Cricket Australia (California) has released the year-end Ashes Test series schedule consisting of five games. The long-awaited series is scheduled to begin on December 8 at Brisbane’s Gabba. California Also released was the schedule for a multi-format female Ashes to be played shortly after the conclusion of the men’s event series, which includes one event, three ODIs and three T20Is.
The first match of the series will be played at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, where the hosts have only lost once since 1988. Earlier this year, India broke Australia’s dominance at Gabba to win the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The test at Gabba will be followed by the only day and night test at Adelaide Oval. The six-week series will conclude in Perth at the new Optus Stadium.
The recently released delayed dates are due to the pandemic and consequent travel restrictions, which impose mandatory quarantine protocols that players must follow. According to these protocols, they will need to be isolated for almost half a month. For Ashes in particular, the dates were further pushed back due to a delayed start to the T20 World Cup to be played in India during October and November.
Ahead of the series with England, Australia is also scheduled to play its first red ball series with Afghanistan at home, starting Nov. 27. This series was previously scheduled for 2020-21 and was delayed for another year due to the pandemic.
Some of the English Test players will be traveling to Australia in advance, along with those associated with the T20 World Cup team. As for prep games, CA has yet to decide on the schedule, as well as whether fans from abroad could be part of the crowd. Nick Hockley hinted that English fans might be back in the stadiums, but the Australian government will have the last word.
Ashes of men
December 8-12: First Test, The Gabba
December 16-20: Second Test, Adelaide Oval
December 26-30: Third test, CGM
January 5-9: Fourth test, SCG
January 14-18: Fifth round, Perth Stadium
Ashes of women
January 27-30: Test match, Manuka Oval
February 4: First T20, Sydney North Oval
February 6th: Second T20, Sydney North Oval
Feb. 10: Third T20, Adelaide Oval
February 13th: First ODI, Adelaide Oval
February 16th: Second ODI, oval crossover
February 19th: Third ODI, oval crossover