Melbourne, Sep 11: India will play four Tests against Australia during their tour Down Under in 2014-15. Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney will be the venues for the matches, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Wednesday. The exact dates of the tour will be announced later.
CA has tonight confirmed its decision that, subject to the resolution of certain conditions, Adelaide and Brisbane will join Melbourne and Sydney as the four cities that will host Test matches in the 2014-15 international season, the Australian cricket board said in a media statement.
In an extremely rare occurrence for Cricket Australia, there will only be four Tests played against the touring Indian side in a season that culminates in Australia co-hosting the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, it added.
CA Chief Executive James Sutherland said: "Unfortunately due to the unique nature of the schedule next season, with a World Cup year, there was going to be a couple of States disappointed about our Test match allocation."
"This was certainly one of the more difficult programming issues that Cricket Australia has faced and all the pros and cons of each option were weighed up very carefully before making our decision," he added.
Perth is disappointed at not getting to host a Test. WACA Chief Executive Christina Matthews said: "The WACA is extremely disappointed in this decision. The fans in WA have consistently supported Test cricket at the WACA and we are devastated that thousands of loyal cricket fans will not be able to see the Test match live against India."
The exact dates of these Test matches and the remainder of the 2014-15 International Schedule is yet to be confirmed, CA said.