Two of the biggest events in the International cricket calendar will take place in Sydney this summer, with Australia playing Sri Lanka in both the Vodafone New Years’ Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground and a KFC T20 International at Sydney Olympic Park on Australia Day.
This is just the second KFC T20 International at Sydney Olympic Park, following on from the success of the inaugural match last summer. On that night, despite poor weather, 59,659 fans turned out to watch Australia defeat India, setting a new record for the largest attendance at a single day of cricket in NSW.
With another bumper crowd expected, this is first time in 15 years that Sydney has hosted International cricket on Australia Day. The last occasion was when Australia played South Africa in the Second Final of the 1997/98 Tri-Series. That match, which had a crowd of 26,293, had been scheduled for January 25, however, heavy rain resulted in it being moved to Australia Day.
The Vodafone Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, played from January 3-7, will also be a historic occasion. Having already played numerous One Day Internationals at the venue, this is the first time Sri Lanka will play a Test match at the famous ground.
The third Test of the series and the final Test for the summer, the Sydney Cricket Ground will again turn pink for this match in support of the McGrath Foundation.
Completing the calendar is the Commonwealth Bank Series. This summer, Australia will play individual series against both Sri Lanka and the West Indies, each consisting of five matches.
Australia will play Sri Lanka on January 20 with the match against the West Indies set down for February 8. Both games will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive, David Gilbert, said the 2012/13 International Calender would be very well supported by fans in NSW.
“Along with the Boxing Day Test, New Years and Australia Day are two of the biggest events on the Australian cricket calendar and I am confident that these two matches, especially, will be very popular amongst fans,” he said.
“Sri Lanka and the West Indies are two very exciting teams on the rise. To have players of the calibre of Tillarkaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle up against a young Australian team, promises some terrific entertainment.”
Sydney will also play host to a Tour Match between Australia A and South Africa (November 2-4) with the venue to be confirmed.
Tickets for all International matches will go on sale to members of the Australian Cricket Family (ACF) from 4 October 2012, for those eligible for the ACF Gold Priority Period. For remaining ACF members, tickets will be available from 5 October 2012. To find out more, visit www.cricket.com.au/fans/australian-cricket-family.
Tickets go on sale to the General Public at 9am, Thursday, 11 October 2012.