Australia optimistic about India's participation in the Day-Night Test

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In a report in The Indian Express, a member of the Committee of Administrator (CoA) ruled out the possibility of a day-night Test between India and Australia, citing reluctance from the Indian team management and players.

While the Adelaide Oval will now host the first test of the summer, South Australian Premier Steven Marshall is upset the state has lost its traditional Australia Day day-night match in the reformatted schedule. Day-night Tests have been part of Australia's annual cricket calendar ever since the inaugural pink-ball Test was played in Adelaide between the hosts and New Zealand.

This rules out a home day-night Test against the West Indies in October as well, despite the fact that the Cricket West Indies had agreed to play one during their visit to India.

Manuka Oval's maiden test match will be the final worldwide match of the summer with Australia playing sixth-ranked Sri Lanka.

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Perth Stadium will host a Test for the first time when the second match of the series against India is played from December 14 to 18.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said earlier in the summer the Gabba's place in the national pecking order had fallen and this schedule is proof of that.

Cricket Australia announced the dates for the summer of cricket on Monday morning with local cricket fans given the opportunity to experience all three formats. Previous year they got the better of England in the inaugural day-night Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Brisbane will host first Test against Sri Lanka, a confirmed day-night game, from January 24 to 28, and the Manuka Oval in Canberra - also a first-time Test venue - the second Test from February 1 to 5.

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The women will get things underway, with the first cricket broadcast on both the Seven Network and Foxtel to show Australia taking on New Zealand in a Twenty20 match to be played straight after the AFL Grand Final on September 29.

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"The Gabba was that once and I'm sure it will be again. there's nothing to say that in the future the first test of an Ashes series won't continue to be at the Gabba".

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