Adelaide: Australia will split up its five Ashes Tests against England over the next southern hemisphere summer with a triangular One-day series with Sri Lanka, the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) said on Tuesday.
|Facing a scheduling bind with the Australian team due to depart for the World Cup in South Africa on January 29, 2003, the ACB has decided to stage three Tests in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, before playing five Limited Over internationals leading up to the fourth Test in Melbourne. The fifth Ashes Test will take place in Sydney from January 2 to 6 before the remainder of the triangular One-day tournament is played leading up to a best-of- three match finals series on January 23, 25 and 27. "With the cooperation of the players, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control of Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL), cricket followers around Australia will still enjoy a full summer of cricket, despite the compressed time- frame," said ACB chief executive James Sutherland on Tuesday. "While a blocked format remains our preferred schedule, it simply wasn't possible to program the season in this way next summer." In a break from tradition, Adelaide stands to stage an additional game if the One-day series goes to a third final, with the last game of the summer scheduled for the Adelaide Oval. The international season begins on October 22, 2002, with the traditional ACB Chairman's XI game against England in Perth. The first Test between Australia and England starts in Brisbane on November 7, 2002. Sri Lanka joins England and Australia for the triangular series, arriving in Australia on December 11 2002 to play a tour match against Australia 'A' in Brisbane on December 15. Sri Lanka's One-day series campaign commences two days later against England at The Gabba in Brisbane. |