Australia in December 2007, playing the 4 match Test series for the Border Gavaskar Trophy, followed by a single Twenty20 match on 1 February 2008. They also participated in the Commonwealth Bank tri-series against Australia and Sri Lanka from 3 February to

The tour was initially set to open with a test match at the Gabba, then there was a proposal to start with the limited-overs portion in Queensland state. That had to be revised again to move the white-ball series to Sydney and Canberra after Cricket Australia and the Queensland Government were unable to agree on quarantine conditions for players in Brisbane.

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Leading players from India and Australia involved in the Indian Premier League, which is being played in the United Arab Emirates, are scheduled to arrive on a chartered flight in mid-November and go into 14 days of quarantine in a bio-secure hub that will allow them to keep practicing.

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The Indian cricket team toured Australia from 8 to 31 January 2016 to play two tour matches, five One Day International (ODI) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches. The full schedule for the tour was announced by Cricket Australia on 9 July 2015. Australia won the ODI series 4–1.

The Indian cricket team toured Australia from 24 November 2014 to 10 January 2015. The tour consisted of two tour matches and four Test matches. The first Test was originally scheduled on 4 December in Brisbane, but it was postponed because of the death of Phillip Hughes.


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Most people arriving in Australia must undergo a strict hotel quarantine for 14 days.

“The safety of the Australian community and all participants is our highest priority and we will continue to work with governments across Australia to ensure the schedule proceeds in line with relevant directions and biosecurity protocols," Hockley said.

Victoria state is coming out of almost three months of lockdown following a second wave of COVID-19 infections, and the state government is set to allow fans into the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the traditional Boxing Day test, which will now be the second match in the series. Tests at the Sydney Cricket Ground (Jan. 7-11) and the Gabba in Brisbane (Jan. 15-19) will follow.

India hasn't played international cricket since losing a test series in New Zealand in early March, although it has won three of its last four test series against Australia — including its first ever series win in Australia in 2018-19.

Australia's men's squad was the first national sports team to leave the country following the coronavirus lockdown when it embarked on a short tour to Britain, which finished Sept. 16 with an ODI series win over World Cup champion England.

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Tour schedule:

ODIs: Nov. 27 and Nov. 29 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Dec. 2 at Manuka Oval, Canberra.

T20s: Dec. 4 at Manuka Oval, Canberra, Dec. 6 and 8 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Test series: Dec. 17-21 at the Adelaide Oval (day-night); Dec. 26-30 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground; Jan. 7-11 at the Sydney Cricket Ground; Jan. 15-19 at the Gabba, Brisbane.

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