Cricket fans in Australia have a lot to look forward to as Cricket Australia announced the fixtures for the upcoming 2023-24 season. Both the men’s and women’s teams are set to be in action with exciting series against top cricketing nations. The men’s team will host Pakistan and West Indies, while the women’s team will welcome West Indies, South Africa, and India.
The summer of cricket will kick off with the men’s team taking on Pakistan in a thrilling three-Test series, commencing on December 14 in Perth. This series promises to provide a stark contrast to their previous encounter in Pakistan, where they played on flat surfaces. The iconic Boxing Day Test will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), followed by the New Year’s Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Following the Test series against Pakistan, the Australian men’s team will face the West Indies in a comprehensive series. The action will begin with two Tests starting on January 17, including a highly anticipated day-night Test at the Gabba from January 25. Subsequently, the teams will engage in three ODIs and three T20Is in February, ensuring an exciting contest between two formidable sides.
On the women’s front, Australia’s cricket season will commence much earlier when they host West Indies in a series featuring three T20Is in early October, followed by three ODIs. The women’s team will then embark on a highly-anticipated tour of India in December and January, engaging in matches across all formats.
As the World Cup year approaches in 2024, the Australian women’s team will begin their preparations with three T20Is against South Africa in Canberra and Hobart. This will be followed by three ODIs, leading up to a historic one-off Test match against South Africa at the WACA stadium in Perth, starting from February 15. It will mark the first-ever women’s Test match between the two nations.
The upcoming cricket season promises to deliver thrilling encounters and exciting moments for fans across the country. The packed schedule reflects Cricket Australia’s commitment to providing high-quality cricket and showcasing the talent and competitiveness of both the men’s and women’s teams.