With 17 men’s international matches spanning all three formats, Australia’s 2017/18 summer of cricket is shaping up as an absolute belter. This is your one-stop shop for betting information, series previews and tour dates, as well as futures odds from the best online bookmakers.
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Tour dates and fixtures
The England squad will touch down at the start of November before embarking on tour games against Western Australia and the Cricket Australia XI. The CA XI will give the visitors another hitout between the second and third Ashes Tests, along with a 50-over game in the lead-up to January’s ODI series.
- WA vs. ENG – November 4-5 at Perth
- CA XI vs. ENG – November 8-11 at Adelaide
- CA XI vs. ENG – November 15-18 at Townsville
- CA XI vs. ENG – December 9-10 at TBD
- CA XI vs. ENG – January 11 at Drummoyne
2017/18 Ashes Test series
The hottest rivalry in world cricket returns to Australian shores this summer as Steve Smith’s men look to wrest the coveted urn back from England. See our in-depth Ashes cricket betting guide for more details.
- First Test – November 23-27 at The Gabba, Brisbane
- Second Test – December 2-6 at Adelaide Oval
- Third Test – December 14-18 at WACA Ground, Perth
- Fourth Test – December 26-30 at Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Fifth Test – January 4-8 at Sydney Cricket Ground
2018 Australia vs. England ODI series
Once the Ashes are done and the urn’s home is decided, Australia and England will resume hostilities in a five-match One Day International series over the last two weeks of January.
- First ODI – Sunday, January 14 at Melbourne Cricket Ground
- Second ODI – Friday, January 19 at The Gabba, Brisbane
- Third ODI – Sunday, January 21 at Sydney Cricket Ground
- Fourth ODI – Friday, January 26 at Adelaide Oval
- Fifth ODI – Sunday, January 28 at TBD
2018 T20 tri-series
New Zealand will join the party in February for a three-way Twenty20 series that will take in Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne before finishing up across the Tasman.
- AUS vs. NZ – Saturday, February 3 at Sydney Cricket Ground
- AUS vs. ENG – Wednesday, February 7 at Blundstone Arena, Hobart
- AUS vs. ENG – Saturday, February 10 at Melbourne Cricket Ground
- NZ vs. ENG – Wednesday, February 14 at Wellington Regional Stadium
- NZ vs. AUS – Friday, February 16 at Eden Park, Auckland
- NZ vs. ENG – Sunday, February 18 at Seddon Park, Hamilton
- Final – Wednesday, February 21 at Eden Park, Auckland
Players to watch
Recent revelations about that much-publicised nightclub brawl in Bristol could see England’s star allrounder reinstated for the first Test in Brisbane. That is bad news for the Aussies, as Stokes is a genuine match-winner who scores runs and takes wickets when his team needs them most. With him in the side, England can win it all; without him, the Ashes are gone and the one-dayers will be a struggle.
Don’t sound the alarm bells just yet, but these are trying times for Australia’s superstar skipper. Questions about the quality of his leadership (both on and off the field) have coincided with some fluctuating form at the popping crease, most notably on the recent tour of Bangladesh. Steve Smith is a beast on home soil, however, and there is no reason to expect anything but another big summer.
It is widely accepted that Smith and Joe Root belong to an elite super-class of contemporary batsmen that also includes India’s Virat Kohli and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson. The England Test captain is a cool, calm and collected accumulator who racks up big runs in all formats, and one feels he will need to deliver the goods on a regular basis if the Brits are to have any joy in the Antipodes.
After a few months on the sidelines, Australia’s left-arm spearhead announced his return with a career-best 8/72 in the opening round of the Sheffield Shield season. While Starc will be a nightmare for the English bats if he can get the red ball swinging on fast, hard pitches, his peerless limited-overs credentials make him an even tougher prospect in the ODI and T20 games.