Australia, India series to start in Adelaide
The delayed Test series between Australia and India will start in Adelaide next week, with dates and venues shuffled around in the wake of Phillip Hughes' death.
Dates for all but one of the four Tests have been shifted. The series, initially scheduled to start on Thursday in Brisbane, will instead open in Adelaide on December 9.
Adelaide was initially due to hold the second Test from December 12. Brisbane will host the second Test starting December 17 and the third Test will start on schedule in the traditional December 26 Boxing Day slot at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The fourth Test in Sydney has been pushed back to start on January 6.
Hughes, 25, died last Thursday after being struck on the head or neck behind the left ear by a short-pitched ball during a Sheffield Shield match. The Australian and state team players from South Australia and New South Wales have been in mourning this week and the funeral is due to be held tomorrow. A full round of Sheffield Shield matches and a two-day tour game between India and a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide were cancelled and the first Test postponed in the immediate aftermath of Hughes' death.
"Nobody should underestimate just what these players are going through right now," Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said. "These are difficult days and we need to support them in dealing with their grief.
"It's very clear that playing a Test right now is just too soon and we are reacting accordingly."