Optus Stadium to host five matches for Twenty20 World Cup in Australia

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Mitchell WoodcockThe West Australian
Mitch Marsh and Australia will head to Perth as part of their Twenty20 world cup defence.
Camera IconMitch Marsh and Australia will head to Perth as part of their Twenty20 world cup defence. Credit: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Perth is set to host five games at this year’s Twenty20 World Cup, including a vital Australian clash when the tournament begins in October.

The tournament’s fixtures were revealed on Friday, with games to be played across seven venues from October 16, with the final to be played at the MCG on November 13.

Australia is set to begin their title defence against trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand at the SCG on October 22.

They are then scheduled to head to Perth, taking on the top qualifier from the first round’s group A on October 25, which is most likely to be Sri Lanka.

The first game to be hosted at Optus Stadium is planned to be between England and rising cricket nation Afghanistan, which will follow Australia’s opening match.

Pakistan are also planning to head west, taking on a the top team from the first round’s group B on October 27 and the second team from group A on October 30.

This is scheduled to be part of a double header that will feature superstar Virat Kohli and India taking on South Africa later that night.

It is a massive boost for WA cricket fans who have been starved of live action this summer, with the fifth and final Ashes Test relocated to Hobart because of border issues, while the Perth Scorchers played just one home game this season.

The first semi-final is set to be played at the SCG on November 9, before Adelaide Oval hosts the second semi-final 24 hours later.

The final is planned be at the MCG on November 13 from 4pm AWST.

Optus Stadium Twenty20 WC Fixtures

England v Afghanistan, October 22, 7pm

Australia v A1, October 25, 7pm

Pakistan v B1, October 27, 7pm

Pakistan v A2, October 30, 3pm

India v South Africa, October 30, 7pm

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