Melbourne: Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed that their opening match of the Test series against India will be held at the Adelaide Oval, however, they are still trying to convince the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to play it under lights.
The statement comes after CA released its entire 2018-19 international fixture, comprising of 22 matches across the formats, without confirming whether it would continue its recent tradition of hosting a pink-ball match at Adelaide Oval.
It should be noted that Adelaide Oval had hosted day-night Tests against New Zealand, South Africa and England in recent years.
Reflecting on the same, chief executive James Sutherland said, “It is our preference that we play India in a day-night Test match in Adelaide, but we are still working through this detail and hope to have an answer on this in the coming weeks.”
Australia are slated to play three-match T20I series against India from November 21 to November 25 followed by their Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Adelaide from December 6.
The two sides will then play their second Test in the newly-built Perth Stadium (December 14-18) before the series will head to Melbourne and Sydney for the traditional Boxing Day and New Year’s games.
Subsequently, Australia will play three-match ODI series against India, beginning January 12 at the Sydney Cricket Ground, ESPNcricinfo reported.
Australia’s international schedule will begin with a three-match ODI series against South Africa from November 4 to 11 before the two sides head into the one-off T20I match on November 17 on the Gold Coast, which is the first-ever international game at the Metricon Stadium.
Following series against India, Australia will end their season with the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in Brisbane under lights at the Gabba (from January 24 to 28) and the second match at the Manuka Oval in Canberra (from February 1 to 5).