Australia news July 19, 2012

Australia finalise summer schedule

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South Africa will play a Gabba Test for the first time in 49 years and Sri Lanka will return to the MCG for their first Boxing Day Test since Muttiah Muralitharan was no-balled for throwing in 1995, as part of Australia's international schedule for 2012-13. The summer will also feature a Twenty20 against Sri Lanka at Sydney's Olympic Park on January 26, the first time in a decade Adelaide Oval has missed out on hosting the national team on Australia Day.

Australia will also play an international in Canberra for the first time, a one-dayer against West Indies, who will visit for a five-match ODI series in February. The one-day tri-series, which was reinstated last summer when India and Sri Lanka competed, has not surprisingly been ditched again, and both Sri Lanka and West Indies will play separate limited-overs series against Australia.

The international season will begin at the Gabba on November 9 with the first Test against South Africa, who will then move on to play Tests in Adelaide from November 22 to 26 and Perth from November 30 to December 4. South Africa's desire to play cricket at home around the Christmas-New Year period meant the only option was to play them earlier in the season.

The Gabba match will be South Africa's first Test in Brisbane since 1963, when Ian Meckiff was no-balled for throwing and Graeme Pollock made his Test debut. Australia have not lost a Test at the Gabba since 1988, when West Indies beat them, and facing Dale Steyn and his colleagues at the venue could provide them with their toughest challenge yet to keep that record alive.

Sri Lanka's three-Test series begins in Hobart on December 14, and it could be an extra special match for the Tasmanian fans. If Ricky Ponting plays all three Tests against South Africa he will be in line to break Steve Waugh's all-time record of 168 Test appearances for Australia and he will do so at his home ground, Bellerive Oval.

Sri Lanka will then play the MCG Boxing Day Test for only the second time, and while the first holds dark memories for the Sri Lankans after Muralitharan's no-balling, both teams have moved on since then. Ponting is the only man who played in that Test who is likely to be part of this year's Boxing Day encounter, and the Sri Lankans have enjoyed success at the MCG in the shorter formats over the past few years.

The Test summer finishes with the third Test against Sri Lanka, at the SCG from January 3 to 7, before the limited-overs part of the season kicks in. From January 11 to 23, Sri Lanka play five ODIs at the MCG, Adelaide Oval, Gabba, SCG and Bellerive, before two Twenty20 internationals in Sydney on January 26 and Melbourne on January 28.

It will be the first time since 2003 that Adelaide Oval has not hosted the national team on Australian Day, a decision that came about largely because the venue is being redeveloped and will have a reduced capacity this summer. Adelaide's Australia Day tradition is expected to resume when the ground's redevelopment is complete.

The final part of the international summer will consist of five ODIs and a T20 against West Indies from February 1 to 13. As part of Canberra's centenary celebrations, Manuka Oval will host an ODI on February 6, and the other one-dayers will be held at the WACA, SCG and MCG, before the Gabba finishes the international season with the one-off T20.

"Over the last 12 to 24 months we've seen some young and exciting talent injected into the Australian men's team and those changes are starting to reap the rewards of the hard work led by Michael Clarke and Mickey Arthur," James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive, said. "The Australian men's team has a chance to test themselves early in the summer against a very strong South African side and the series is a great way to start the program.

"We're also fortunate to have Sri Lanka back again. They play a very entertaining and attacking style of cricket and as we saw last year have a passionate and vocal fan base around Australia. This year we also return to head-to-head Commonwealth Bank Series and a highlight will be the Australian men's team first international match in Canberra.

"The match is part of a big year of celebrations for Canberra and fans will be spoilt for choice with West Indies playing in the city twice and Sri Lanka once over the course of the summer. The Test and one-day series are again complemented by KFC T20 Internationals, including the Australia Day blockbuster at Sydney Olympic Park that I'm confident will draw a bumper crowd after last year's first international match at the venue."

Australia's schedule for 2012-13
Nov 2-4: Australia A v South Africans, Sydney

Nov 9-13: Australia v South Africa, 1st Test, Gabba
Nov 22-26: Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval
Nov 30-Dec 4: Australia v South Africa, 3rd Test, WACA

Dec 6-8: CA Chairman's XI v Sri Lankans, Manuka Oval, Canberra

Dec 14-18: Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Bellerive Oval
Dec 26-30: Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, MCG
Jan 3-7: Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, SCG

Jan 11: Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, MCG
Jan 13: Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Adelaide Oval
Jan 18: Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Gabba
Jan 20: Australia v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, SCG
Jan 23: Australia v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Bellerive Oval

Jan 26: Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st T20I, Sydney Olympic Park
Jan 28: Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I, MCG

TBC: Prime Minister's XI v West Indians, Manuka Oval, Canberra

Feb 1: Australia v West Indies, 1st ODI, WACA
Feb 3: Australia v West Indies, 2nd ODI, WACA
Feb 6: Australia v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Manuka Oval, Canberra
Feb 8: Australia v West Indies, 4th ODI, SCG
Feb 10: Australia v West Indies, 5th ODI, MCG

Feb 13: Austalia v West Indies, Only T20I, Gabba

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Sinhaya on July 21, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    @Meety, yes NZ last beat you all in a test match before Hobart game was in 1993 in Christchurch and of course in Australia back in the early 80s. You mean sunny weather in Sydney will favor seamers? I know Melbourne wont help us except for the big Lankan fan base there which can make us feel homely. I know we can avoid umpiring howlers as DRS will be there in full scale. Our fast bowlers like Thisara Perera and Mathews will find England ideal for swing and not Australia. Our batting must excel and hope that scoreboard pressure will be the key to beating Australia in a test match if at all.

  • VB_Andy on July 21, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Australia - take a look at Smith / Amala - against the world best bowling attack today (according to the press) - this is the benchmark for a successful opening partnership (imovable rock) for the Ashes. Amala is pure class, we are miles off having anything like the quality of these guys in our top 3....

  • Meety on July 21, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @Sinhaya - that's what I meant when I said look at NZ. They went 25yrs without beating us here, & gave us a bloody nose in Hobart. That being said, the Ozzy pitch MOST like a NZ strip is Hobart. So I suppose SLs best chance would be at Sydney - although the weather there the last couple of years would suggest a pitch that will favour seamers.

  • tanstell87 on July 21, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    agree with KURUWITA...if a tri series is played WI & SL will make the final...can understand CA organising 2 separate bilateral series..!

  • on July 21, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Not surprised to c that Sri Lanka will not play any games at the WACA this summer. As a Sri Lankan cricket fan living in Perth, I was disgusted by the lack of support the Sri Lankan community in Perth gave to the Sri Lankan team in the 2 Commonwealth Bank Series matches @the WACA in February 2012 last summer!!

  • Sinhaya on July 21, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    @Chris_P, remember when Australia beat us in the CB series in Perth, Brisbane in the 1st finals and Adelaide in the 3rd finals, the wins were narrow. Sri Lanka beat Australia convincingly in Sydney and Adelaide in the 2nd finals. We also posted a world record for the 9th wicket at the MCG if you recall. I have to say our mindset has been poor against Aussies in tests which is why upto now our test record against you all is poor. It is strange because we have beaten England 7 times in tests and South Africa 5 times which shows nothing can stop us from beating Australia too in tests. Our mindset was either too negative or under estimating you all and hope that wont happen this summer. Remember we were the last to beat South Africa in a test series when they traveled to SL in 2006 losing to us 2-0 and since then Saffers have been unbeaten in tests away!

  • redneck on July 21, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    poor of cricket australia to take the australia day match off adelaide!!! renovations didnt stop the mcg keeping the boxing day test in the past or the scg with the new years test! so why does adelaide get shafted? as for the sri lankans thinking this is their time! firstly ODI form isnt relevant to tests, secondly your not england you dont have a pace attack anywhere near what you need to win. be happy if you manage a draw in any of the 3 matches!!! south africa at both the gabba and waca, on early season wickets! should make for a good contest!

  • on July 21, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Any nation would love to have the current west indies odi team in their country. Look at the stars in the team. After the t20 world cup which they will probably do well, everyone will want to see them. Its all about money making. The aussies are smart.

  • Sinhaya on July 21, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    @Chris_P, yes we under estimated Aussies last year in our backyard at our own peril. Yes I agree good bowlers are a must to succeed in Australia. Keep an eye on Thisara Perera. Dont under estimate us. We have done well in ODIs in your backyard. We beat Aussies 4 times in this year's CB series. We beat you all 2-1 in the ODI series in 2010. Also, we were the first to beat you all in a T20 game in your own soil. So we are good in the shorter formats. Also, our batting is good in tests meaning it wont be that easy to walkover us. NZ surprised you all last year in Hobart, so dont write us off.

  • Sinhaya on July 21, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    @Meety, well NZ beat Aussies in Hobart dispelling all doubts. So that augurs well for Sri Lanka. But again, NZ bowling was somewhat better than us due to Bracewell especially. But dont forget the last test we played in Australia in 20007 in Hobart we were unlucky due to Sanga getting a dreaded umpiring decision as if not we may have won it. I think it could be 2-1 Australia.

  • Sinhaya on July 21, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    @Meety, yes NZ last beat you all in a test match before Hobart game was in 1993 in Christchurch and of course in Australia back in the early 80s. You mean sunny weather in Sydney will favor seamers? I know Melbourne wont help us except for the big Lankan fan base there which can make us feel homely. I know we can avoid umpiring howlers as DRS will be there in full scale. Our fast bowlers like Thisara Perera and Mathews will find England ideal for swing and not Australia. Our batting must excel and hope that scoreboard pressure will be the key to beating Australia in a test match if at all.

  • VB_Andy on July 21, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Australia - take a look at Smith / Amala - against the world best bowling attack today (according to the press) - this is the benchmark for a successful opening partnership (imovable rock) for the Ashes. Amala is pure class, we are miles off having anything like the quality of these guys in our top 3....

  • Meety on July 21, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    @Sinhaya - that's what I meant when I said look at NZ. They went 25yrs without beating us here, & gave us a bloody nose in Hobart. That being said, the Ozzy pitch MOST like a NZ strip is Hobart. So I suppose SLs best chance would be at Sydney - although the weather there the last couple of years would suggest a pitch that will favour seamers.

  • tanstell87 on July 21, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    agree with KURUWITA...if a tri series is played WI & SL will make the final...can understand CA organising 2 separate bilateral series..!

  • on July 21, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Not surprised to c that Sri Lanka will not play any games at the WACA this summer. As a Sri Lankan cricket fan living in Perth, I was disgusted by the lack of support the Sri Lankan community in Perth gave to the Sri Lankan team in the 2 Commonwealth Bank Series matches @the WACA in February 2012 last summer!!

  • Sinhaya on July 21, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    @Chris_P, remember when Australia beat us in the CB series in Perth, Brisbane in the 1st finals and Adelaide in the 3rd finals, the wins were narrow. Sri Lanka beat Australia convincingly in Sydney and Adelaide in the 2nd finals. We also posted a world record for the 9th wicket at the MCG if you recall. I have to say our mindset has been poor against Aussies in tests which is why upto now our test record against you all is poor. It is strange because we have beaten England 7 times in tests and South Africa 5 times which shows nothing can stop us from beating Australia too in tests. Our mindset was either too negative or under estimating you all and hope that wont happen this summer. Remember we were the last to beat South Africa in a test series when they traveled to SL in 2006 losing to us 2-0 and since then Saffers have been unbeaten in tests away!

  • redneck on July 21, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    poor of cricket australia to take the australia day match off adelaide!!! renovations didnt stop the mcg keeping the boxing day test in the past or the scg with the new years test! so why does adelaide get shafted? as for the sri lankans thinking this is their time! firstly ODI form isnt relevant to tests, secondly your not england you dont have a pace attack anywhere near what you need to win. be happy if you manage a draw in any of the 3 matches!!! south africa at both the gabba and waca, on early season wickets! should make for a good contest!

  • on July 21, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Any nation would love to have the current west indies odi team in their country. Look at the stars in the team. After the t20 world cup which they will probably do well, everyone will want to see them. Its all about money making. The aussies are smart.

  • Sinhaya on July 21, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    @Chris_P, yes we under estimated Aussies last year in our backyard at our own peril. Yes I agree good bowlers are a must to succeed in Australia. Keep an eye on Thisara Perera. Dont under estimate us. We have done well in ODIs in your backyard. We beat Aussies 4 times in this year's CB series. We beat you all 2-1 in the ODI series in 2010. Also, we were the first to beat you all in a T20 game in your own soil. So we are good in the shorter formats. Also, our batting is good in tests meaning it wont be that easy to walkover us. NZ surprised you all last year in Hobart, so dont write us off.

  • Sinhaya on July 21, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    @Meety, well NZ beat Aussies in Hobart dispelling all doubts. So that augurs well for Sri Lanka. But again, NZ bowling was somewhat better than us due to Bracewell especially. But dont forget the last test we played in Australia in 20007 in Hobart we were unlucky due to Sanga getting a dreaded umpiring decision as if not we may have won it. I think it could be 2-1 Australia.

  • hyclass on July 21, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    The recent ODI series in England demonstrated the lack of progress by this Australian side when confronted by determined opposition in form.The selections were obtuse,the performances sub-standard & public statements by players,selectors & coach embarrassing.This side barely beat SL & then only courtesy of a luck result,sub-standard 1st Test pitch that was sanctioned by the ICC. SL had statistically the weakest attack in international cricket & their remaining pitches are historical roads.SA were returning from a long sabatical from Test cricket & lacked any semblence of match fitness-something not Tested by the little more than 2 day 1st Test but revealed by the 5 day 2nd Test.That a teenager like Cummins,carrying an injury later revealed,bowling at 140km/h & with no 1st class record was able to expose.India arrived with Zaheer having not bowled for months.Ishant was carrying an ankle injury.They had been thrashed in Eng,had no back up attack and were beaten before the series began.

  • Harry_Kool on July 21, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    @Chris_P. Spot on mate. I think only one Richard Hadlee, who was an out & out champion, was the only exceptional bowler who led a series win, and that against a weakened Aussie team form the South African rebel tour. You need to have a great pace bowling attack to win here.

  • maddinson on July 21, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    South Australia (By far the worst team in Australian domestic cricket) have the better bowling attack than SL. Lesser the talk of SL's batsmen away from there backyard is better. Good to see SL's fan also talking like how Indian fans were going blah blah last year about there team.

  • Meety on July 20, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    @Sinhaya - btw, very good comment regarding the win v Saffas. Also knocking off Pakistan was a credible result. I doubt any Ozzy would take SL lightly, but would EXPECT an Ozzy win. That being said, the longer a side goes without a win somewhere, the closer they get to breaking that run. Just look at NZ!

  • Chris_P on July 20, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    @KURUWITA. So many negative thoughts about the Aussie? Didn't our development side beat your mob in your back yard last year? And let me share something with you, to win test series in Australia you need world class pace bowlers, nothing less, bowlers, not bowler. As I peruse the Lankan pace bowling, and I am being blunt here, I seriously doubt any would get a regular start with a state side let alone test side. That will be the biggest hurdle SL will have to overcome. Only 3 teams have won series in the past 30 years here, the awesome Windies, England & the Saffers . Have a look at the quality of their pace attack when they did. and help me understand how this quality will be matched by the present day Lankan attack? Just remember, no expectation, no disappointment.

  • MattyP1979 on July 20, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Aus actually don't have a bad side. SA will be a struggle and could go either way but SL are REALLY going to get hammered. Aus have no spinner (of note) and should prepare pitches to suit their quicks which doesn't bode well for SL. Aus might have a good summer. Of course it is then going to go horribly wrong come the next Ashes.

  • warneneverchuck on July 20, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Why SL is goin to Aus. When they beat Aus last time in test I can't remember

  • Sinhaya on July 20, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    @Meety I agree with you Aussie should never be under estimated. I hope Thisara Perera can run through the Aussie batting. I dont think the Aussie pitches will help Herath much so we must have a good pace attack. Dont under estimate us cos we beat South Africa in a test match last year so we can draw inspiration.

  • tanstell87 on July 20, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    @Meety - forget India & Sri Lanka we will solve it between ourselves...what about Australian team who is getting beaten by everyone now...they lost to West Indies that was without Gayle...England thrashed them...South Africa & Sri Lanka will thrash them too...& yes to complete the nightmare India will thrash them in Feb 2013..

  • on July 20, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    MCG and specially the test in Sydney will give SL a fair chance to make history

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 20, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @David_Boon, You suggested to play 5 tests.I think Aussies prefer to loose any series by 3 - 0 rather than 5 - 0.That is why 2 series of 3 test matches were organized.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 20, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    @sptp,@Gizza, @cricketfannik, @larsons96, @SachTLG, @tanstell87, Aussie cricket board, selection pannel, captain and players are getting so much of criticism for last few years as they are getting thrashed around the world. Aussies cricket board knows that their ODI team is weaker than SA, SL, or WI. Aussies will miss out in the final if try series is played. That is why 2 separate series have been organized. I hope you all understood.

  • inefekt on July 20, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    @Always-positive You have a very short memory indeed. Australia pounded Sri Lanka on their home grounds last year, we drew against the South Africans on their home grounds last year and we convincingly beat West Indies in a test series on their home soil earlier this year. Yes, we only managed to draw the ODI series against them which gives one of your predictions at least some merit. Perhaps lawn bowls is more your sport?

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 20, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @Meety It is dangerous suggestion. Ireland is playing better than Aussies in ODI. Still Aussie might miss out in the final if Ireland and other test nation play in the try series.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 20, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    The point is this. Aussies are scared they will be missed out in the final if they arranged try series because both WI and SL are playing much better ODI than Aussies. The last year Aussies knew that IND was very weak and they could play with SL in the final which actually happened.

  • Always-positive on July 20, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Well I don't see Australia winning any of these series, WI are a class above them in ODI, Sri Lanka are better in every department ( especially captain wise ), SA are just better than them aswell ( although after England have softened them up just like they did with India they may be in with a chance ), Maybe that is Oz's new method to win, let England pound them into the ground then nip a steal a win !! shame on you Oz ;-)

  • venkatesh018 on July 20, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Boxing Day Test allotted to Sri Lanka instead of South Africa !!! Wonder how the Melbourne locals will be feeling? But anyway once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the lives of Srilankan cricketers to experience the G on a Boxing Day Test? Mahela and Sanga will be already licking their lips in anticipation of the big day. But why did the ACB ditch the tri-series? Two sets of 5 match bilateral series makes no sense at all.

  • on July 20, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    it would be better if Australia arranged a try series with West Indies and Bangladesh or a Three match ODI and a one-off test match against Bangladesh. Teams like Bangladesh should be considered now against teams like Australia. This is my Personal Feelings.

  • on July 20, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Was waiting for this for sometime.As a nuetral will be great to see Ponting vs Steyn on the fast clay tracks of Gabba and WACA.Only complaint I have is why separate ODI series against Sri Lanka and West Indies?A triangular would have been the best option.Looking that the home summer for Australia ends on Feb 13th would expect them to arrive here in India between 20th to 25th Feb.Schedule yet to be confirmed by both CA and BCCI. @Gizza Well,Can't do anything about the FTP which runs from 2012-2020.Plus since SA refused to play at MCG n SCG CA had to invite SL.

  • Meety on July 20, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    @Gizza - I'd have no problems with Ireland playing in a tri-series. Prior to SL being a Test nation, they were the 3rd side in a tri-series. Matches involving Ireland & the other team could be shipped regionally. A tri-series, where sides play 2 games each with a final - is only 7 matches all up & shouldn't clutter the FTP much.

  • Meety on July 20, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    @SLDude - word of warning dude, you sound EXACTLY like the Indian fans prior to last summer, & they didn't go too well for them did it? Your boys will do well to compete, as I think they will struggle without good pace bowlers. I think India had better pacers than SL, (although superficially looks like their spinners are weaker). SL need pace otherwise the spinners will just do a mild containment job, spinners rarely make a series long impact in Oz. Whilst I think SL have a good batting line up (an admirer of Sanga & Mahela), I dunno that they'll get enough support. Hopefully the SL cricketers will believe that they can do it! @Gizza - I think it was announced a long while ago that last year's tri-series was not the start of a regular spot. That being said, I enjoyed the tri-series much more than the bilaterals prior. I agree that tri-angular or quad-rangular series would be better than what we have going. As far as SL touring, they are our 2nd closest cricket neighbour.

  • 9ST9 on July 20, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    @Gizza - actually It's the third time in a row SL are playing in the Australian season, In 2010/11 - they toured for 3 ODI's, then in 2011/12 - for the tri series, and then again the tri series in 2012/13. SL toured AUS a lot in recent times - but for ODI's and not tests sadly.

  • Gizza on July 20, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    'The one-day tri-series, which was reinstated last summer when India and Sri Lanka competed, has not surprisingly been ditched again, and both Sri Lanka and West Indies will play separate limited-overs series against Australia.' Um this is VERY surprising. For 50-over cricket, tri-series are far more interesting than bilateral series. As long as all sides are reasonably competitive but even if one side was a minnow it is still far more interesting to see different opposition rathern than playing the same team 5 times in a row. Poor choice CA. Actually a four team comp with each playing twice (so won't be too long) would be best I reckon, the fourth team being an Ireland, Zimbabwe or Afghanistan. Also SL in ODI's for a second year in a row? It is overkill. South Africa and West Indies for that leg would have been better.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 20, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    @torsha Yes I do agree. Aussies should be tried against PAK or NZ. I think Aussies are going to be tried against AFGHAN first then PAKIS soon.

  • SLDude on July 20, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    Aussie team is not good as good like there were 4-5 years ago . They were completele betten in NatWest Series in england by 4-0, the heaviest defeat of an aussie ODI side in the history of limited overs internationals. They don't have great players like Ricky Ponting(x),adam gilchrist,Brett Lee,shane warne, glenn mcgrath etc anymore. They are heavily depend on their captain Michael Clarke. I am sure Sri Lankan Team can beat them in this summer. SL would take this as an opportunity to beat aussie in australia and make a history.

  • on July 20, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Oh!! Lions Will Rock In MCG... Love To See Matches In MCG!!

  • Chris_P on July 20, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Finally, a top drawing side to Brisbane (apart from England). I do the yearly trip to the Gabba & we often get to watch the lower crowd pullers. I get to the SCG, but usually with my family whereas the Gabba is a guys venture. I think the Saffers will be pleasantly surprised about what they will get on the Gabba pitch. I am afraid the Lankan fans might be largely disappointed. Don't forget, a developing Aussie team won the series in your back yard, whereas your team have always struggled here, even when much stronger than your present team. Pace will be the biggest difference, & this Aussie side has improved a lot in the past 12 months, but let us wait & see. Roll on summer.

  • Sinhaya on July 20, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs you mean we cant win the tests right? well dont forget we have won many ODIs in Australia. Well Thisara Perera and Herath can play a part in the test matches if we are to win any.

  • cricketfannik on July 20, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Pathetic season 4 teams will be there still no tri-series. I think they dont know how to make money thats why most aussie young players are going for Footy not cricket and look australia still re-building. Australia missed a beautiful chance for tri-series between srilanka\WI\AUS shameful. Fans thought they will see Mallinga Vs Gayle specially in neutral venue but Crick Aus doesnt want to do that, but ther forgot how much crowd they will draw. I hope WI says no to play 5 odis. 50 overs getting killed by these useless 7 odi and 5odi series. Who wants it we want points table where there is exictment. leave 3 finals 1 final would be enough but why WI playing after 2 days of SRI finishing. God bless colored clothing Cricket

  • Meety on July 19, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    @tanstell87 - half the period you go off, SL were minnows - LOL! In the last 15 yrs its 7-5 India in Tests & 46-37, India - which IMO is relatively close, big deal! @johnathonjosephs - bowling will be a concern. I would love to see Eranga get a chance, I think he is the closest thing SL have to Malinga in the test side. He shows promise, not sure why he hasn't played against anyone other than Oz? Given SLs lack of pace bowlers domestically in their FC structure, he should be treated like GOLD!

  • RandyOZ on July 19, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    Looking forward to another summer of Ricky Ponting domination. The best since Bradman.

  • yorkslanka on July 19, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    pleasantly surprised that we have got three tests from Australia but looking forward to it. realistically we will struggle to win the test series unless something amazing happens but hopefully we can compete..ODI's are a different story as last years CB series showed, the teams are far closer and will be interesteing to watch...some of our SL fans on here need to be realistic rather than trying to atagonise opposing fans constantly..all fans are passionate about their country but you must also be realistic and look at reaslitic expectations from our team...

  • torsha on July 19, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    What is the need for another series with SL? They could have tried Pakistan or NZ instead.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 19, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    I can't see Sri Lanka winning a single game due to their bowling attack. Herath won't help on these Australian pitches. Lets just hope Kulasekera and Welegedera will fire over there. Also should be grooming Perera's bowling for this series in particular

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 19, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    This is the good opportunity for SL to beat AU in AU and make a history.

  • on July 19, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    I swear Sri Lanka played Australia in Australia already how boring.

  • on July 19, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Damn people stealing Adelaide's special events.. First the Grand Prix, now this...

  • Sinhaya on July 19, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    @maddinson, yes we last beat Australia in our sole test win which occurred in Kandy in 1999 in that famous Waugh Gillespie dreadful collision. I agree our overall test record against Australia home and away is not very good as I have already stated below. But we can by all means draw inspiration from our recent ODI successes in Australia. Nothing can stop us from winning a test match against Australia as we have beaten England and South Africa many times in test matches. With Mahela being our captain, hope we play well in the test matches and justify granting us the marquee test matches of the Aussie summer. We can draw more inspiration from our Boxing Day triumph last year against South Africa in Durban too, so we have all to play for.

  • on July 19, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Great news for Sri Lanka..They never gave us a chance before,now its the time to win a test series in Australia..anyway Thank you Aussies !

  • sptp on July 19, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    Happy about the test series (Aus/SA and Aus/SL - 3 games each) but the ODIs! Give me a break! Separate ODI series Aus/SL and Aus/WI. How boring could it be playing with the same team over and over again! Last summer we had a cracker of a ODI - a 3 pronged series with all its permutations and combinations.

    Thumbs down Cricket Australia! You guys don't care about us - the fans!

  • maddinson on July 19, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    @Sinhaya it will be great if SL can beat Australia in a test match, we love competition, don't we? By the way when did last time SL beat Australia in a test match? (Including home matches)

  • first_slip on July 19, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Get Ajantha and Jeewan Mendis Injury free, and herath of course

  • tfjones1978 on July 19, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Its good to see that Australia is playing six tests a year at home again against two teams. Last year it was two against NZ and four against India, this year three against SA and three against Srilanka. Australia should look to host either Bang or Zimb before England tours Australia the following year in at least one test, prior to the five tests against England. The alternative is Ireland in an unofficial test in Australia. Most of the Irish team play in England so it would be a good warm up match for Australia before the English matches.

  • Nerk on July 19, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    The no-ball connection is quite funny. Last time SA played at Gabba Mekiff was no-balled out of a career for throwing. Last time SL played at MCG the same thing nearly happened to Murali. Hopefully, there will be no such controversies this time. Disappointed with only 3 tests against SA, but what am I going to do about it?! Should be a good summer of exciting cricket. Australia are a quickly improving side, have the third best pace attack in the world (and not too far off being the first). Batting is a real issue though. Top order is weak, middle order is weak. Most of the runs seem to be coming from the tail! I would like to see Clarke or Hussey take charge at 3, ease a younger lad in at 6 rather than throwing him at 3 (like what happened to Marsh.) Warner and Cowan look good, but need to be more consistant. Both SA and SL have a good chance at getting us, but Aus can and should win both series! Here's to good cricket, either way.

  • Sinhaya on July 19, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Thank you for confirming the itinerary officially. I knew Sri Lanka were to feature in the Boxing Day and new year's eve test. Thank you very much Cricket Australia for showing so much interest in us by calling us for a brief ODI series in 2010, 2012 CB series and again in late 2012 for a full summer of cricket. I know our test record against Australia home and away is not very good but our ODI and T20 record home and away against Australia is excellent and that was why we beat Australia 2-1 in 2010 and won 4 ODIs against Aussies in the CB series though we could not win the finals. I hope we can create history in Australia by winning a test match for the first time just like how we did it in South Africa in December last year.

  • s2art1e on July 19, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Steyn, Morkel & Co at the WACA could be quite tasty!

  • Sinhaya on July 19, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    @maddinson Sri Lanka will definitely do well in Australia. We were the first to beat Australia in a T20 in Australia which happened in 2010. We could have won the last Hobart test if not for Sanga getting an umpiring howler when on 192.

  • on July 19, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    wow there is nothing like full series against aussie, specially when there is a chance for us to beat them , atleast a 1 test win and sl favorites for odi's for sure,,,

  • doncl on July 19, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Sri Lanka playing 3 tests for the first time. I am so happy to hear that. It will be tough to beat Australia, but I hope they will give the best shot at it. Hopefully there are no injuries before the tour and our bowlers will be strong enough to take 20 wickets in Tests. Can't wait for the series. It's very rare to see 6 test matches in 3 month period. This is great news.

  • Rajeev129 on July 19, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Could have been interesting if either of India or Pakistan toured for a One Day series instead of West Indies. I think this is the weakest schedule among the 4 years span. But is the right time to find good balance in young Australian team.

  • Herath-UK on July 19, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Great News for Sri Lankan fans for a full tour down under.Sri Lanka turned out to be a much bigger opponent to England last summer than the Indians and again coming to the finals beating the Indians in the CWB series.I'm sure they will prove their mettle and do not forget a much weaker side under Dilshan beat the SAns in Durban last time. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • amilag on July 19, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Thank you cricket Australia! It is always wonderful battle between bat and ball when Sl and AUS play each other. Eager to watch..countdown begins...

  • tanstell87 on July 19, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @Ramansilva - if you want to talk competition, here are some stats - India v Sri Lanka tests 35 India won 14 SL won 6 / ODIs 134 India won 71 SL won 51....India has won 4 test matches in SL but SL has won none in India...India has won 19 ODIs in SL while SL has won only 11 in India...now that shows what kind of competition is Sri Lanka for India...CRICINFO please publish

  • rajithwijepura on July 19, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    I think this is the first time Australia gave 3 test matches to Sri Lanka. Good move Aussie.

  • duralsumo on July 19, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    To Gordo 85. There was a time when Sydney and Melbourne used to rotate to share the sixth test of the summer. This would have been a golden opportunity to do it this year but this may alienate Hobart. However I think Hobart should be put on notice. The lack of transportation options in Hobart on match day when I visited there last year is the reason I did not go to the third day of the test as I was not confident I would get back into town to catch my plane in time (ironically the game finished early on the day due to rain). However that said and done attendences for one of the best tests of the summer were poor. On this occassion Melbourne could have hosted a South African test. However it is at South Africas insistence that they no longer visit around holiday period as they feel it effects their crowds. It is interesting they will be hosting a T20 and not the traditional test.

  • raza24 on July 19, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka's performance earlier this year gave them a complete Australian series.Good to see THE LIONS on Aussie soil back.

  • on July 19, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    David_Boon the ICC require countries to play each other so often over about a 7 or 10 year period. Sth Aftrica wont give up a boxing day and neither will australia.

    Akshay Kapadia the Tri series was only back last summer to suit the indian TV rights. As not as many people turn up to see a neutral match as opposed to a match with australia playing in it.

    Hope the Windies put a better show than they did when they were last out here.

  • larsons96 on July 19, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    They should bring back the triangular series with SA coming back in Feb to play against WI

  • 9ST9 on July 19, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    used to be a time when we as cricket fans eagerly anticipated the aus. tri series at the end of each year. It was ditched in l 2008, and made a brief comeback would have been fun to watch SL, WI and AUS battle it out (last time was in 1995/6) i was kind of looking forward to it with WI now getting stronger it would have been a very open series - but i guess revenue won't be that much for the SL-vs-WI games, resulting it being scrapped. Still the Tri-series is very much a tradition and would be really nice if reinstated.

  • on July 19, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Great to see Aust getting a game against South Africa at the Gabba - dont think we've ever seen them here before. I will be there. The West Indies ODI's looks like yet another useless one day series for both sides.

  • popcorn on July 19, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    As Australia's HIGHEST RUN Getter, the HIGHEST number of Centuries and the MOST WINS as TEST Captain, Ricky Ponting deserves EVERY Accolade he can get. If only our youngsters had the same ZEAL for Fitness and Training, and the DESIRE to WIN as Punter has, Australia woill dominate Test Cricket for several Years to come. I see Michael Clarke taking after him in every respect.

  • Gordo85 on July 19, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    I was considering going to see my team South Africa play against Australia. But because of what I have read above I won't be going due to the fact there is no Test match in Victoria. The interesting fact is though that even if the MCG couldn't be used they could have considered playing a Test at Etihad Stadium. I know Etihad is not as good as the MCG but still I wanted to see Kallis play in the flesh before one day he will hang up the boots and the ball. This is where we miss Waverly Park it would have been a great second venue for a Test match but no it got knocked down what a great shame.

  • ckasun on July 19, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    This one will be a tester for the lankans.They have played reasonably well against ausssies in Australia at recent past.In 2007 They were almost wining at gabba despite of bad umpiring.In both short form of the game they have done extremely well in Australia wining series in 2010 and became runner up in 2012. It was almost lankans series apart from these batting should will be the key factor for visitors.This will be good opportunity for the visitors to take revenge for 2011 home series.

  • on July 19, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    Six test matches, absolutely awesome! Can't wait!

  • on July 19, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    They should make it 5 teams. Bring an Australia A , like the summer of 94/95 :-)

  • on July 19, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    What happen to the triangular series, I grew up watching it before it vanished and then returned this year, I want it back.

  • fan2011 on July 19, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    sri lanka will prove to be a fine challenge, specially since after S.A beats australi 3 - 0 with morals down. Sri lanka should be able to take advantage, Ponting will probably be playing for his place yet again or even not be in the side because of his 6 innings failures against SA, he was just able to keep his spot on the side because of pathetic india. Sri lanka is going to have to play the all rounders, Thisara perara, angelo mathews, Kula, and maybe even maharoof. Please don't go in with the useless spiners we have maybe herath but even his is just an average jo

  • on July 19, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    AGAIN sRILANKA TOURING AUSTRALIA FOR ONE DAYER AGREED THEY PLAY TEST AFTER GAP OF 5 YEAR BUT ONE DAYER THEY ARE PLAYING REGULARLY IN AUS 2007 (CB SERIES).2010(3 ODI WHICH THEY WON 2-1) CB SERIES

  • Ramansilva on July 19, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    @tanstell87, No wonder Cricket Australia has completely overlooked Indian team in its scheduling. They remember the poor competition that the Indian team offered when they toured down under. In contrast SL team offer better competition, so they are scheduled again. Wait and see, the matches will not be boring like SL-IND encounters.

  • jonesy2 on July 19, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    oh wow if ponting does that it will be an amazing occasion.

  • duralsumo on July 19, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Can someone from Cricket Australia advise why we cannot buy tickets until 4th October? The cricket club (based in Sydney) I play for is considering going to the Brisbane Test however trying to organise flights and hotels with less than a month makes it damn near impossible unless you undertake the overpriced packages offered by Cricket Australia. We will still go to Brisbane whether we get into the test match will remain to be seen. Thank You Cricket Australia for again taking the game from the average cricket player and supporting and selling it to the corporates.

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 19, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Ah, the "no big deal" summer, when we play 2 lots of 3 tests and a bunch of ODIs and a few T20s, rather than any serious 5 test series or ODI tri series.

  • David_Boon on July 19, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    What a joke of a schedule. Why bother hosting three separate countries for mini-series - should be 5 Tests against South Africa or Sri Lanka. If SA won't do 5 games then tell them to go home. Cricket Australia is destroying cricket by making the team play every nation in the world so often. Just play a proper schedule, with 5 match series and 5 ODI series. Have a minor team like West Indies or New Zealand come and play in the February period. Stop diluting the sport to cram the schedule with pointless games.

  • maddinson on July 19, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Australia vs SA will be cracker, should have been at least 4 test matches but SA want a T20 Boxing day match instead. Test series against SL will be one sided, as in past SL showed there are not good enough away from home particularly there heavy weigh batsmen.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 19, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Thank god Sri Lanka is allowed to play in Australia. How long has it been since they last played there? The most recent time (for a Test Match) I can recall is 6 years ago when Sanga hit 194 at Hobart

  • Geeva on July 19, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    As a cricket fan living in SA i am pleased to see Aus keeping the Boxing Day Test match.I think SL needed an extra warm up game to get used to the bounce.If SL play as well as they did in SA 2011/12 series then that will be good series!!But really looking forward to Aus vs SA at the Gabba bounce and pace from both attacks should be a treat to watch!Look to see an improvement by the West Indies!!Thanks cricinfo for the updates :)!!

  • mihir_nam on July 19, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    nice so Australia tour of India will also be finalized soon now, 4 Test . Possibility of 2 T20's before start of IPL.

    Well 5 ODI with West Indies can be replaced by some short tri series with Bangladesh or Ireland.

  • tanstell87 on July 19, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Indian fan here...just like India Sri Lanka matches are getting boring....soon Sl & Aussie fans will say Australia-Sri Lanka matches are getting boring...if i can recollect Sri Lanka played tri-series in Australia in 2003/2006/2008 & 2012....SL played 2 test matches in July 2004 in Cairns & Darwin....the islanders also played 3 Odis in October 2010....& now they are taking part in a full tour....how often Sri Lanka visits Australia...yet another bilateral series...i would have rather loved watching Australia,Sri Lanka & West Indies in a tri series...!

  • on July 19, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Interesting that 3 sides are visiting Australia this summer. SA for a test series, SL for a test, ODI and T20 series followed by WI for a ODI and T20 series. All 3 sides will not be pushovers so Australia will have to work very hard to achieve clean sweeps or even wins judging by their recent performance against SA, SL and WI. Expect great contests from all 3 teams. One sided contests are not exciting and not good value for money.

  • shanepe2003 on July 19, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Talking about S/L overseas poor test match performance? when was S/L played a test match last time @ MCG?(2003) Apart from 2010 Dec south Africa test series last time they visit South Africa for a test series year 2002. One should question how S/L can improve if they have not given opportunity.

  • alikhan224 on July 19, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Why no ODIs with south africa? should have played 5 ODIs with SA rather than the windies...would have been much more exciting...but nevertheless looks a fabulous season.

  • anver777 on July 19, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    It will be great..... if Ponting achieves that milestone before he quits...... My Best Wishes him !!!!!

  • sherishahmir on July 19, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Coming Australian summer will provide the great oppurtunities for SL and Proteas to beat ozzies in their backyard, probably ozzies going to have weakest team since SWaught took over the captaincy reign after winning the 99 worldcup and started the ozzie journey of remain undefeatable almost for a decade.

  • SriLankanLions on July 19, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Great! Really looking forward to this entertaining period of cricket. And I wish Aussies will come good in ODI's after being humiliated by English. Lions will have to find better ways to compete in the tests. Good luck to both the teams, SA and WI as well!

  • RJHB on July 19, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    So does this mean we'll never get to see the South Africans play ODI's in Australia again, unless its a winter tour which means only to be played in northern Australia? Never again at the MCG? And unless the SCG and MCG gets two tests in a summer, SA will never get to play a test in either Sydney or Melbourne again? Because those Boxing Day and New Years tests should never be moved anywhere else in the fixture. So thats what you'll be missing out on SA, pity, but hey the bullring is great too! Whatever.

  • Meety on July 19, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Forgot to mention, that the Saffas actually more or less ditched a chance to play in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG (possibly in front of over 80,000 people) for a Boxing Day T20! LOL! Each their own I 'spose!

  • on July 19, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    sa for the win. west indies ones are going to be boring

  • vicky300787 on July 19, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Australia i love you ur cricket is real cricket i miss gilly,lee,warne ,mcgrath,symond very much..pleaseplay with full of sports spirits since we love the that way go aussie gooooooooooo.....

  • LoveLanka on July 19, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Well, i am excited to see SL playing AUS in Austrailia. i am starving to see a victory in a test match against them. yes, what happened to Murali was a bad memory but that is history. the other thing still hurts me is when the umpire played to Ricky ponting's hand by giving Sanga out on 192 after the ball was caught after hitting the helmet. had it not happened it could have been an interesting test match. still sri lanka manage 410 chasing 500+ for victory. i want to see them using DRS so we wont have bad memories like that. recent AUS one day team is a bit shaky but no doubt about their test ability in there own soil. i am sure sanga wants to correct what happened in history and i (all SLns) want to see him making a double in AUS. good luck to SL & AUS. also want to thank all those SL fans out there who stay behing our heros whenever they visit AUS, to support them. Jaya veva.

  • Meety on July 19, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    I must say with the exception of Adelaide losing the Ozzy day fixture, the schedule looks pretty good. I think playing at Olympic Park is a good thing (short forms only), targetting the vast western sydney corridor. Canberra getting an International gig is great. I suppose I'd prefer to have the Saffas playing on Boxing Day at the G, but they have their own Boxing Day tradition they want to preserve. Must say I am most stoked of all about the Saffas coming to Brisvegas, great news. I often think that Brisbane gets the raw prawn sometimes when it comes to the scheduling, (except for the Ashes).

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  • Meety on July 19, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    I must say with the exception of Adelaide losing the Ozzy day fixture, the schedule looks pretty good. I think playing at Olympic Park is a good thing (short forms only), targetting the vast western sydney corridor. Canberra getting an International gig is great. I suppose I'd prefer to have the Saffas playing on Boxing Day at the G, but they have their own Boxing Day tradition they want to preserve. Must say I am most stoked of all about the Saffas coming to Brisvegas, great news. I often think that Brisbane gets the raw prawn sometimes when it comes to the scheduling, (except for the Ashes).

  • LoveLanka on July 19, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Well, i am excited to see SL playing AUS in Austrailia. i am starving to see a victory in a test match against them. yes, what happened to Murali was a bad memory but that is history. the other thing still hurts me is when the umpire played to Ricky ponting's hand by giving Sanga out on 192 after the ball was caught after hitting the helmet. had it not happened it could have been an interesting test match. still sri lanka manage 410 chasing 500+ for victory. i want to see them using DRS so we wont have bad memories like that. recent AUS one day team is a bit shaky but no doubt about their test ability in there own soil. i am sure sanga wants to correct what happened in history and i (all SLns) want to see him making a double in AUS. good luck to SL & AUS. also want to thank all those SL fans out there who stay behing our heros whenever they visit AUS, to support them. Jaya veva.

  • vicky300787 on July 19, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Australia i love you ur cricket is real cricket i miss gilly,lee,warne ,mcgrath,symond very much..pleaseplay with full of sports spirits since we love the that way go aussie gooooooooooo.....

  • on July 19, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    sa for the win. west indies ones are going to be boring

  • Meety on July 19, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Forgot to mention, that the Saffas actually more or less ditched a chance to play in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG (possibly in front of over 80,000 people) for a Boxing Day T20! LOL! Each their own I 'spose!

  • RJHB on July 19, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    So does this mean we'll never get to see the South Africans play ODI's in Australia again, unless its a winter tour which means only to be played in northern Australia? Never again at the MCG? And unless the SCG and MCG gets two tests in a summer, SA will never get to play a test in either Sydney or Melbourne again? Because those Boxing Day and New Years tests should never be moved anywhere else in the fixture. So thats what you'll be missing out on SA, pity, but hey the bullring is great too! Whatever.

  • SriLankanLions on July 19, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    Great! Really looking forward to this entertaining period of cricket. And I wish Aussies will come good in ODI's after being humiliated by English. Lions will have to find better ways to compete in the tests. Good luck to both the teams, SA and WI as well!

  • sherishahmir on July 19, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Coming Australian summer will provide the great oppurtunities for SL and Proteas to beat ozzies in their backyard, probably ozzies going to have weakest team since SWaught took over the captaincy reign after winning the 99 worldcup and started the ozzie journey of remain undefeatable almost for a decade.

  • anver777 on July 19, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    It will be great..... if Ponting achieves that milestone before he quits...... My Best Wishes him !!!!!

  • alikhan224 on July 19, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Why no ODIs with south africa? should have played 5 ODIs with SA rather than the windies...would have been much more exciting...but nevertheless looks a fabulous season.