India’s tour of Australia confirmed, MCG to host Boxing Day Test

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Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday confirmed that India’s Tour of Down Under is just a month way beginning with a first ever day-night Test in Adelaide between the two countries.

CA said that the Boxing Day Test has been “scheduled for the MCG in a further boost for residents of Melbourne, with the city on Monday recording its first day with zero new cases of COVID19 since July and with state premier Daniel Andrews announcing significant easing of the state’s lockdown conditions”.

“In relation to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, we are working with the Victorian Government and the Melbourne Cricket Club on plans to safely host spectators at the iconic event with details to be confirmed in due course.,” CA’s interim CEO Nick Hockley said in a statement.

A Victorian government media release stated that the Government, MCC and Cricket Australia will develop a rigorous COVIDSafe plan based on the most up-to-date public health advice to enable a limited number of fans to safely attend the Test this year.

Crowd numbers will be confirmed closer to the match, but will be capped at around 25,000 spectators—a quarter of the MCG’s capacity, the release added.

“The Border-Gavaskar Trophy is one of the most fiercely contested in cricket and world number-one Australia will be seeking to take it back from the visitors this summer. India won the last Boxing Day Test played between the two sides, in 2018 when victory confirmed it would retain the trophy,” the release further added.

The full schedule of India’s tour Down Under begins with limited-overs matches in Sydney and Canberra, according to Cricket Australia.

Team India is “expected to arrive en masse on a chartered flight from Dubai on November 12—the IPL final is scheduled for the early hours of November 11, Australian time—and enter hotel quarantine, although the Australian Border Force still needs to approve the travel plans.

“The Australian IPL contingent and India’s squad, which was named earlier this week, should clear quarantine on November 26 and will play the opening match of the Series at the Sydney Cricket Ground the following day, November 27.”

On November 20, SCG will host the second ODI before the series moves to Canberra’s Manuka Oval for the third ODI on December 2. All three ODIs will be day-night affairs.

Both Australia A matches will be live streamed on cricket.com.au and the CA Live app.

AUSTRALIA VERSUS INDIA

ODI Series
  • First ODI: November 27, SCG
  • Second ODI: November 29, SCG
  • Third ODI: December 2, Manuka Oval
T20 INTL Series
  • First T20: December 4, Manuka Oval
  • Second T20: December 6
  • Third T20: December 8
Tour matches
  • Australia A v India A, December 6-8, Drummoyne Oval
  • Australia A v Indians, December 11-13, SCG (day-night)
Test Series v India
  • First Test: December 17-21, Adelaide Oval
  • Second Test: December 26-30, MCG
  • Third Test: January 7-11, SCG
  • Fourth Test: January 15-19, Gabba

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