Cricket Australia (CA) and the ACT Government have announced the Australian Cricket Team will play its first ever International match in Canberra in 2013.
Australia will play either Sri Lanka or the West Indies in a day-night game at Manuka Oval.
CA Chief Executive Officer, James Sutherland, welcomed the support of the ACT Government in securing the match to be played at Manuka Oval.
“This is a historic moment for cricket in nation’s capital and a great way to help celebrate the Centenary of Canberra,” Mr Sutherland said.
“Canberra continues to play an important role in Australian cricket producing some of our best national players and hosting the annual Prime Minister’s XI match.
“The ACT Government’s commitment to upgrading Manuka Oval will not only help to position it to host future international and domestic cricket matches, including matches in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, but it will also help grow the game of cricket in Canberra and surrounding areas which is critical to our vision for cricket to be Australia’s favourite sport.
“I congratulate Minister Barr and the ACT Government for their enthusiasm and support of this match. Minister Barr, in particular, has been a strong advocate for cricket in the ACT and helping to bring the Australian cricket team to Canberra.”