Huge win for SA – international cricket double-header at Adelaide Oval

08 August 2016

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

In a huge win for South Australia, Adelaide Oval will play host to two additional international matches next cricket season.

The KFC T20 Australia versus Sri Lanka match and Women’s T20 Southern Stars against New Zealand match will take place on February 22.

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the two matches which will also attract a huge international viewing audience.

Today it was also confirmed the Australia Day international fixture at Adelaide Oval and the Adelaide Strikers' New Year’s Eve Big Bash T20 games have been locked in for the next five years.

The State Government has invested $70 million in additional tourism funding in the past two years to market South Australia nationally and internationally and attract major events and conferences. It is through the State Government’s Major Events Bid Fund – and in partnership with SACA – the rights to host this international double header have been secured.

The State Government is committed to supporting women’s sport from grassroots through to elite and the Women’s T20 is another incredible event to add to the growing list we have in South Australia, including the Women's Australian Golf Open and the Santos Women's Tour. For more information visit

Quotes attributable to Tourism Minister Leon Bignell:
The Australia versus Sir Lanka as well as the women’s Southern Stars versus New Zealand matches will once again shine the international spotlight on South Australia.

It will be fantastic to see the Aussies take on Sri Lanka here in Adelaide in the short form of the game. More than 40,000 people are expected to attend the event – which is brilliant news for the State’s visitor economy – hotels, taxis, restaurants and small businesses will all benefit.

Our visitor economy is currently at a record $5.7 billion and we want to grow it to $8 billion by 2020. The State Government is doing everything it can to bring more visitors to South Australia. In 2015 we hosted four matches - including the India versus Pakistan game - as part of the ICC Cricket World Cup which generated about $80 million into the visitor economy and attracted 34,000 international tourists to Adelaide.

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