The men’s international summer will commence with the three-match Dettol ODI Series at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 27 and 29 before heading to Manuka Oval in Canberra for the third match on December 2.

After the ODI series, the three-match Dettol T20 International Series will begin at Manuka Oval on December 4. The teams will then travel to Sydney and play the final two T20 matches at the Sydney Cricket Ground on December 6 and 8.

Both white ball series will be keenly contested. The Australian men’s team is fresh from an away ODI series win over world champions England, while India holds a slight edge over its rival in the 50-over format with a 12-11 win-loss record against Australia over the past five years.

The Australian men’s team is currently ranked No. 1 in the world in the ICC’s T20I rankings and posted a thrilling 2-0 away series win over India last year. India, however, holds a 5-4 win-loss advantage over Australia in its past ten T20I matches.

Cricket ACT CEO James Allsopp commented, “Cricket Australia, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket ACT, the ACT Government, the NSW Government and SCG Trust have put a tremendous amount of work in to secure the Dettol white ball men’s internationals in Sydney and Canberra respectively.

Many iconic summer events in the ACT have been forced to be cancelled due to Covid so the opportunity to watch the cricket powerhouse that is India versus a full strength Australian team live at Manuka Oval this December is something many Canberrans will be eagerly looking forward to. They will be the hottest tickets in town.”

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr added, “In what has been a challenging year for Canberrans, it is great news that Manuka Oval has been chosen as a venue by Cricket Australia to host international cricket this summer.

“Bringing international cricket back to Manuka Oval will provide another opportunity to witness world-class sport in our city.

“After our biggest summer of cricket in the 2019/20 season, watching Australia and India continue their rivalry will provide a great spectacle to kick off summer in our capital.”

Mr Allsopp continued, “There will of course be a significant biosecurity overlay to these fixtures which will impact on attendance capacity at Manuka Oval which we are working through diligently with the venue. We greatly appreciate the support of the ACT Government and Venues Canberra in recent weeks to be able to make today’s announcement. Whilst the venue is booked for these matches, we understand it is imperative that the Chief Health Officer is satisfied with Cricket Australia’s biosecurity plans and that they align with the Territories current health directions, which we will ensure will be the case.”

The battle for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will begin with a day-night encounter at the Adelaide Oval on December 17, followed by Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (December 26), the Sydney Cricket Ground (January 7) and the Gabba (January 15).

The Adelaide fixture will be the first day-night Test played between the Australian and Indian men’s teams, adding historic significance to a series between two of international cricket’s superpowers.

Neither side has lost a day-night Test previously, with the Australian men’s team winning all four twilight Tests in Adelaide against New Zealand, South Africa, England and Pakistan, and India winning its only encounter at Eden Gardens versus Bangladesh in 2019.

The Australian men’s team is currently ranked No. 1 on the International Cricket Council’s Test standings, however India will be buoyed by the knowledge it has won three of the previous four series against Australia, including a first ever series win on Australian soil in 2018-19.

India’s squad will arrive in Sydney on November 12 subject to Australian Border Force travel authorisation and the appropriate departure-approvals. The team will quarantine in Sydney prior to the first match of the series on November 27.

Dettol ODI Series v India

First ODI: Friday, November 27 – Sydney Cricket Ground (Day-Night)

Second ODI: Sunday, November 29 – Sydney Cricket Ground (Day-Night)

Third ODI: Wednesday, December 2 – Manuka Oval, Canberra (Day-Night)

Dettol T20 INTL Series v India

First T20: Friday, December 4 – Manuka Oval, Canberra (Night)

Second T20: Sunday, December 6 – Sydney Cricket Ground (Night)

Third T20: Tuesday, December 8 – Sydney Cricket Ground (Night)

Vodafone Test Series v India

First Test: December 17-21 – Adelaide Oval (Day-Night)

Second Test: December 26-30 – Melbourne Cricket Ground

Third Test: January 7-11 – Sydney Cricket Ground

Fourth Test: January 15-19 – The Gabba, Brisbane

*The matches and travel remain subject to any relevant government restrictions or requirements.