Melbourne, Jun 23 UNI | 30 days ago

India's chances of defending their ICC World Cup crown in Australia and New Zealand next year were bolstered after Cricket Australia (CA) announced a Test series against the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side and a triangular ODI series, also featuring England, between December 4 and February 1 here.


The fixtures include four Test matches between India and Australia starting December 4 in Brisbane. The series' other games will be played in Adelaide (December 12 to 16), Melbourne (December 26 to 30) and Sydney (January 3 to 7).

After a break, the tri-series will start on January 16, the finale of which will take place on February 1 in Perth.

"The Fans in Brisbane will see the India Test team for the first time since 2003-04," Cricket Australia said in a statement.

The World Cup will roll out from February 14 and conclude on March 29.

"The next 12 months will have something for everyone. It contains some refinements from last season that benefits both players and fans. Never before have we had so much high quality cricket to offer around Australia, whether it's international or domestic, men's or women's, or played with a red or white ball," CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said.

"The 2014-15 schedule looks very different to previous summers due in large part to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 that we are co-hosting with New Zealand for the first time in 23 years.

"With a Test series against India, ODIs against the top teams in world cricket, the ICC Cricket World Cup and another strong domestic calendar, this year promises to be even bigger," Sutherland added. The complete Cricket Australia Schedule: T20 series:
Nov 5 1st T20 Australia v South Africa - Adelaide
Nov 7 2nd T20 Australia v South Africa - Melbourne
Nov 9 3rd T20 Australia v South Africa - Sydney
ODI series:
Nov 14 1st ODI Australia v South Africa - Perth
Nov 16 2nd ODI Australia v South Africa - Perth
Nov 19 3rd ODI Australia v South Africa - Canberra
Nov 21 4th ODI Australia v South Africa - Melbourne
Nov 23 5th ODI Australia v South Africa - Sydney
Test series: Dec 4-8: 1st Test Australia v India - Brisbane Dec 12-16: 2nd Test Australia v India - Adelaide Dec 26-30: 3rd Test Australia v India - Melbourne Jan 3-7: 4th Test Australia v India - Sydney ODI tri-series:
Jan 16 Australia v India - Melbourne
Jan 18 Australia v England - Sydney
Jan 20 England v India - Brisbane
Jan 23 Australia v England - Hobart
Jan 26 Australia v India - Sydney
Jan 30 England v India - Perth
Feb 1: Final - Perth.

(Posted on 23-06-2014)