Schedule announced for India's upcoming home series against Australia
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have announced the complete schedule for India's upcoming white-ball series at home against Australia. The Men in Blue will play two T20Is and five ODIs from the end of February to the middle of March in 2019.
Australia's tour of India will begin with a T20I on February 24 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The second T20I will take place on the 27th at the Dr YS Rajashekhar Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
The five-match ODI series between Australia and India will begin on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (Jamtha) in Nagpur will host the second ODI on the 5th.
The third ODI will take place at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on March 8. The Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali will host the penultimate ODI on the 10th. The series will conclude with the final ODI at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on the 13th.
While the two T20Is will begin on 1900 IST, all five ODIs will start from 1300 IST in a bid to negate the onset of early dew in certain venues.
India are currently on a tour of Australia where only the 3-match ODI series remains. After drawing the T20I series 1-1, Virat Kohli's team created history by winning the Test series 2-1. The ODI series will begin at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 12 and conclude at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 18.
Australia's 2019 visit to Indian shores will comprise the fourth bilateral limited-overs series between these two teams in the last three years. When they last visited India in 2017, the Aussies had lost the ODI series 1-4 before drawing the T20I series 1-1.
Australia tour of India 2019
First T20I: February 24 - M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Second T20I: February 27 - Dr YS Rajashekhar Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
First ODI: March 2, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Second ODI: March 5, Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (Jamtha), Nagpur
Third ODI: March 8, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
Fourth ODI: March 10, Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Fifth ODI: March 13, Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi