India's tour will kick off with a three-match Twenty20 global series in November after Australia start the home summer with four limited overs matches against South Africa. Previous year they got the better of England in the inaugural day-night Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval.
Cricket Australia were hoping to convince the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to play a day-night Test at Adelaide in India's tour of Australia later this year but the Indian players and team management have said that they are not ready yet to play pink ball cricket.
The Gabba has been overlooked as a venue to host world No.1 Test side India this summer.
The schedule for India's tour of Australia 2018-19 was announced Monday, April 30, by Cricket Australia (CA), who had been hopeful of hosting Virat Kohli's men in a day-night Test. Given that a pink ball Test match against India is becoming increasingly unlikely, Australia might host a Day-Night Test against Windies in October. As per a report in Indian Express, Indian players were asked about playing the Test with a pink ball which they categorically refused to.
India are among the teams to not have played Test cricket under the lights ever since the inception of the format back in 2015 when Australia and New Zealand locked horns in Adelaide.
November 17 - Australia v South Africa, Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast, T20I.
The second Test, which is scheduled for December 14-18, will be the first time that a Test match will be played at the Perth Stadium.
After the Test series, India will remain in Australia for three ODIs at the SCG, Adelaide Oval, and the MCG.
And the Tests keep coming, with the 'Gabba getting a belated match from January 24-28 between Australia and Sri Lanka. "There, we will also deliver a large-scale community festival in partnership with the Victorian Government, which will be a terrific celebration of Indian culture". From playing in front of a few hundred a few short years ago, to playing last year at Lord's Cricket Ground in front of 25,000 - and now we are set to take that next step.
Meanwhile, Gold Coast, which was venue for this year's Commonwealth Games, will be staging its first-ever global game when Australia host South Africa for a one-off T20I on November 17.
The T20I will be followed by 4 test matches and one One Day International.