Cricket Australia’s international schedule released today reveals a host of international fixtures will be played in Sydney next season.
Sydney will bookend the summer, beginning with three Women’s Twenty20 matches against Sri Lanka at North Sydney Oval from late September and finishing in mid-March with two of three Men’s one-day matches against New Zealand to be played at the SCG.
The SCG will be centre stage for four matches, with a Men’s Twenty20 fixture against Pakistan in early November and the now traditional Pink Test in early January.
The summer will be enhanced by the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup, including the two semi-finals at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 5 March. Defending champions Australia will take on India in the opening match of the tournament at Sydney Showground Stadium that is home to the Sydney Thunder.
Women’s ICC T20 International Player of the Year for 2018 and NSW Breakers captain, Alyssa Healy, is set to feature prominently during that tournament for Australia.
Alongside Sydney Sixers captain Ellyse Perry and several others, Healy will be one of the star attractions of the tournament.
The SCG will host four Men’s International fixtures throughout the summer, more than any other ground in the country. This will include the annual New Year’s Test match, against the No. 2 ranked Test nation in the world, New Zealand. Australia is currently ranked 5th.
It will be the first time since November 1985 that New Zealand has played a Test match at the SCG. The fixture is the third of the series.
NSW may have up to seven players in the Test team with the much-anticipated return of Blues Steve Smith and David Warner in national colours along with recent Test debutant Kurtis Patterson and the entire bowling attack.
World No. 1 Test bowler Pat Cummins as well as fellow Blues pacemen Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Australia’s most successful off-spin bowler in that arena, Nathan Lyon, could again form the cornerstone of the Test attack for that match.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive Lee Germon was thrilled that Sydney will once again be a centrepiece for the 2019/20 summer.
“Next season is such an important period for the women’s game, in particular, and for Sydney to form such a pivotal part of the scheduling is very exciting,” Mr Germon said.
“All parts of the Sydney Metropolitan area will have the opportunity to witness elite International cricket.
“North Sydney Oval, the SCG and Sydney Showground will facilitate the four points of the compass and we encourage as many people from rural and regional parts of the state to also book their tickets and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”
The former New Zealand Test captain said he was especially looking forward to the New Year’s Pink Test.
“It should yet again be a magnificent occasion and enthralling contest,” said Mr Germon.
“The McGrath Foundation has made the Sydney Test far more than a cricket match but an event. Cricket NSW is proud to support the efforts of Glenn and his team raising very important funds to support those suffering with breast cancer.”
2019/20 International Schedule
Women’s Commonwealth Bank T20I Series v. Sri Lanka
Sunday 29 September 2019, North Sydney Oval (Day)
Monday 30 September 2019, North Sydney Oval (Night)
Wednesday 2 October 2019, North Sydney Oval (Day)
Men’s Gillette T20 International Series v. Pakistan
Sunday 3 November 2019, SCG (Day)
Men’s Domain Test Series v. New Zealand
Third Test, 3-7 January 2020, SCG
Men’s Gillette One-Day International Series v. New Zealand
Friday 13 March 2020, SCG (D/N)
Sunday 15 March 2020, SCG (Day)
Tickets on sale to public 23 May 2019.
New Year’s Pink Test against New Zealand at the SCG
Four Men's fixtures at the SCG; more than any other ground in the country
Seven matches during Women’s T20 World Cup including semi-finals at SCG