Cricket fans will be served a double dose of trans-Tasman rivalry this summer with the announcement of a men’s and women’s Twenty20™ double-header at the SCG next year.
In a repeat of the concept successfully pioneered by Cricket Australia earlier this year in Melbourne, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will play New Zealand before the men’s KFC Twenty20 International between the same nations on Sunday 15 February.
The world’s first men’s and women’s Twenty20 International double-header was contested at the MCG in February this year when the Australian and English women’s teams played before Australia and India’s clash in a KFC Twenty20 International.
It will be the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars’ last official match before they defend their ICC Women’s World Cup crown in Sydney.
“The double-header will not only add another chapter to the history of trans-Tasman competition, but it will also be a great promotional vehicle for women’s cricket and the ICC Women’s World Cup which will start in Sydney three weeks later,” Acting Cricket Australia CEO, Michael Brown, said.
“After the success of the first double-header at the MCG, Cricket Australia and Cricket New South Wales have worked hard to ensure we provide an opportunity to stage another match this summer.”
New Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars coach, Richard McInnes, said the match was an ideal way to prepare the team for the pressures they will face at the World Cup.
“The match will give the team a valuable opportunity to play on a big stage in a high pressure environment ahead of the World Cup and World Twenty20 which will be played in June next year,” he said.
“After the reception they received at the MCG earlier this year, the players are excited at the prospect of playing in front of a large crowd in Sydney. However we have a lot of hard work to do before then, starting with a tough series against India, a team we expect will be one of the main dangers at the World Cup.”
The first international assignment for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars of the summer will be a six-match series against world No.2 India in Sydney and Canberra from 28 October-9 November. The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have not played India at home since February 2006.
After the series against India, Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad members will return to their respective states to play in the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) in December and January.
Following the WNCL, the team will travel to New Zealand for the Rose Bowl Series, with the Twenty20 International at the SCG to follow immediately after the end of that tour.
Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars – Road to the World Cup
Series v India
Tuesday 28 October: Australia v India, Hurstville (T20)
Friday 31 October: Australia v India, Hurstville (ODI)
Saturday 1 November: Australia v India, SCG (ODI)
Wednesday 5 November: Australia v India, North Sydney (ODI)
Saturday 8 November: Australia v India, Canberra (ODI)
Sunday 9 November: Australia v India, Canberra (ODI)
Twenty20 International at SCG
Sunday 15 February: Australia v New Zealand, SCG (T20)
Rose Bowl Series
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will travel to New Zealand in early February 2009 for a Rose Bowl Series against the White Ferns. The match schedule will be announced soon.
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