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Concerns for Australia over Sydney’s start to the international summer

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Australia’s international summer of cricket is set to begin in less than two months with India’s women’s taking on Australia. The first ODI will be played in North Sydney Oval on September 19th, while the second and third ODI will be played in Melbourne. The following three T20 internationals will be played at North Sydney Oval.

Having said that, hosting the tournament won’t be too easy as a lot of parts of the country is currently under lockdown. With Sydney currently in lockdown, Australia has been facing headaches and considering other options as far as the India-Australia series is concerned.

Australia will host men’s and women’s Ashes series as well as the men’s teams from Afghanistan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka this season, but it’s the multi-format women’s series against India that is the most pressing concern.

“It’s certainly on our radar but what we do know is things can move quickly,” Peter Roach, Cricket Australia’s Head of Operations, told cricket.com.au ahead of the announcement of the men’s and women’s domestic schedules on Wednesday.

“We’ve got a bit of a roadmap to know if things keep going the way they are in NSW and it’s not a sharp U-turn, we’ll have to make those decisions sooner rather than later.

“We do have options up our sleeve; the options are fewer than they would be later in the season as it’s hard to play in a couple of states that early in the year. But we’ve got some options we’ll look at in the coming weeks.”

Here’s a look at the fixtures of the Commonwealth Bank Women’s Series vs India

Sep 19: First ODI, North Sydney Oval (D/N)

Sep 22: Second ODI, Junction Oval

Sep 24: Third ODI, Junction Oval

Sep 30 – Oct 3: Test match, WACA Ground (D/N)

Oct 7: First T20, North Sydney Oval

Oct 9: Second T20, North Sydney Oval

Oct 11: Third T20, North Sydney Oval

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