Perth, Australia (BBN) – England’s one-day international against Australia in January will become the first sporting event to take place at the Perth Stadium.
Eoin Morgan’s team will face the hosts at the new 60,000 capacity venue in Burswood, not at the nearby WACA, on January 28, reports Daily Mail.
Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed the switch across the Swan River for the fifth and final match of an ODI series which will follow the conclusion of this winter’s Ashes Tests.
A statement read: ‘Cricket Australia and the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) today welcomed confirmation from the Government of Western Australia that Perth Stadium will be ready to host the Gillette One-Day International between Australia and England on Sunday 28 January 2018.
‘Cricket will be the opening sporting event at Perth Stadium, with the ODI providing an incredible opportunity for cricket fans in WA, and the broader national and international cricket community, to experience the game at its very best in Perth’s new state-of-the-art stadium.’
CA chief executive James Sutherland added: ‘For cricket to host the first major sporting event at Perth Stadium is a huge honour for our sport, and given it’s an Australia-England fixture, we are confident that will be able to celebrate history being made with a sold-out stadium.
‘The stadium is simply state-of-the-art, and a magnificent asset for the state and WA sports fans.’
England will return to the WACA before then for the third Ashes Test on December 14.