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Match schedules announced for cricket's 2015-16 summer


July 09, 2015

Click here for the full 2015-16 match schedule

Highlights:

  • Australia Day fixture hosted at Adelaide Oval
  • Adelaide Oval host first ever day-night Test Match from 27 November – 1 December
  • Day-night Round of Sheffield Shield with matches in Adelaide,  Melbourne and Hobart from 27-30 October ahead of first International day-night Test
  • Lincoln, NZ & Coffs Harbour to host Sheffield Shield matches
  • Matador BBQs One-Day Cup to be hosted exclusively in Sydney from 5-26 October
  • KFC Big Bash League’s fifth season to start Thursday 17 December
  • Inaugural Women’s Big Bash League to start  Saturday 5 December

Full schedules are available at cricket.com.au

  • Matador BBQs One-Day Cup
  • Sheffield Shield
  • Commonwealth Bank Test Series v New Zealand
  • Commonwealth Bank Test Series v West Indies
  • Victoria Bitter One Day International Series v India
  • KFC T20 Internationals v India
  • Women’s National Cricket League
  • Commonwealth Bank Women’s International Series v India

Cricket Australia today announced the international and domestic schedule of matches for the upcoming 2015-16 season that will see Australia play host to New Zealand, the West Indies and India.

Coming off the back of the biggest summer of cricket ever held in Australia, the men’s and women’s international schedules for 2015-16, the Sheffield Shield, Matador BBQs One-Day Cup and Women’s National Cricket League have all been confirmed.

The schedules for the KFC Big Bash League and inaugural Women’s Big Bash League will be announced this later week.

The Commonwealth Bank Test Series, announced last week, will see Australia take on Trans-Tasman rival New Zealand in Test cricket for the first time since 2011 when the sides tied their two-match series. 

It will face Australia in Brisbane (5-9 November) and Perth (13-17 November) before an historic day-night Test match at the Adelaide Oval (27 November – 1 December).

Australia will then face the West Indies in Test matches in Hobart (10-14 November), Melbourne (26-30 November) and Sydney (3-7 January).

ICC World Cup semi-finalist India will then travel to Australia in January for the five-match Victoria Bitter Series of One-Day Internationals and three KFC T20 Internationals. The T20 match-up with India includes an Australia Day fixture at the Adelaide Oval and the format’s return to the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) as part of a new-seven year agreement between Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW and the SCG Trust that will see the SCG play host to all international cricket in NSW from this summer.

Australia’s in-form women’s team, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, will also take on India in three One Day Internationals and Three WT20 Internationals.

The ODI series forms part of the ICC Women's Championship, which is key to Australia's campaign to defend their title at the ICC Women's World Cup in England in 2017.

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will be looking to retain their place at the top of the ICC Women's Championship points table. The three WT20 international matches will be played as double-headers prior to the men’s matches and will be broadcast live on the Nine Network.

All up the season will include more than 200 days of elite cricket action from October to March, covering all formats of the game.

This summer’s cricket follows on from the spectacular ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which proved to be a huge success on and off the field.

Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Operations Mike McKenna said:

“The ICC Cricket World Cup was the biggest sporting event in our country since the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000,” Mr McKenna said.

“Many Australians come from non-cricketing cultures and the World Cup was a great chance for the game to showcase itself and earn new fans from all parts of our increasingly diverse community.

“We want to build on this great momentum. Following the World Cup, we are determined that local Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Afghan, Sri Lankan and other overseas-born fans who packed Australia’s grounds with good-humoured noise and colour are able to maintain their passion for cricket as part of their adopted Australian lifestyles.

“This summer promises to be another history-making season for cricket in Australia. Test cricket will be played in every state including an inaugural day/night Test match between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide, a step designed to make following the cricket much easier for fans to attend the game or watch on television.

“New Zealand will be out for revenge following the World Cup loss to Australia, while the West Indies will be looking to fight back after its series loss to Australia last month in the Caribbean. 

“Then there’s the match-up between Australia and India, the world’s top-ranked teams in one-day international cricket through the Victoria Bitter Series.”

“These teams met in the semi-final of the World Cup in a match which saw more than 300 million fans watching on Star TV in India, and we want to continue to build a strong rivalry which will be on show throughout the summer.”

“We’re also pleased to be bringing more content to the SCG as part as part of a new agreement to host all international cricket in NSW at that ground. The partnership will see international Twenty20 cricket return to the SCG for the first time since 2010, adding to the Test and any One-Day International matches scheduled for Sydney as well,” concluded Mr McKenna.

Meanwhile the Sheffield Shield will be taken outside of Australia for the first time with a match between New South Wales and Western Australia to be played in Lincoln, New Zealand. The match will be used to help prepare the Australian Test side for its two matches against the Black Caps in February.

New South Wales and South Australia will play a shield match in Coffs Harbour as a tribute to the late Phillip Hughes from 25-28 February. The match is an opportunity for the local community to celebrate Phillip’s life and career alongside his former team mates, while supporting the game he was passionate about.

 

2015-16 Season Summary

 

INTERNATIONAL MATCHES

  • Commonwealth Bank Test Series
    • Two, three-match series against New Zealand and the West Indies
    • Gabba to open the International season when it hosts the first Test from 5-9 November
    • Adelaide Oval to host first ever International Day/Night Test
    • Hobart to host first Test Match in series against West Indies at newly refurbished Blundstone Arena
    • Victoria Bitter ODI Series v India
      • Five matches to be played in January between two powerhouses of world cricket
      • The ODI format has never been bigger following  the World Cup, many Aussie and Indian fans expected to fill the stadiums to see these two teams compete
      • KFC T20 Internationals
        • World-class Adelaide Oval to host India on Australia Day as part of a three-match double header series for Australia men’s and women’s teams. Men: KFC T20 Internationals - Australia v India; Women: Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v India. This also falls on India’s republic day.
        • Three Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars T20 Internationals v India played as double headers with the men and broadcast on the Nine Network
        • The series is important preparation ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016
        • Commonwealth Bank Women’s International Series
          • Six home matches for the 50- and 20-over world champion Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars
            • Three T20 Internationals against India
            • Three One Day Internationals against India
  • The WT20 International series will be played as double-headers with the men's series, providing greater exposure for women's cricket with all three matches televised by the Nine Network
  • The WT20 International series is important preparation for the Australian women's team as they aim to win their fourth straight ICC Women's World Twenty20 title in India in 2016

Men’s Domestic Season

  • Matador BBQs One-Day Cup
    • Marks the start of the Cricket season in Australia
    • Played from 5-26 October with 15 matches broadcast live on GEM – a game nearly everyday in a 23 match tournament
    • Following review of format over past few years, the tournament format will be continued with matches solely played at five grounds in Sydney
    • Great chance to watch some stars and upcomers at boutique cricket grounds across Sydney


    • Sheffield Shield
      • Continuation of day-night Shield trial. Round 1 of Sheffield Shield to be played as day-night matches in Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart
      • Coffs Harbour to receive shield match in round eight with NSW taking on South Australia
      • The first ever shield match will be played outside of Australia, at Lincoln in New Zealand to prepare potential Test players for the away series in New Zealand
      • KFC Big Bash League
        • Full schedule to be announced 12 July 2015

 

Women’s Domestic Season

  • Women’s Big Bash League
    • Inaugural season
    • Full schedule to be announced 10 July 2015
    • Women’s National Cricket League
      • Season to run from 9 October to 29 November
      • Same format as last year with 50-over
      • Arguably one of the strongest female domestic competitions in the world
      • NSW’s Lend Lease Breakers looking for 11th consecutive WNCL title


Ticketing Information


Australian Cricket Family

The best way for Australian fans to secure tickets to the 2015-16 international season is the Australian Cricket Family (ACF).

Membership is free and provides priority access and a discount to tickets (compared to pre-purchase and at-the-gate ticket prices). 

Members of the ACF who live overseas do not receive priority access to tickets. Fans have until 5pm AEST on Tuesday 11 August to register for the ACF and qualify for access to the priority ticketing period and other membership benefits. More information at www.cricket.com.au/acf.


On-Sale Ticket Dates for 2015-16 International Season

Tuesday 18 August 2015

ACF Gold Priority Period

Starts 9am (local time) in all states.  Period closes 5pm local time

Wednesday 19 August 2015 – Thursday 20 August 2015

ACF Priority Period

Starts 12pm (local time) in all states. Period closes 5pm local time on Thursday 20 August

Friday 21 August 2015

General Public on sale

Starts 10am (local time) in all states

Australians and overseas travellers wanting to travel to International matches should buy their ticket and accommodation packages from the Cricket Australia Travel Office, which are on sale soon. More information at www.cricket.com.au/travel.

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DON’T MISS ANY CRICKET ACTION

The Nine Network’s extensive coverage of cricket rolls on from the Qantas tour of the British Isles with the Matador BBQs One Day Cup, in October.  The Test Series versus New Zealand and the West Indies – including the historic Day/Night Test – will continue the Nine Network’s massive summer of cricket coverage and will culminate with the winning World Cup winning team taking on the might of India in five Victoria Bitter ODIs and three KFC T20 International’s.  Nine’s on-going commitment to women’s cricket will also see the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars three WT20’s broadcast on the network.

ABC Grandstand and Macquarie Radio Network will bring you ball-by-ball coverage of all of Australia’s Men’s International matches, whilst ABC will also bring you the Commonwealth Bank Southern Star’s WT20 matches.

Fans can also catch every ball of the 2015-16 summer with the Cricket Australia Live Pass. For further information visit www.cricket.com.au/promotions/cricket-australia-live/


This schedule is current as at 8 July 2015. Cricket Australia reserves the right in its absolute discretion to change or amend the program at any time, without notice.