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Gabba to host test in Australia-India series, Perth misses out

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MELBOURNE: Australia will host India at their Gabba stronghold in the four-test series with Perth missing out on a match in the lucrative tour.

Western Australia had hoped to host Virat Kohli's India at the state's Perth Stadium but were defeated by Queensland Cricket's bid for a match at the Gabba, where Australia have not lost a test in over 30 years, local media reported on Thursday.

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A state cricket official confirmed the reports to Reuters.

Perth will kick off the home summer of cricket by hosting Australia's one-off test against Afghanistan at the smaller WACA ground, rather than the 60,000-seater Perth Stadium.

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Melbourne and Sydney will retain their traditional test slots on Boxing Day and in the New Year respectively.

Cricket Australia are expected to announce the schedule on Friday.

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The Australian newspaper said the Gabba would hold the opener of the India series from Dec. 3, with a day-night test scheduled from Dec. 11 at Adelaide Oval.

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