Australia to play India in first Test at fortress Gabba

Australia to play India in first Test at fortress Gabba

Cricket Australia (CA) has announced its schedule for the global season, including a full tour from India and an inaugural Test against Afghanistan, although October's T20 World Cup appears likely to be postponed.

The Optus Stadium in Perth was the only venue where Australia could beat India in the last series, but there was a lot of criticism around India starting off at Adelaide, a more welcoming venue for Asian teams as compared to Gabba in Brisbane, which hasn't seen Australia lose a Test since 1988.

Eddings, in an email, asked the ICC that Australia be given rights to host the tournament next year, according to a report in the Times of India.

"If Perth received the India Test (this year) it would mean that Perth would have hosted two England Tests and two India Tests over the eight-year cycle for a total of four. whereas Brisbane would have only hosted two", Roberts said. They had been intimated in 2014 that the WACA stadium wasn't good enough to host India, but even building a new state-of-the-art stadium now seems insufficient.

CA's financial outlook has improved with India's four-Test tour, worth an estimated A$300 million ($200 million) in revenue to CA, set to go ahead in the home summer.

Australia has finalised Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney for the four-match Test series against India later this year.

Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts said the picture was "evolving every day" as he unveiled men's fixtures against Zimbabwe, the West Indies and Afghanistan, as well as India.

The India women's team will also travel to Australia for an ODI series with matches scheduled in Canberra (January 22), St Kilda (January 25) and Hobart (January 17). And in the national interest and ensuring we take high-profile Test matches to cricket fans in Queensland, it was a more well-balanced solution. "Assuming, of course, that we could get full crowds in play, that's when this schedule was determined", he added.

Australia have began loosening restrictions on their lockdown measures in a bid of completing a busy summer of cricket, which will also feature the T20 World Cup and a historic day-night Test against Afghanistan in Perth.

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