Australia will finalise their preparations for their T20 World Cup defence with a blockbuster warm-up match against No.1 ranked India at The Gabba next month.
The International Cricket Council on Thursday confirmed the official warm-up match schedule for the tournament, which will see all 16 teams in action across Brisbane and Melbourne.
Teams participating in the first round, including Sri Lanka, Ireland, West Indies and Netherlands, will begin their preparations in Melbourne with two warm-up matches apiece, split between the MCG and Junction Oval from October 10-13.
Super 12 teams will play their practice matches across two days in Brisbane on October 17 and 19, with matches at The Gabba and Allan Border Field.
Australia’s only official warm-up fixture is against India on October 17 at The Gabba.
That will follow Australia’s three-game T20 tour of India later this month, and the two upcoming home T20I series against West Indies and England in early October, which will also provide crucial opportunities for Aaron Finch’s team to prepare to defend the title they won last year.
England will also play just the one official warm-up following that three-game Dettol T20I series, against Pakistan at The Gabba on October 17.
India’s second warm-up will see them play New Zealand at The Gabba on October 19.
The first warm-up will see two-time champions West Indies meet United Arab Emirates at Junction Oval on October 10.
Warm-up fixtures will not be open to spectators, however the four matches at The Gabba – including Australia’s showdown with India – will be broadcast.
As per previous ICC events, the warm-up fixtures will not carry official T20 International status.
The T20 World Cup begins on October 16 when Sri Lanka faces Namibia in Geelong.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 warm-up fixtures
(All times local)
October 10: West Indies v UAE, Junction Oval, 11am
October 10: Scotland v Netherlands, Junction Oval, 3pm
October 10: Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, MCG, 7pm
October 11: Namibia v Ireland, MCG, 7pm
October 12: West Indies v Netherlands, MCG, 7pm
October 13: Zimbabwe v Namibia, Junction Oval, 11am
October 13: Sri Lanka v Ireland, Junction Oval, 3pm
October 13: Scotland v UAE, MCG, 7pm
October 17: Australia v India, The Gabba, 2pm
October 17: New Zealand v South Africa , Allan Border Field, 2pm
October 17: England v Pakistan, The Gabba, 6pm
October 17: Afghanistan v Bangladesh, Allan Border Field, 6pm
October 19: Afghanistan v Pakistan, The Gabba, 1pm
October 19: Bangladesh v South Africa, Allan Border Field, 6pm
October 19: New Zealand v India, The Gabba, 6pm
Men’s T20 World Cup 2022
Australia squad: Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Tim David, Aaron Finch (c), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
Group A: Sri Lanka, Namibia, UAE, Netherlands
Group B: West Indies, Scotland, Ireland, Zimbabwe
Super 12 stage
Group 1: Australia, Afghanistan, England, New Zealand, A1, B2
Group 2: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, South Africa, B1, A2