Further schedule changes confirmed ahead of the Vodafone Ashes
November 05, 2021
Cricket Australia has today confirmed updates to the 2021-22 summer of cricket schedule, including the postponement of the scheduled men's Test against Afghanistan and further Marsh Sheffield Shield, Marsh One-Day Cup fixtures, as well as men’s Ashes tour matches.
Following extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders, Cricket Australia and the Afghanistan Cricket Board have agreed to postpone the inaugural men’s Test match against Afghanistan which was set to be played in Hobart on November 27.
CA is committed to support growing the game for women and men in Afghanistan and around the world, however, given the present uncertainty, CA felt it necessary to postpone the Test match until a later time when the situation is clearer. CA looks forward to hosting Afghanistan players in the BBL this season, who are great ambassadors for the game, and to hosting both the Afghanistan women’s and men’s team in the not too distant future.
To ensure the best possible preparation for the Vodafone Men’s Ashes Series, an extended Australian squad will have an internal three-day match opportunity from December 1-3 at Redlands in Brisbane. The squad will be selected and announced in mid-November.
England has also had its tour matches confirmed with a three-day warm up match between the England men’s team and the England Lions scheduled at Redlands from November 23-25.
The two England sides will also play a four-day warm up match at Ian Healy Oval in Brisbane from November 30 to December 3, with the recently developed oval part of the new state-of-the-art National Cricket Campus.
That will be the final preparation for both sides before the Vodafone Men’s Ashes Series commences at the Gabba on December 8, while Australia A will face the England Lions in a four-day match at Ian Healy Oval from December 9-12.
Following the change to the Test schedule, Tasmania and Western Australia will play their upcoming Marsh Sheffield Shield match at Blundstone Arena on November 21-24 and a Marsh One-Day Cup match on November 26.
South Australia will host Queensland in Adelaide for a Marsh Sheffield Shield match from November 23-26 at either Karen Rolton Oval or Adelaide Oval (depending on location of WBBL finals). The two sides will then play the final Marsh One Day Cup match before the KFC BBL break on November 28 at Adelaide Oval.
Victoria and New South Wales have also had additional matches added to their November men’s domestic schedules, with the two sides set to face off in a third Marsh Sheffield Shield match from November 19-22 at the SCG and a Marsh One-Day Cup match at the same venue on November 24.
Peter Roach, Cricket Australia’s Head of Cricket Operations and Scheduling, said:
“The eve of an Ashes summer is an exciting time for every cricket fan, and it’s fantastic to confirm a schedule that provides both teams with some excellent preparation in the lead up to the first ball at the Gabba.”
“Just as importantly, we’re pleased to continue the Marsh Sheffield Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup competitions to ensure players are getting the opportunity to put their hand up for selection in Australia’s red and white-ball teams.
“It’s brilliant to see so much elite cricket being played, particularly at the redeveloped Ian Healy Oval, and there is no doubt both the English and Australian teams are going to be well prepared leading into the first Vodafone Ashes Test."
Marsh Sheffield Shield
November 19-22: New South Wales vs Victoria – SCG
November 21-24: Tasmania vs Western Australia – Blundstone Arena
November 23-26: South Australia vs Queensland – Adelaide Oval or Karen Rolton Oval
Marsh One-Day Cup
November 24: New South Wales vs Victoria – SCG
November 26: Tasmania vs Western Australia – Blundstone Arena (Day-night)
November 28: South Australia vs Queensland – Adelaide Oval
November 23-25: England vs England Lions – Redlands, Brisbane
November 30 – December 3: England vs England Lions – Ian Healy Oval, Brisbane
December 9-12: Australia A vs England Lions – Ian Healy Oval, Brisbane