Australia restores tri-series, extends Test dates

India's new cricket coach Duncan Fletcher, rear left, speaks to his players during a training session in Port of Spain, Trinidad. (AP)

Cricket Australia has reinstated the tri-series ODI concept and extended its regular test dates to host India in a four-match series which breaks with recent convention.

Australia will play New Zealand in two tests in Brisbane and Hobart at the start of December, and then start the four-test series against India on Dec. 26, the traditional Boxing Day slot at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The subsequent tests will be played in Sydney and Perth and the series concludes in Adelaide from Jan. 24-28.

A two-match Twenty20 international series will follow that, leading into the a blockbuster tri-series involving former world champion Australia against World Cup holder India and 2011 World Cup runnerup Sri Lanka.


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