CA set to confirm rescheduled one-off Test against Afghanistan
Cricket Australia (CA) is on the verge of confirming their postponed Test against Afghanistan which will take place later this year.
The one-off Test was originally scheduled to be held in December last year, but later got postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to reports, the CA is willing to host Afghanistan, who made their maiden appearance in the Test arena in 2018, in November this year.
While the original venue for the match Perth, this year it is likely to be shifted to Hobart.
Though some may think this Test against Afghanistan will bear no significance, in reality it will give Tim Paine and Co. some much-needed red-ball cricket going into the all-important Ashes.
The Aussies don’t have any Test series confirmed till the Ashes after pulling out of the South Africa tour owing to Covid-19 concerns.
Afghanistan have recently drawn the two-match Test series against Zimbabwe 1-1; as after losing the first match by 10 wickets, they made a great comeback in the following match to pick up a 6-wicket victory.
Meanwhile, as far as Australia’s future schedule is concerned, reports suggested that moves were “afoot” for Ireland — who became a Test playing member in 2017 — to play Australia in the 2022-23 summer.
However, Fox Sports claims that any such decision on playing Ireland is a long way from being set in stone.
Australia have not faced Ireland in any format since the year 2016.
The Irish side are yet to claim their maiden Test victory since being promoted. They, however, almost pulled off an upset for the ages at the home of cricket at Lord’s in 2019