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Australia announce 2008-09 international schedule


Posted: May 20, 2008 at 0854 hrs IST

Melbourne, May 20: : Australia will play split home Test and one-day series against New Zealand and three tests and five one-day internationals against South Africa in 2008-09.

Ricky Ponting's team will open their domestic international programme with two tests against New Zealand in Brisbane and Adelaide before Daniel Vettori's side return home for their own domestic international programme.

New Zealand will head back for five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 international in early February, after Australia have completed a full programme against South Africa.

The first test against South Africa starts in Perth on Dec. 12, the second on Dec 26 in Melbourne and the third in Sydney on Jan 3, one day later than usual.

The two sides will then play two Twenty20 internationals before five one-dayers.

There is no triangular one-day tournament.

New Zealand tours:

Nov 13-16 v New South Wales Sydney Nov. 20-24 v Australia Brisbane (1st test)

Nov 28-Dec 2 v Australia Adelaide (2nd test)

Feb 1 v Australia Perth (1st ODI)

Feb 6 v Australia Melbourne (2nd ODI)

Feb 8 v Australia Sydney (3rd ODI)

Feb 10 v Australia Adelaide (4th ODI)

Feb 13 v Australia Brisbane (5th ODI)

Feb 15 v Australia Sydney (Twenty20)

South Africa tour:

Dec 6-8 v Western Australia Perth

Dec 12-16 v Australia Perth (1st test)

Dec. 20-22 v Tasmania Hobart

Dec 26-30 v Australia Melbourne (2nd test)

Jan 3-7 v Australia Sydney (3rd test) Jan. 11 v Australia Melbourne (Twenty20)

Jan 13 v Australia Brisbane (Twenty20)

Jan 16 v Australia Melbourne (1st ODI)

Jan 18 v Australia Hobart (2nd ODI)

Jan 23 v Australia Sydney (3rd ODI)

Jan 26 v Australia Adelaide (4th ODI)

Jan 30 v Australia Perth (5th ODI)

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