Melbourne, June 14: Who remembers the excitement spawned by a tri-series Down Under? Well, the one-day contest where Team Australia hosts two visiting squads, is all set to make a return over the summer in the continent. With India and Sri Lanka figuring as the two touring teams in the fray, audiences are in for some rip-rollicking action.
The last time a triangular tournament unfolded in Australia was back in 2007-2008. Now a reprise of that cricketing tradition has been brought about to fill in the requisite number matches for subcontinental television rights, needless to say that such an operation will replenish Cricket Australia's coffers.
"ICC Cricket World Cup winner India is also the number one-ranked Test team in the world at the moment," said James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive. "Sri Lanka has also been in great form as we saw in the World Cup, while we know New Zealand is always a formidable opponent that thrives when playing Australia.
The Aussie summer will kick off with two Tests against New Zealand and four against India, starting with Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, before India and Australia clash in two Twenty20 Internationals and transition into the tri-nation series.