The first cricket Test between India and Australia will be held here from December 9 after the four-match series’ schedule was revised on Monday in the wake of young player Phillip Hughes’ tragic death which left the home team distraught.
“Revised Schedule: 1st Test (Dec 9-13), 2nd Test (Dec 17-21), 3rd Test (Dec 26-30) and 4th Test (Jan 6-10). Venues: 1st Test (Adelaide), 2nd Test (Brisbane), 3rd Test (Melbourne) and 4th Test (Sydney) #AUSvsIND,” the BCCI said on its official twitter handle.
Hughes’ funeral would be held in Macksville on Wednesday.
News Alert - Revised Schedule: 1st Test (Dec 9-13), 2nd Test (Dec 17-21), 3rd Test (Dec 26-30) and 4th Test (Jan 6-10) >#AUSvsIND— BCCI (@BCCI) >December 1, 2014
The entire Australian team, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, visiting side’s coach Duncan Fletcher and Team Director Ravi Shastri will attend the funeral of the young batsman, who would have turned 26 yesterday.
The first Test was originally scheduled to start on December 4 in Brisbane, which has now become the venue for the second match.
The Adelaide Test was originally scheduled to start from December 12.
The second Test in Brisbane will start on December 16, followed by Melbourne on December 26 and the final match in Sydney, starting January 6.
A two-day tour game featuring a CA XI was cancelled last week, but India might get an opportunity to play a practice match later this week.
The tourists were due to fly to Brisbane on Monday, but put off their travelling plans until the venue and dates for the first Test were confirmed.
“The Indian side will remain in Adelaide until details for the first Test have been confirmed,” CA had tweeted.
Australian players were left in mourning after Hughes lost his life on being hit by a bouncer during a domestic game here last week.
Australian captain Michael Clarke, who described Hughes as his little brother, were among the players who broke down publicly and penned emotional tributes to the youngster.