The Gold Coast’s Metricon Stadium, the focus of the Commonwealth Games earlier this month, will host its first International match this summer, while the Gabba will host its second day/night Test match with Brisbane welcoming Test cricket on the 2019 Australia Day long weekend.
Cricket Australia (CA) today confirmed the 2018-19 Men’s and Women’s International schedule, with New Zealand, South Africa, India and Sri Lanka to tour Australia this summer.
The four nations will compete against Australia in a total of 22 matches across Test, One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International (T20I) formats from October to March.
The world number one ranked Australia Women’s team will meet the world’s third-ranked nation, New Zealand, at Allan Border Field in the second of of three Commonwealth Bank T20Is in October.
The T20I series against the White Caps will provide Australia with its main preparation ahead of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 campaign in the West Indies in November.
Australia will play South Africa at Metricon Stadium in a Gillette T20 International on November 17 to christen the latest venue in Queensland to earn ICC approval to host international matches.
The Gold Coast will join Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns and Townsville as Queensland cities to host international matches like Test, ODIs and T20s and will be the sixth current venue in the State to host international men’s or women’s cricket.
In a revamped international schedule, the Gabba will host international cricket heavyweights India in a Gillette T20 International in November before turning the lights on for a pink ball Test against Sri Lanka over the Australia day long weekend in January 2019
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said the addition of the Gold Coast to the international venue roster was in line with cricket’s challenge to innovate
“We’re thrilled to be taking international cricket to the Gold Coast for the first time, with Australia taking on South Africa in a Gillette T20 International.
“Cricket continues to look beyond its traditional boundaries by taking our game to new and exciting venues and locations.
“We welcome the chance to showcase international cricket on the Gold Coast and Canberra this summer and to provide even more fans with the opportunity to experience these matches in person.”
“Cricket has worked very closely with key partners in these regions to get to this point and looks forward to further developing our ties in the future,’’ he said.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters said Queensland offered greater venue versatility and hosting potential than any other State.
“We’re pleased that the Australian Women’s team will again feature in an international match in Brisbane at Allan Border Field. Anyone who attended the sold-out game to start the Women’s Ashes series last summer at Albion will no doubt be excited to return to see Australia host the White Caps.”
“Of course we are delighted the Gabba will again be a venue of a pink ball Test against Sri Lanka after successfully hosting Pakistan in its inaugural day/night Test cricket two seasons ago, one of only two venues in the country to host day/night Tests.”
“We will break new ground in hosting a Test match over the Australia Day long weekend, an exciting prospect under lights
“I urge fans to approach this innovation with an open mind as Queensland Cricket and its partners – Stadiums Queensland, Tourism and Events Queensland and Brisbane Marketing - work diligently to attract the best possible matches to the State to provide as many supporters as possible with the chance to enjoy international cricket in our own backyard,” Walters said.
Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Minister for Commonwealth Games Kate Jones said the Metricon Stadium upgrade was another terrific legacy from the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
She said the Queensland Government had partnered with Cricket Australia, Queensland Cricket, Gold Coast Suns, and the City of Gold Coast during the upgrade process to fund the installation of cricket specific enhancements to the Stadium including a drop-in wicket so that elite cricket content could be secured for the Gold Coast.
"This is a huge win for fans who will soon be able to enjoy seeing the best of the best at Queensland's world class venues while we ensure we make the most of this opportunity to showcase Queensland,” Minister Jones said.
Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said the matches would build on the overwhelming success of recent cricket seasons in Queensland.
“Queenslanders love cricket, and we want to see more of it right across Queensland - so it’s fantastic to see these big games come to the Gold Coast,” Mr de Brenni said.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said major events helped raise the profile of Brisbane to audiences across the globe and inject more than $100 million into the city’s economy every year.
“Major events are a key growth sector for Brisbane, attract visitors from Australia and overseas, fill hotel rooms and boost our hospitality, retail and service industries,” Cr Quirk said.
“We look forward to the return of the Australian Women’s team at Allan Border Field, the Australians taking on India at The Gabba in the T20, and I encourage supporters to wave our flag proudly at the day-night Test against Sri Lanka over the Australia Day long weekend.”
Fans wanting to find out more information, including how to join the Australian Cricket Family for priority access to tickets should visit www.cricket.com.au/acf.
Public tickets for the Men’s 2018-19 International summer will go on sale in June, with Women’s 2018-19 International summer on sale in August.
2018-19 Key Points
- Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast becomes the latest international cricket venue in Queensland and will host a T20 International against South Africa in November
- The Gabba to host its second Day/Night Test, played for the first time over the Australia Day weekend in January
- India to play a T20 international against Australia at the Gabba in November
- The Australian Women's team will play a T20 International against New Zealand at Allan Border Field in October