Australia face an enormous problem to start out their 2023 Cricket World Cup marketing campaign on a successful be aware after being drawn in opposition to star-studded India first up.
The Worldwide Cricket Council on Tuesday launched the fixtures for the showpiece occasion, with Australia’s opening conflict in opposition to the hosts in Chennai on October 8 set to be one of many largest matches of the group stage.
Ten groups will take part on the World Cup. Every nation performs the opposite 9 in a round-robin format, with the highest 4 qualifying for the knockout stage.
After dealing with India, Australia will tackle South Africa in Lucknow on October 13.
Different notable match-ups for five-time champions Australia embody an encounter with Pakistan in Bengaluru on October 20, a tricky project in opposition to New Zealand in Dharamsala on October 28, and a gathering with England on November 4.
“You already know there’s going to be massive crowds, however no larger than enjoying India at residence in a World Cup sport, in order that’s going to be thrilling for us,” Australia captain Pat Cummins mentioned in a press release.
“Will probably be an enormous problem, they are a top-class crew, however if you wish to win a World Cup, you are going to should be higher than everybody else, so why not tackle India straight up.”
Arguably the most important match of the group stage will probably be India’s conflict with neighbours and regional rivals Pakistan in Ahmedabad on October 15.
The strained relations between the 2 nations means Pakistan might want to get authorities clearance to journey to India for the 46-day event.
The World Cup’s opening match on October 5 gives New Zealand the possibility to show the tables on title-holders England in a repeat of the 2019 remaining.
England claimed the crown 4 years in the past after beating the Black Caps at Lord’s in a drawn match determined by a boundary countback after the Tremendous Over completed stage.
The primary semi-final of this yr’s event will probably be held on November 15 in Mumbai, with the second the next day in Kolkata. Each last-four video games may have a reserve day.
The ultimate will happen on the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19, with November 20 slated because the reserve day.
Australia’s title hopes in 2019 have been crushed on the semi-final stage when England cruised to an eight-wicket victory with 107 balls to spare.
AUSTRALIA’S WORLD CUP SCHEDULE
(All video games 1930 AEST until said)
October 8 v India (in Chennai)
October 13 v South Africa (Lucknow)
October 16 v Qualifier 2 (Lucknow)
October 20 v Pakistan (Bengaluru)
October 25 v Qualifier 1 (Delhi)
October 28 v New Zealand (Dharmsala, 1600 AEST)
November 4 v England (Ahmedabad)