The Australian Men will also host New Zealand in a One Day International fixture at Blundstone Arena on February 2.

Blundstone Arena will not only play host to Australia’s first ever Test match against one of the world’s most exciting up-and-coming cricket nations, but it will also give Australian Test captain, Tim Paine, an opportunity to finally lead his country in front of a home crowd.

The Lauderdale product grew up just 12 kilometres from Blundstone Arena, and whilst Paine has worn Australian colours in tour matches previously held at Bellerive, this will be the first time he has the opportunity to don the baggy green at home.  He will also be the first Tasmanian to lead Australia at the ground since Ricky Ponting in 2010.

In that January 2010 Test match against Pakistan, Ponting went on to make a combined total of 298 runs – including a first-innings double century – leading his side to a 231-run win, and earning himself well-earned Player of the Match honours, something Paine would dream to emulate.

Cricket Tasmania Chairman, Andrew Gaggin, said it was exciting to have top-level international cricket content returning to Tasmania.

“It’s fantastic that the Tasmanian public will have the opportunity to celebrate Tim Paine leading Australia in a Test match so close to where he grew up.

“This Test match will involve some of the world’s best cricketers, with the likes of Smith, Cummins, and Lyon joining Tim on the field, as well as the one of the world’s best leg spinners in Rashid Khan. Rarely has such an abundance of talent been seen in Hobart, let alone in the one match.

“I am pleased to see Test cricket rightfully back at Blundstone Arena, and look forward to regular Tests being scheduled here in the future.”

Meanwhile, Cricket Tasmania Chief Executive, Dominic Baker, added that Cricket Tasmania had been working closely with both Cricket Australia and the State Government to ensure that any international cricket held in the state could proceed safely.

“I want to commend the Tasmanian Government for their commitment to top-flight international sport being played in Tasmania, but highlight that we have a lot of work still to be do with Public Health to finalise arrangements. It goes without saying that Tasmania’s health and safety is the number one priority for us as we plan for a huge summer ahead.

“Like all sports we have learnt to be increasingly agile as situations and circumstances change, and although the season is still a fair way off it’ll be here before we know it. My team will be working hand in glove with Government officials to ensure the summer goes off without a hitch.

“Cricket is embedded in Australian sporting psyche, and I’m proud that we’re able to bring this level of content back to Tasmania.”

Tickets for the 2021-22 international summer of cricket will go on sale from Wednesday 16 June, while Cricket Tasmania members will have the opportunity to secure the best seats in the house from Thursday 1 July, when Cricket Tasmania memberships become go on sale for purchase and renewal.

2021-22 International Cricket at Blundstone Arena

Men’s Vodafone Test v Afghanistan
Saturday 27 November to Wednesday 1 December

Dettol Men’s ODI Series v New Zealand
Wednesday 2 February (day-night)