With the international summer of cricket now underway, there’s excitement building about a big program that promises to be ground breaking and historic. With no less than four of world cricket’s biggest names heading Down Under to contest Test, One Dayers and International T20 cricket, non-stop action is guaranteed across another scorching season.
Traditional foes South Africa and Pakistan are each set for three-match Test series’ against Australia, with the Proteas the first cab off the rank for Steve Smith’s side in Perth, a pacey deck that should nullify some of the home team’s advantage. Next comes Hobart before a much-vaunted day-night Test at the marvellous Adelaide Oval starting Thursday November 24.
The team from the Veldt have held out til the eleventh hour to approve the pink-ball format and there is still plenty of chatter in the media about several players' reservations. One thing is certain, a packed oval with its state-of-the-art new facilities blended with the charms of the hill will provide an amazing setting for what shapes as a classic contest.
Missing out on the opening Test of the summer for the first time in 13 years, Brisbane hosts the second and third ranked teams on the ICC standings amidst the fast-paced KFC Big Bash League action, with a day-night Test sure to attract plenty of attention.
Then comes Boxing Day, the most anticipated day on the annual Australian Test calendar (though folks in the NSW capital might not agree entirely). There is an aura about the Boxing Day Test that is only rivalled across the nation by the Australian Open, AFL and NRL Grand Finals and the Melbourne Cup, but there is something altogether different about Boxing Day.
It’s Christmas time, almost everyone is on an extended break, the sun is out (even in Melbourne most of the time) and a gigantic crowd packs into Melbourne’s sporting cathedral. Bars across town are full from well before the first ball, as are those inside the famed members and across the Olympic, Ponsford and Southern Stands. There’s a buzz, an electricity that can only come from a prime nation-biding even in the heart of the holiday season.
While Victorians are protective and proud of their holiday showpiece, so to are Sydney-siders of the traditional New Years test commencing January 3.
The SCG has been reshaped in recent years, and offers its own magic when Test cricket comes to town. Blending the charm and history of the Members and Ladies Stands with the ultra modern comforts of the reconstructed MA Noble, Don Bradman and Victor Trumper stands, the SCG is an amazing place to watch cricket.
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In between the Proteas and Pakistan Test series, the Aussies will swap the ‘whites’ for the ‘pyjamas’ and face the Kiwis for a three-game ODI series, and again post the SCG Test against Pakistan in a five-game series.
It’s a long hot international summer of cricket with all three forms of the game promising action across the nation and Tixstar can take you and your guests there in the ultimate lap of luxury.