March 8, 2003

Dates change for second West Indies v Australia Test

The West Indies Cricket Board has changed the dates for the second Test of the Cable & Wireless 2003 Cricket Series between West Indies and Australia at Port of Spain, and the subsequent three-day match between the University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor's XI and the visitors at Cave Hill.

The second Test now commences on Saturday, April 19, at the Queen's Park Oval, while the three-day match that follows will start the following Saturday, April 26.

"Both the WICB and the Australia Cricket Board realised that the first day of the Test fell on Good Friday after we had concluded discussions on the itinerary," remarked Michael Hall, chief cricket operations officer of the WICB.

"Naturally, given the importance of this holy day, the two boards agreed that the match should start a day later than scheduled forcing the three-day fixture to also start a day later."

West Indies face Australia in the Cable & Wireless 2003 Cricket Series that comprises four Tests and seven limited-overs internationals from April 2 to June 2.