New South Wales, the home of cricket in Australia, will once again play centre stage to the best international cricket fixtures, teams and talent in the 2018-19 season with the elite nations of both the men’s and women’s game, India and Australia, to feature prominently in an action-packed summer of international cricket.

India is the No. 1 ranked Test and One Day International men’s team according to International Cricket Council rankings and the SCG will host the tourists for three matches, while the No. 1 ranked Australian Women play one T20 International at North Sydney Oval.

The SCG will host India in one T20 International, the unmissable Pink Test match in the New Year and a Day-Night One-Day International.

North Sydney Oval, is fast becoming known as the home of women’s cricket in Australia, and will again host International fixtures after the hugely successful Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Day-Night Test last season, as well as the very popular opening weekend of Rebel WBBL 03.

Sydney’s classic boutique cricket ground will welcome back the Australian Women’s Cricket Team for their first T20 International of the 2018-19 series against New Zealand.

Cricket NSW Chief Financial Officer Michael Dalton was proud to again host such fixtures.

“The Australian Women’s team will (kick) off the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Series against New Zealand at North Sydney Oval, a venue (that) has become synonymous with the best in women’s cricket,” Dalton said.

“Who could forget the record crowds that flooded into the oval to watch Sydney’s own Ellyse Perry achieving her milestone double century in the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes and the Sydney Sixers take on the Sydney Thunder in the opening weekend of the WBBL last season.”

“The match will also be simulcast on Channel 7 and Fox Sports, providing a wonderful opportunity to showcase the game to the nation in prime time.”

The last time the Australian Women’s team played New Zealand in a T20 series on home soil, the visitors prevailed 2-1, and a win in the opening match of the 2018-19 series at North Sydney Oval could be important in reversing that result.

A number of Lendlease Breakers are set to feature for Australia in the T20 series against New Zealand like world class players Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Rachael Haynes.

Perry was the leading-run scorer for Australia throughout the Women’s Ashes last summer. She compiled 351 runs at the remarkable average of 70.2 including a highest score of 213 not out at North Sydney Oval in the inaugural Ashes Day-Night Women’s Test.

The No. 1 Indian Men’s team will also seek an improvement on their results from four-years ago, where Australia defeated the tourists 2-0 in the 2014-15 Test series, incuding a draw at the SCG, and failed to register a win in the in the One-Day Tri-Series that same season.

“NSW cricketing fans could also not ask for more, than to see Australia test their mettle against number one ranked India across all three formats of the game at the SCG,” said Dalton.

The Australian and NSW Blues bowling quartet of speedsters Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and off-spinner Nathan Lyon will be key to the Australian prospects.

Lyon was magnificent for the national team the last time India visited Australian shores. He claimed 23 wickets for the Test series at 34.82.

At the release of the 2018-19 International schedule on the Gold Coast, Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said it promises to be another exciting summer of international cricket.

“This season also promises to be a big summer for our Australia Women’s team, which will open the international summer ahead of its ICC Women’s World Twenty20 campaign in the West Indies in November,” Sutherland said.

“They are currently ranked number one in the world and will be looking to defend this title over the summer against New Zealand.”

“All Commonwealth Bank Women’s International matches will also be broadcast on Seven and FOX SPORTS.”

“Our men’s international season structure changes slightly this summer, with Gillette One-Day and T20 International matches against South Africa and India in November. This will be a win for fans, with reduced overlap with the Big Bash.”

NSW International fixtures

Australia Women’s Team will compete in Commonwealth Bank Women’s T20 Internationals against New Zealand commencing in late September - First T20 I Australia v New Zealand, North Sydney Oval - 29 September 2018

Australia Men’s Team to take on ICC Number 1 ranked India in Test, ODI and T20I: T20I - Australia v India, SCG - 25 November 2018, Test - Australia v India, SCG - 3-7 January 2019, ODI - Australia v India, SCG - 12 January 2019

The Governor-General’s XI will play New Zealand on 28 February in a one-day day-night match at Drummoyne Oval and broadcast on Fox Sports

The full 2018-19 home International schedule can be viewed here.

Tickets for the Men’s International matches on sale from 8 June (with the Adelaide Test expected to go on sale in July), with Women’s International matches on sale from 3 August.

Fans wanting priority access to tickets should visit www.cricket.com.au/acf to sign-up.