Cricket ACT and the ACT Government have welcomed Cricket Australia’s 2021/22 International Fixture announcement today with Manuka Oval named to host its second International test match - the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Test.

Canberra cricket fans will be treated to the four-day fixture between rivals Australia and England from January 27-30 2022, the first women’s international test match to be played at the venue.

Manuka Oval hasn’t hosted a test since 2019 when it hosted a men’s fixtures between Australia and Sri Lanka, earning the long-awaited title of becoming the 11th Australian Test match venue.

The Australian men’s team will also travel to Canberra for a Dettol Men’s T20I v New Zealand on February 8.

Cricket ACT CEO Olivia Thornton said. “We are thrilled to welcome the Australian women’s team to Canberra to open their Ashes campaign and the men’s team for an exciting T20 fixture against New Zealand,”

“Manuka Oval has demonstrated time and time again that it is one of the best boutique cricket grounds in the country and it is fitting that it continues to attract top quality fixtures each year.

“We do not underestimate the importance of giving local fans the opportunity to watch their favourite Australian players in action in their own backyard. After one of our biggest summers last year we have seen a significant increase in our school participation numbers which proves that access to top level cricket has the power to inspire the younger generation to play and love cricket.

“Thank you to Cricket Australia and the ACT Government for your ongoing support of cricket in our region and we look forward to all working together to deliver another big summer for our community.”

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said. “Following on from the first ever Test Match in 2019, an extraordinary ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 tournament and the biggest summer of cricket ever in 2020-2021, we are delighted to host these international fixtures to once again give Canberrans and our visitors the chance to enjoy first class cricket.

“We’re excited to work closely with Cricket Australia and Cricket ACT to once again showcase Manuka Oval to the world.”

Cricket ACT is also pleased to welcome the return of the Prime Minister’s XI this coming summer after being put on hold last year due to COVID-19. Details will be made available in the coming weeks.

2021/22 International Fixtures - Canberra

Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes – Test - January 27 – January 30: Manuka Oval

Dettol Men’s T20I Series v New Zealand - February 8: Manuka Oval

To view the full Cricket Australia fixtures, click here.