Australia Mens team will begin their Ashes title defence with the first of the five Tests at the Gabba in Brisbane from December 8 in a bumper summer schedule announced by Cricket Australia on Wednesday. The national womens team, too, begin their quest for a third consecutive defence of the trophy in an across-formats series beginning with the one-off Test at the Manuka Oval in the Australian capital from January 27.
Ahead of the Ashes, Australia will host Afghanistan for the first-ever red-ball fixture between the two nations, from November 27. The match was originally pushed back a year from the 2020-21 season owing to significant disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
1st Test: December 8-12, Gabba
2nd Test: December 16-20, Adelaide Oval (D/N)
3rd Test: December 26-30, MCG
4th Test: January 5-9, SCG
5th Test: January 14-18, Perth
Lock in these dates. Two huge #Ashes series are coming right up! ?— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) May 19, 2021
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We have confirmed the Men’s and Women’s Ashes schedule for 2021-22 to be staged in Australia!— England Cricket (@englandcricket) May 18, 2021