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Cricket on this summer

A mouthwatering few months

Coming off the back of a historic T20 World Cup win and buoyed by news of several big-ticket tournaments heading downunder in the coming years, Aussie cricket lovers are like pigs in mud as they look ahead to a sumptuous summer of fixtures. Headlining an action-packed calendar, the men's Ashes return to our shores for what promises to be a glut of high-quality international cricket, and an opportunity for the Aussies to deny the Poms their first series victory since 2015. England are a formidable opponent; inventors of the sport, current World Cup holders, and sporting a squad filled to the brim with top-tier talent. Having contested the Ashes with Australia for nearly 140 years, this is an occasion steeped in history and tradition, and is NOT to be missed.

As if the men's Ashes wasn't enough, the women's series will follow hot in its heels, incorporating a more modern combination of Test, T20 and ODI formats. With the addition of its faster-paced matches, the women's series is a very different prospective to the five multi-day tests of the men's game and is a phenomenal spectacle in its own right.

But that's not all! A men's One Day International series against New Zealand and T20 clashes against both the Kiwis and Sri Lanka, plus a red-ball warm-up versus Afghanistan AND all the usual domestic Big Bash goodness mean this season's cricket action is looking very attractive indeed. 

We've put together a summary of all the best in store on the cricketing calendar below, so read on!

International Cricket (Men's):

Aghanistan Tour of Australia: Test

Fixture Location Date
Test vs Afghanistan Hobart (Blundstone Arena) Nov 27 – Dec 1


Men's Ashes

Fixture Location Date
First Test Brisbane (The Gabba) Dec 8 – 12
Second Test Adelaide (Adelaide Oval) Dec 16 – 20
Third Test Melbourne (MCG) Dec 26 – 30
Fourth Test Sydney (SCG) Jan 5 – 9
Fifth Test Hobart (Blundstone Arena) Jan 14 – 18


New Zealand Tour of Australia

Fixture Location Date
First ODI Perth Jan 30
Second ODI Hobart (Blundstone Arena) Feb 2
Third ODI Sydney (SCG) Feb 5
T20 Canberra (Manuka Oval) Feb 8


Sri Lanka Tour of Australia

Fixture Location Date
First T20 Sydney (SCG) Feb 11
Second T20 Brisbane (The Gabba) Feb 13
Third T20 Gold Coast (Metricon Stadium) Feb 15
Fourth T20 Adelaide (Adelaide Oval) Feb 18
Fifth T20 Melbourne (MCG) Feb 20


International Cricket (Women's):

Women's Ashes

Fixture Location Date
Test Canberra (Manuka Oval) Jan 27 – 30
First T20 Sydney (North Sydney Oval) Feb 4
Second T20 Sydney (North Sydney Oval) Feb 6
Third T20 Adelaide (Adelaide Oval) Feb 10
First ODI Adelaide (Adelaide Oval) Feb 13
Second ODI Melbourne (Junction Oval) Feb 16
Third ODI Melbourne (Junction Oval) Feb 19


Big Bash League:

There'll be too many BBL fixtures to list here, but as the WBBL season comes to a close at the end of November, the men's competition will pick right up where it left off (starting December 6th 2021). With matches being played all over Australia, if you're following the team to an away match, don't get caught out and stay with YHA.

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What are the best places to stay for the cricket? 

So - you're stumped for where to stay to see the tests or other international games? YHA is the best place to stay for the cricket at all the heavy hitting venues. With an affordable, friendly accommodation option (and sometimes more than one!) right in the host city centre, it's a no brainer to make YHA your hideaway at night so you can get on with enjoying the fun by day! We've got a ground-by-ground breakdown below, with info on how best to reach each ground from the YHA by public transport. 

Sydney - SCG
The SCG is located in Moore Park, sandwiched between the CBD, Inner West and Eastern Suburbs. If you're staying at Railway Square YHA or Sydney Central YHA, it's a short light rail ride from your doorstep, or a slightly longer one from Sydney Harbour YHA. Either way, it doesn't really get much more convenient!

Melbourne - MCG
Situated on the Yarra river, the MCG is an truly iconic ground. If you're coming from Melbourne Central YHA, 15 minutes on the tram is all it'll take, while Melbourne Metro YHA will take just a little longer and a tram and train transfer. Either is a fine choice, as you'll likely be spending hours at the stadium anyway!

Adelaide - Adelaide Oval
Another gorgeous riverside ground, Adelaide Oval is so slap-bang in the middle of town, it's almost as if the whole metropolis was built around it. Adelaide Central YHA is well within walking distance of the ground, and all you'll need to do is make sure the esky isn't too heavy to carry for a 15 minute stroll and you'll be right in the thick of it with minimal hassle. 

Brisbane - The Gabba
Aside from its amusing name, The Gabba is a venerable and storied sporting field located just south of the Brisbane CBD. Brisbane City YHA is handily located a short walk from a 4-minute train journey right onto the stadium's front porch, and its rooftop pool is a great place to cool off after a long day in the sun, too! 

Canberra - Manuka Oval
Manuka Oval is located just down the road from Parliament House, and 20 minutes on the bus from civic. Manuka may not be as physically imposing as some of the other grounds listed here, but it's home to several of Australia's matches with India and will feature prominently in early rounds of Big Bash League. It's also a great excuse to visit the nation's capital, if you're so inclined.

Hobart - Blundstone Arena
It may surprise you to learn that the cosy portside city of Hobart has room to accommodate a 20,000 capacity international sports stadium, but, it does! Located in Bellerive, across the river from the famous waterfront and city proper, Blundstone Arena is but a 20 minute bus ride or 10 minute drive from the door of Hobart Central YHA

Check out our round up of other sporting events on this summer!

    Sydney Central YHA
    Sydney Central YHA
    Our heritage-listed building, opposite Central Station, is ideally positioned near the Sydney Airport Train line, Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the Powerhouse Museum.
    Brisbane City YHA
    Brisbane City YHA
    An award winning travellers' hostel, Brisbane City YHA is close to Suncorp Stadium, Roma St Transit Centre, South Bank, the Gallery of Modern Art and the Queensland Museum. Oh, and did we mention that we have a pool overlooking the Brisbane River?
    Melbourne Metro YHA
    Melbourne Metro YHA
    Only a short free tram ride to the CBD and close to the University of Melbourne and Queen Victoria Market. Melbourne Metro YHA has everything you need for a great stay in cultural Melbourne.
    Adelaide Central YHA
    Adelaide Central YHA
    Located right in the centre of the city, Adelaide Central YHA is only a 7-minute walk to Adelaide Central Market and a short bus ride to Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide Zoo.
    Fremantle Prison YHA
    Fremantle Prison YHA
    Fancy a historic and unique stay? Fremantle Prison YHA backpackers hostel has what you are after - if you’re feeling brave, sleep in an actual prison cell!
    Hobart Central YHA
    Hobart Central YHA
    Hobart YHA is the perfect base for all of Hobart's galleries and museums including MONA. Located only a block from the city's waterfront.
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