The 2021/22 fixture for the Australian Summer of cricket looms as an exciting prospect for cricket fans and players alike.
The Men’s summer, headlined by the long-awaited Ashes series against old rivals England, will begin with a historic one-off Test against Afghanistan, with the first Test match between the two nations to take place between November 27 and January 18 at Blundstone Arena in Hobart.
Following the Test matches, Australia’s men will also play a three-match ODI series and a sole T20 against New Zealand, with a five-match T20 series against Sri Lanka to round out the Summer.
However, it’s Australia’s Women whose fixture is perhaps the most exciting, with not one, but two Test matches set to take place throughout the Summer.
The Women’s Ashes series is set to be played from January 27, the marquee Test fixture in Canberra to headline the series, which will also feature the traditional T20 and ODI fixtures.
In a huge bonus for women’s cricket, Cricket Australia has also announced a multi-format series between Australia and India, which will see the sides kick off the Australian international Summer with a seven-match series across September and October.
The series will most notably involve a day-night Test match, which will be the first time since 2006 that the Australian and Indian women’s sides have met in a Test fixture.
The Test will take place at the WACA from September 30-October 3, the first time since 2014 that Australia’s women have played a test at the venue, while the match will also become the second-ever women’s day-night Test.
The series will kick off with three ODI matches from September 19, with the T20s to conclude the multi-format series following the Test match.
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The 2021/22 schedule is fantastic for women’s cricket, with Australia’s women set to play two Test matches in the same season since touring England for the Women’s Ashes in 2005.
For India, it will be the first time its women have played two Test matches in the same calendar year since 2014.
However, an even more positive factor for the women’s game is that there will be almost no overlap between the men’s and women’s fixtures in the 2021/22 summer schedules.
It’s a fantastic prospect for both the women’s game and Australia’s scheduling as a whole, with the visibility and profile of women’s cricket set to benefit immensely.