Australia's POA: Test in Pune a day after T20I in Adelaide

Pune is set to make its Test debut on February 23, 2017 © Hindustan Times

In another example of tight schedules in modern cricket, Australia will play a T20I against Sri Lanka at home only a day before their first Test in India. This means Australia will be forced to pick vastly different T20 and Test squads as they will play Sri Lanka on February 22 in Adelaide; the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune kickstarts the four-Test series the next day.

The Test series, which will mark the end of India’s busy home season, will then move to Bangalore (March 4 to 8) and Ranchi (March 16 to 20) before the fourth Test in Dharamsala (March 25 to 29). Pune, Dharamsala and Ranchi will make their Test debuts after Indore did the same against New Zealand recently. In the series against England, Visakhapatnam and Rajkot will host their first Tests.

India will have a gap of 11 days before the match in Pune. Their only Test against Bangladesh is scheduled to end on February 12 in Hyderabad. Australia’s last Test before their India tour is against Pakistan from January 3 to 7 in Sydney.

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