Adelaide set to host opening Test on India's tour of Australia

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Cricket Australia confirmed on Monday that Adelaide Oval will be the venue for the series-opening test against India but has yet to strike an agreement with the Indian board (BCCI) on staging the match under lights.

The statement comes after CA released its entire 2018-19 global fixture, comprising of 22 matches across the formats, without confirming whether it would continue its recent tradition of hosting a pink-ball match at Adelaide Oval.

Australia has hosted New Zealand, South Africa and England in day-night tests at Adelaide Oval, winning all three of the pink ball matches.

Cricket Australia (CA) yesterday said that they are trying to convince the BCCI that the first match of the four-Test series, starting December 6, be played using the pink ball. Though, now, India will not play any day/night game in the coming season, which starts with historic Test match against Afghanistan.

India's tour will kick off with a three-match Twenty20 worldwide series in November after Australia start the home summer with four limited overs matches against South Africa.

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The decision by Cricket Australia reiterates their committment to developing professional cricket on the Gold Coast.

" Overall, there are more global matches being played across more locations around the country than in previous years, and we believe this program has something for all cricket fans".

The newly built Perth Stadium will make its debut as a Test venue when it hosts the second Test.

Ireland and Afghanistan were awarded full-member status by the International Cricket Council last June, expanding the number of Test-playing nations from 10 to 12. "There, we will also deliver a large-scale community festival in partnership with the Victorian Government, which will be a terrific celebration of Indian culture".

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Day-night Test has had been part of the Cricket Australia's summer fixture for the last few seasons and Australia's record in "twilight" home Tests so far is fabulous.

South Africa will play three ODIs from November 4 to 11, and a one-off T20 on November 17, which is the first ever global game at the Metricon Stadium in Gold Coast.

The Carrara venue, which is the home ground of the AFL's Gold Coast Suns and recently staged the athletics at the Commonwealth Games, may be considered for use during the 2018/19 Big Bash League.

The T20I will be followed by 4 test matches and one One Day International.

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