Sydney, June 15 : India and Australia will play two Twenty20 internationals in Melbourne and Sydney later this year, while Brisbane''s Gabba has been allocated next summer''s first one-day international final. The second and third, if required, will be held at the Adelaide Oval.
Melbourne and Sydney have instead been allocated the summer''s two Twenty20 internationals - both Australia versus India - that are almost certain to attract bigger crowds than the tri-series finals, which is why the
83,500-capacity ANZ Stadium will host the Sydney match instead of the SCG.
Confirmation of the full 12-match tri-series with up to three finals is a victory for Cricket Australia, which had faced problems because of the conflicting Asia Cup.
That tournament, featuring India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh, was due to begin in Bangladesh on March 1, before the scheduled end of Australia''s tri-series. The Asia Cup will now start on March 12, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The two-Test series against New Zealand will begin at the Gabba on December 1 and end at Bellerive Oval no later than December 13.
India''s four-Test series will begin in Melbourne on Boxing Day and then move to Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. (ANI)
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