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Australia To Host India In Multi-format ‘A’ Series Next Month

A blockbuster 2024-25 cricket season between Australia and India is set to commence with a women’s ‘A’ series in Queensland next month.

Australia A will host India A in Queensland in August, featuring several of its top stars and rising talent in their T20 World Cup preparations. The multi-format ‘A’ series will feature three T20s, three One-Days and a four-day red-ball game, to be played across Brisbane, Mackay and the Gold Coast.

Cricket Australia has confirmed the schedule today and named three Australia A squads for the series, with vice-captain Tahlia McGrath leading the 20-over and 50-over sides. Meanwhile, Charli Knott takes the reins for the four-day Test.

Fellow Australia quicks Megan Schutt, Kim Garth, and Tayla Vlaeminck will play in white-ball matches for the first time since their April tour of Bangladesh as they begin preparations for the T20 World Cup in October.

The quartet, along with captain Alyssa Healy and fast bowler Darcie Brown, are among the few nationally contracted players who will not be in the United Kingdom playing in The Hundred in August. Brown, who was ruled out of the Bangladesh tour due to a foot injury, is working on her return-to-training plan, to return to match fitness by early September and make herself available for World Cup selection. 

“I’m really looking forward to being a part of this series and for the challenge that India A will pose,” McGrath said. “It presents those of us not playing in The Hundred with the chance to prepare for a huge summer against a strong opposition,” she further added.

The ‘A’ series will start with a trio of T20Is at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field, the same venue that will host a T20I against New Zealand in September and two ODIs against India’s senior women’s side in December.

Three 50-over games at Mackay’s Great Barrier Reef Stadium will follow, starting an exciting summer of international cricket for the North Queensland venue, which will also host Australia’s senior women’s team for two T20Is in September.

Gold Coast District Cricket Club will host the four-day game, which will provide up-and-coming talent from both teams a rare opportunity to play red-ball cricket.

Australia A Squad

T20 Squad – Maddy Darke, Sophie Day, Nicole Faltum (wk), Tess Flintoff, Kim Garth, Charli Knott (vc), Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath (c), Grace Parsons, Megan Schutt, Courtney Sippel, Tayla Vlaeminck, Tahlia Wilson

One-Day Squad – Maitlan Brown (2nd and 3rd matches only), Maddy Darke, Sophie Day, Nicole Faltum (wk), Tess Flintoff, Kim Garth, Charli Knott (vc), Katie Mack, Tahlia McGrath (c), Grace Parsons, Megan Schutt (1st match only), Courtney Sippel, Tayla Vlaeminck, Tahlia Wilson

Four-Day Squad – Maitlan Brown, Maddy Darke (wk), Sophie Day, Emma de Broughe, Nicole Faltum (vc), Tess Flintoff, Charli Knott (c), Katie Mack, Lilly Mills, Grace Parsons, Kate Peterson, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Voll

Australia A vs India A Series Schedule

First T20: August 7, Allan Border Field 

Second T20: August 9, Allan Border Field 

Third T20: August 11, Allan Border Field 

First One-Day: August 14, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay 

Second One-Day: August 16, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay 

Third One-Day: August 18, Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay 

Four-day match: August 22-25, Gold Coast District Cricket Club


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