Cricket Australia 2022, schedule, fixtures, Ashes 2023, tour of India, South Africa, World Cup: Epic Aussie journey revealed,

The Australian men’s cricket team is bracing for its most intense schedule yet with the next 18 months jam-packed with fixtures, and highlighted by a grueling run of away series in 2023.

Next month’s tour of Sri Lanka will effectively kick-off a non-stop run of tours, visits, and ICC tournaments across all formats that will take the team through to the 2023-24 summer.

Foxsports.com.au understands that within the schedule, Cricket Australia will uphold its promise to tour South Africa, squeezing in a trip next year.

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The August 2023 tour — initially reported as a three-Test series but believed to be for five white ball games — will follow the nation’s Ashes defense in England in June and July, and a blockbuster Test tour of India in February-March.

South Africa was left fuming when Australia pulled out of a 2021 Test tour at the last minute due to health concerns amid the Covid pandemic.

The tour was postponed instead of cancelled entirely, and now Australia is set to make amends with a belated visit, albeit for white ball games.

Australia is set to make up for lost time having rarely traveled throughout 2020 and 2021.

Having already toured Pakistan earlier this year, the men’s side is weeks away from boarding a plane to Sri Lanka.

From Sri Lanka, foxsports.com.au Understands Australia will play a number of white ball series with home games against Zimbabwe, New Zealand, West Indies and England coming either side of three T20s in India in September.

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Those series will double as preparation for Australia’s T20 World Cup title defense on home shores in October and November.

Three home ODIs against England will follow, before Australia plays two Tests against the West Indies, and three against South Africa as the centerpiece of the 2022-23 men’s summer schedule.

Not until after a four-Test tour of India — the hardest assignment in the game — in February and March 2023 players will be granted leave, although some will choose to play in the Indian Premier League during that window.

Australia then goes back on the road for the Ashes, starting in June ’23 and likely to also feature ODIs, before the tour of South Africa in August.

Andrew McDonald’s side is then likely to schedule some more white ball games as preparation for the 50-over World Cup in India from October.

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The daunting schedule means it’s likely selectors will use a vast pool of players with guarding both the mental and physical wellbeing of crucial personnel.

This will prove especially tricky when preparing for next year’s ODI World Cup with the likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith needing rest after a packed Test schedule.

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