Sport Cricket Ashes 2021-22 locked in for Australia’s men and women

Ashes 2021-22 locked in for Australia’s men and women

Australia is likely to take on England again this summer in a battle for the Ashes. But how will it work? Photo: AP
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A bumper Ashes summer for Australia’s men’s and women’s teams has been locked in, and includes an historic season-opening Test for the men.

For the first time since gaining Test status, Afghanistan will play a five-day match in Australia, with Hobart the venue for the inaugural red ball clash between the two nations.

That Test will also serve as crucial preparation for Australia’s men’s team ahead of the Ashes, which begin at the Gabba on December 8.

The order of venues has been shuffled for this summer too, with Melbourne’s traditional Boxing Day Test now the third match of the series and the SCG Test the fourth. Perth Stadium will host the fifth Test on January 14.

The Women’s Ashes will benefit from clear air on the schedule and will begin with a Test match at Canberra’s Manuka Oval on January 27.

Three T20s and three ODIs complete the multi-format Women’s Ashes series as Meg Lanning’s team bids to retain the urn again.

Australia’s women will look to retain the Ashes on home soil. Photo: Reuters

The women will tune up for the Ashes against touring India, though details of that series have yet to be confirmed.

T20s and ODIs against New Zealand and Sri Lanka in February round out a busy international summer for the men.

Cricket Australia is hopeful crowds will be permitted at near-capacity by the time the summer arrives, and even holds out slim hope of welcoming a small contingent of English fans.

“We would absolutely love for the English fans to come,” CA’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley said.

“We speak to the Barmy Army a lot and they would absolutely love to be here to support, but I think everyone understands the current situation.

“It’s pleasing to see the vaccine rollout in Australia, and it’s also encouraging to see the UK opening up so we just have to watch and hope.

“But our current thinking is there are likely to be international travel restrictions in place up until the end of the year.”

Full schedule

Australian Women’s Team v India — TBC

Men’s Test v Afghanistan

November 27 – December 1: Blundstone Arena

Men’s Ashes Series

December 8 – December 12: The Gabba
December 16 — December 20: Adelaide Oval
December 26 – December 30: MCG
January 5 – January 9: SCG
January 14 – January 18: Perth Stadium

Women’s Ashes – Test

January 27 – January 30: Manuka Oval

Women’s Ashes – T20I

February 4: 1st T20I – North Sydney Oval
February 6: 2nd T20I – North Sydney Oval
February 10: 3rd T20I – Adelaide Oval

Women’s Ashes – ODI

February 13: 1st ODI – Adelaide Oval
February 16: 2nd ODI – Junction Oval
February 19: 3rd ODI – Junction Oval

Men’s ODI Series v New Zealand

January 30: Perth
February 2: Blundstone Arena
February 5: SCG

Men’s T20I Series v New Zealand

February 8: Manuka Oval

Men’s T20I Series v Sri Lanka

February 11: SCG
February 13: The Gabba
February 15: Carrara Stadium
February 18: Adelaide Oval
February 20: MCG