BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 08: Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates dismissing Rory Burns of England during day one of the First Test Match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at The Gabba on December 08, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Spring is only just beginning and it's bringing cricket with it as Australia celebrates victory over Zimbabwe in their recent three-match ODI competition.

But our dominant pair of wins last week are only the beginning of a jam-packed and gruelling schedule that the Australian cricket teams for all three formats face.

So, here's a breakdown of all the cricket coming from now until we head to India in February 2023.

3 ODI matches vs New Zealand

Dates: September 6, 8 & 11

After the final match against Zimbabwe, Aaron Finch's men go into another series against the number one ranked New Zealand.

Captained by Kane Williamson and looking to make a statement before heading to the T20 World Cup, the Kiwi side will be a force to be reckoned with.

It'll be the first time we play our neighbours since besting them in the T20 World Cup final last year. But they come having not lost an ODI series since their controversial defeat against England in the ODI World Cup in 2019.

They are sure to be tough opposition, and considering Australia's recent form in the format, a win in the series would be a fantastic result.

2 T20 matches vs West Indies

Dates: October 5 & 7

After New Zealand, everything turns to preparation for us to retain the World Cup. Initially, we head to India for three matches on their pitches, but we quickly return home to face opposition sure to become familiar this summer.

The West Indies have struggled in the shorter formats this year, most recently suffering series losses to New Zealand and India in T20s. So on paper, it looks like a match to boost their confidence more than it is for ours.

But you can never underestimate their army of all-rounders, and Australia handling the unique issues they throw at us will be a good sign for the cup.

3 T20 matches vs England

Dates: October 9, 12 & 14

The old foe returns again to our shores after their dismal efforts in the Ashes last summer, but now we face them in their preferred arena.

Many still claim Australia was lucky in the last World Cup to dodge England, who are ranked second in the world; here's our chance to prove it was not luck.


MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 24 : Alex Carey of Australia attempts a ramp shot as Jos Buttler of England looks on during the fifth Royal London One-Day International match between England and Australia at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground on June 24, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

But it won't be easy. Under Jos Butler's leadership, England always looks like they can win any 20-over matchup, and with Aaron Finch looking very unsettled on the other side of the coin, it'll be one of the toughest series the Aussies play this year.

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

Dates: October 16 to November 13

Here's what all the preparation has been for, a home World Cup defence that will define this Australian group of limited-overs players.

Our boys are currently slated to play their five group stage matches but will be hoping to play in seven throughout the near month-long campaign which would mean getting to the final.

Should we retain the trophy, we would be the first nation to go back-to-back in the tournament and would go from the lowly team ranked sixth to one of the best performing T20 sides of all time.

The nations involved in the tournament: Australia, New Zealand, England, India, Sri Lanka, Namibia, United Aram Emirates, Netherlands, West Indies, Scottland, Zimbabwe, Irland, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Africa.

3 ODI matches vs England

Dates: November 17, 19 & 22

England is the world's champions in the one-day format, a title they earned in a controversial super over in 2019 against New Zealand.

But regardless of how their title came to fruition, they remain fierce opposition sure to cause us trouble with their great ODI specialists.

Unfortunately for them, they will be without Jonny Bairstow, one of their best performers in Australian conditions, after he suffered a serious leg injury in a recent golfing accident.

As you can see, we have a lot of cricket to prepare for this matchup, and our likelihood of winning will be much more evident when the games come around.

However, for now, it looks just as formidable as facing New Zealand, but at least we know our quicks have a knack for taking pommy wickets.

2 Test matches vs West Indies

Dates: November 30 - December 4 & December 8 - 12

Here is when the true traditional summer of cricket begins, with a pair of tests against a side we haven't faced since 2016. Playing for the Frank Worrell Trophy which we've held since 1995.

Yes, they are the lowest-ranked test team we'll face in 2022, but that hasn't stopped them from winning their last two test series against England and Bangladesh respectively.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: David Warner of Australia bats during day five of the third Test match between Australia and the West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Captained by Kraigg Brathwaite, who averages an astonishing 70.14 this year, and boasting a top ten bowler in Kemar Roach, the West Indies are not to be taken lightly. But they will have their work cut out for them against the best test team in the world.

Our conditions will be especially testing for them, having not won a series here since 1993.

3 Test matches vs South Africa

Dates: December 17-21, December 26 - 30 & January 4-8

Rounding out this mammoth schedule on home soil is a match of redemption. South Africa has beaten Australia the last two times we played a test series against them. Of course, it includes the notorious 2018 cheating scandal, and the last time they were out here in 2016/17.

It feels like a must-win, to prove this team is the real deal and to exorcise some demons from past humiliations.

All eyes will be on Steve Smith and David Warner, but they know the pressure, and you'd back them to perform like they have a point to prove.

The South Africans will be ready, though, and surely hoping to impart more humiliation on Australia after Cricket Australia cancelled the planned tour of South Africa in 2021 due to COVID.

Dean Elgar is now their captain, and he hasn't been batting particularly well but is currently leading his side against England, where the series is tied 1-1 heading into a decider.

A win here and Australia will look like an excellent chance to make the ICC test world championship final. On the table, we are currently first at the time of writing.