Melbourne: Test venues and dates for India’s tour of Australia later this year have been confirmed by Cricket Australia (CA). The Virat Kohli-led team will play in four cities putting an end to speculations of one stadium hosting all four Tests due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.

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On Wednesday (May 27), Australia’s 7news website reported that the Border-Gavaskar Trophy starts in Brisbane on December 3. After the first Test at the Gabba, where Australia have not lost a Test since 1988, the series moves to Adelaide for the day/night Test.

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From December 11, India and Australia will be involved in the pink-ball Test. This will be the first time that the two teams will play each other in a day/night five-day game.

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After Adelaide, Melbourne will host the Boxing Day Test (December 26) and the series concludes in Sydney (from January 3). Melbourne and Sydney are the traditional venues for Boxing Day and New Year Tests.

“Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday ticked off on the Test series beginning in Brisbane on December 3 before heading to Adelaide from December 11 and Melbourne and Sydney for the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Tests,” 7news website reported.

During the 2018-19 tour, the Kohli-led side created history, winning their first-ever Test series in Australia, ending a wait of 71 years.

With the world battling the coronavirus, it is still not clear whether fans will be allowed to watch the four Tests. Recently, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had issued ‘back to cricket’ guidelines to resume cricket.

India tour of Australia schedule

December 3-7: First Test (Brisbane)

December 11-15: Second Test (Day/night, Adelaide)

December 26-30: Third Test (Melbourne)

January 3-7: Fourth Test (Sydney)