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India, Sri Lanka to provide test opposition for Australia at home

India, Sri Lanka to provide test opposition for Australia at home
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First Published: Thu, Apr 19 2007. 01 21 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 19 2007. 01 21 PM IST
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Melbourne: Australia will play four home test matches against India and two against Sri Lanka later this year and in early 2008, Cricket Australia announced on 19 April.
Australia will also play the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy limited-overs series against New Zealand in December and will take on Sri Lanka and India in a one-day series in February and March of next year.
Canberra will host a one-day international between India and Sri Lanka, the first since 1992 in the Australian capital territory and only the second in history. That match will be played on 12 February, 2008.
Australia will play Sri Lanka in tests in Brisbane beginning on 8 November and in Hobart from 16 November. After Australia plays a Twenty20 match against New Zealand in Perth on 11 December, the two countries play three limited-overs matches in the Chappell-Hadlee series on 14 December in Adelaide, 16 December in Sydney and 20 December in Hobart.
India and Australia begin play in the first test on the traditional date of 26 December in Melbourne and switch to Sydney for the second test beginning on 2 January. The third test is scheduled to begin on 16 January in Perth and the fourth and final match on 24 January in Adelaide.
Australia and India play a Twenty20 match in Melbourne on 1February as a prelude to the limited-over series that begins on 3 February, when the same teams meet in Brisbane. Round-robin play continues until 29 February when Australia takes on Sri Lanka in Melbourne.
The first final involving the top two teams in the limited-overs series is set for 2 March in Sydney and the second on 4 March in Brisbane. A third, if necessary, would be played on 7 March in Adelaide.
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First Published: Thu, Apr 19 2007. 01 21 PM IST