Australia announce dates for home ODIs and T20s
Hobart will not host a Test or ODI next summer for the first time in 25 years after Cricket Australia confirmed the schedule for its pared-back limited-overs fixtures against England. However, Bellerive Oval will hold one of three Twenty20 internationals against England as part of the longest bilateral T20 international series ever held in Australia, a three-match battle that will follow a series of five one-day internationals.
The dates for the Ashes Tests were announced in November and at the time Cricket Australia said the number of ODIs would be cut back to five, which would be the fewest one-day games in a home summer in 34 years. On Thursday, Cricket Australia released the fixture for the limited-overs portion of the summer, which will run from January 12 to February 2.
Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide will each host a one-day international before the action moves to Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney's Stadium Australia for the Twenty20s. It will be the first time since Bellerive Oval first hosted an international match in 1988 that the ground has not been given a Test or ODI in a season. It will also be the first time since India visited in 1977-78 that only one side has toured Australia in a summer.
Sunday January 12 Australia v England, 1st ODI, MCG
Friday January 17 Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Gabba
Sunday January 19 Australia v England, 3rd ODI, SCG
Friday January 24 Australia v England, 4th ODI, WACA
Sunday January 26 Australia v England, 5th ODI, Adelaide Oval
Wednesday January 29 Australia v England, 1st T20, Bellerive Oval
Friday January 31 Australia v England, 2nd T20, MCG
Sunday February 2 Australia v England, 3rd T20, Stadium Australia