New Perth Stadium most likely to host the first Test between India and Australia
Cricket Australia is expected to announce its schedule for 2018-19 summer next month.
Updated - Jan 9, 2018 10:12 pm
The new Perth Stadium is expected to host its first ever Test match in the next summer when India and Australia will lock horns in the first match. The iconic ground is now ready to stage international cricket after the historic WACA hosted its last Test match recently which was the third Ashes game where the home side also regained the urn. However, the huge new Stadium will officially open on January 28 with the One Day International between Australia and England.
Cricket Australia (CA) is expected to announce the itinerary for their next Australian summer for the 2018-19 season in the next month. There are also talks that they might ask India to play their first ever day-night Test in Adelaide which has become the traditional venue for the day-night spectacle. The Test match is likely to be played on a drop-in wicket to replicate the pace and bounce at the WACA.
What are the venues for other matches?
The Australian summer is expected to be launched in the New Perth Stadium in front of the 60,000 spectators witnessing the first Test of the four-match series between India and Australia. The second Test will be played in Adelaide which will also be a day-night game if the Indian board, which has been reluctant to play such Tests, agrees on the matter. The news was confirmed by Cricbuzz who also stated that the final two Test matches would be the Boxing Day Test and the New Year Test which will be played in Melbourne and Sydney.
Also, Sri Lanka will visit the Australian shores mid-January for a two-Test series, the first of which will be again historic as it will be hosted by Canberra for the first time ever. Meanwhile, Australia could be in line to play a Test series against Pakistan in the UAE ahead of their next summer. The two boards are expected to meet in due course and will discuss the matter soon.