Adelaide loses worldwide cricket on Australia Day


The tour will kick off in Australia from November 21 and will start with T20 clashes.

The second Test, which is scheduled for December 14-18, will be the first time that a Test match will be played at the Perth Stadium. Conditions in a day-night Test might tilt the balance in the hosts' favour, giving them the momentum for the series.

Instead the Gabba will host the first of two Tests against Sri Lanka, a day-nighter from January 24 which runs over the Australia Day long weekend.

The series will feature three T20 internationals and three one-dayers in Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne, with a match between New Zealand and a Governor-General's XI on February 28.

The move is being seen as a further slide down Australia's cricket stadium. Though, now, India will not play any day/night game in the coming season, which starts with historic Test match against Afghanistan.

Australia have an enviable test record at the Gabba in Brisbane, being undefeated there since 1988.

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All three matches will be broadcast live. "Going forward the players are interested in exploring more long-form cricket opportunities, particularly after such a successful Ashes Test previous year".

Mr French was also delighted to continue hosting the PM's XI, a highlight of the Canberra sporting calendar.

The Carrara venue, which is the home ground of the AFL's Gold Coast Suns and recently staged the athletics at the Commonwealth Games, may be considered for use during the 2018/19 Big Bash League.

"The Prime Ministers XI will also return to television broadcast for the first time in six years meaning more eyes will be on us and the broader Canberra region".

"Since being confirmed as a Full Member of the International Cricket Council in June 2017, we have seen unprecedented interest in Irish cricket - most notably from a range of potential broadcast partners". "We're certainly very supportive".

The chief executive continued: "We've only every had three people who've played 100 - Dan Vettori (112), Stephen Fleming (111) and Brendon McCullum (101) - so that feels about right". The ticket sale date for the PM's XI is still to be announced.