Australia will host South Africa in Brisbane for the first time in 49 years to open its 2012-13 international season, while Ricky Ponting could become his country’s most-experienced player at his home ground.
The Australian summer schedule released today features 43 days of international cricket, which includes three-Test series against South Africa and Sri Lanka, two best-of-five one-day contests and three Twenty20 internationals.
Ponting would tie Steve Waugh’s record of 168 Tests for Australia if he plays in all three matches against South Africa starting Nov. 9. That would give him the chance to take the record outright in the series-opening Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart, the capital of his home state of Tasmania.
Melbourne and Sydney retain their traditional slots as hosts of the Boxing Day and New Year Tests.
2012-13 AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL CRICKET SCHEDULE ================================================= TEST SERIES Nov. 9–13 Australia v South Africa Gabba, Brisbane Nov. 22–26 Australia v South Africa Adelaide Oval Nov. 30–Dec. 4 Australia v South Africa WACA, Perth Dec. 14-18 Australia v Sri Lanka Bellerive, Hobart Dec. 26–30 Australia v Sri Lanka MCG Jan. 3-7 Australia v Sri Lanka SCG ONE-DAY SERIES Jan. 11 Australia v Sri Lanka MCG Jan. 13 Australia v Sri Lanka Adelaide Oval Jan. 18 Australia v Sri Lanka Gabba, Brisbane Jan. 20 Australia v Sri Lanka SCG Jan. 23 Australia v Sri Lanka Bellerive, Hobart TWENTY20 INTERNATIONALS Jan. 26 Australia v Sri Lanka Sydney Olympic Park Jan. 28 Australia v Sri Lanka MCG ONE-DAY SERIES Feb. 1 Australia v West Indies WACA, Perth Feb. 3 Australia v West Indies WACA, Perth Feb. 6 Australia v West Indies Manuka Oval, Canberra Feb. 8 Australia v West Indies SCG Feb. 10 Australia v West Indies MCG TWENTY20 INTERNATIONAL Feb. 13 Australia v West Indies Gabba, Brisbane