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Perth to host Ashes finale

Perth will host the fifth and final Ashes Test of the 2021-22 summer, with Cricket Australia confirming the international schedule on Thursday.

On top of England's tour down under the summer will also feature New Zealand, Sri Lanka and newcomers Afghanistan, who will play their first Test against Australia at Blundstone Arena in late November.

That fixture will be played as a pre-cursor to the Ashes series, Hobart hosting a Test for the first time since November 2016 with Australian captain Tim Paine playing his first Test in his native Tasmania.

The traditional Ashes series opener will be held at the Gabba from December 8-12, the pink ball day-night Test to follow on 16-20th December in Adelaide before the traditional Boxing Day (Melbourne) and New Year's Tests (Sydney) take place from December 26th and January 5th respectively.

Perth rounds out the tour from January 14-18th, the first time the final Test between the two nations has been held in the West in more than 30 years.

Australia's women's side will also compete for the Ashes urn with their own multi-format Ashes series, starting with a Test match at Manuka Oval on January 27th before three ODI's and three T20I's follow in February.

India's women are also set to tour in September as part of the 2021-22 summer, in a series that is expected to feature a Test match between the nations for the first time since 2006.

Australia's men will face New Zealand in three ODI's and a T20I in February, with Perth, Hobart, Sydney and Canberra all to host Aaron Finch's side in coloured clothing.

Sri Lanka round out the international schedule with five T20I's later in the month, England set to depart immediately after the Ashes series without a white ball component of their tour.

Several of the summer's confirmed schedule is a rollover from a truncated 2020-21 schedule, heavily impacted by travel restrictions and covid-19.

Further information on the Australian domestic summer including the BBL, WBBL and Sheffield Shield competitions is expected in the coming weeks.

IMAGE: The Roar.

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