The Australia men’s and women’s cricket teams are set for a hectic summer as they prepare for the Ashes campaign, which will headline their home season 2021-22.
The Vodafone Men’s Ashes Series will be a series of Test matches scheduled to be played in five venues across Australia between December 8th and January 8th 2022. Meanwhile, the Women’s Ashes are planned for January and February 2022 at Manuka Oval, in the nation’s capital. The tour will include one Test match, three WODIs, and three Wt20Is.
As reported by Sporting News, Australia Interim CEO Nick Hockley said they are thrilled to announce the men’s and women’s international fixtures for the 2021-22 summer of cricket. He notes that the lessons learned from the past successful summer amid the Covid-19 pandemic have given them the confidence to deliver a safe summer full of crowds and an Ashes’ atmosphere that everyone is accustomed to. Additionally, he thanked all the participating teams, citing that international touring and associated quarantine means additional work and sacrifice for all the teams and their staff.
The Australian women’s squad will kick off the hectic summer season with a clash between India in an all-format series. However, the details of the Asian side’s tour are yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, the men’s side, led by Tim Paine, will return to red-ball cricket in a one-off Test against Afghanistan at Hobart. After this series, Paine’s side is set to begin their gripping Ashes campaign on December 8th at the Gabba, Brisbane, in the first of five Tests. Australia will be defending their title as they get into the series.
The second Ashes Test in Australia’s upcoming series will be a day/night clash at the Adelaide Oval, starting from December 16th. The match will be right before the traditional Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Consequently, the men will play the New Year’s Test later than the usual date of January 5th. Eventually, the first of two Ashes series will wrap up at Perth Oval in the fifth and final Test, which commences on January 14th. This is the first time since the 1994-5 to hold the Test in Perth.
Soon after the scintillating men’s action, the multi-format Women’s Ashes will begin on January 27th in Canberra. The team captained by Meg Lanning hopes to defend their title as they take on England, starting with a Test match before a series of ODI and T20! Matches. The Australia matches will be split between the North Sydney Oval, Adelaide Oval, and Junction Oval. The women’s Australia upcoming series will employ the point-based system across all three formats of the tour.
Meg Lanning’s squad will then leave for New Zealand, where they will compete for the ICC Women’s World Cricket Championship, where they hope to regain the trophy they missed in 2017.
On the other side of the intriguing summer action, the men’s team will be shifting their focus on the Limited-Overs against New Zealand in three ODIs for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy and a T20I in late January and early February. Finally, they will finish their busy summer with a five T20I series against Sri Lanka on February 11-20.
Australia Upcoming Matches
Australia vs Afghanistan: One-time Test: November 27th to December 1st, Bellerive Oval
First test: 8.-12. December in the Gabba
Second test: 16.-20. December, day / night in the Adelaide Oval
Third test: 26.-30. December in the MCG
Fourth test: 5th-9th January at SCG
Fifth test: 14.-18. January at Perth Stadium
Chappell-Hadlee ODI series
First ODI: January 30th in Perth
Second ODI: February 2nd at Bellerive Oval
Third ODI: February 5th at SCG
T20I Series against New Zealand
Unique T20I: February 8th in the Manuka Oval
T20I Series against Sri Lanka
First T20I: February 11th at SCG
Second T20I: February 13th at the Gabba
Third T20I: February 15th at the Carrara Stadium
Fourth T20I: February 18th in the Adelaide Oval
Fifth T20I: February 20th at the MCG
Australia vs. India – TBC
One-time test: 27.-30. January in the Manuka Oval
First T20I: February 4th at the North Sydney Oval
Second T20I: February 6th at the North Sydney Oval
Third T20I: February 10th in the Adelaide Oval
First ODI: February 13th in the Adelaide Oval
Second ODI: February 16th at Junction Oval
Third ODI: February 19th at Junction Oval
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