Australia might not play Zimbabwe in a scheduled Test

Australia’s Test tour of Zimbabwe in doubt

Australia's scheduled Test against Zimbabwe is in doubt following the ball-tampering scandal that has rocked the sport.
The recent Test series between Australia and South Africa became marred in controversy in the third match when video footage caught Aussie opening batsman Cameron Bancroft using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball.
He was consequently suspended for nine months by Cricket Australia, while captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for 12 months.
Australia was scheduled to play a Test match against Zimbabwe as part of the Future Tours Program, starting June 20.
It was to be followed by three ODI matches, all subject to the series being made official by both country's governing bodies.
But Zimbabwe Cricket has today announced that they will instead host Pakistan and Australia in a T20 international (T20I) triangular series in July.
Pakistan will then play Zimbabwe in five one-day international (ODI) matches against Zimbabwe.
“Following months of negotiations, we are pleased to confirm we will be hosting a T20I triangular series involving Australia and Pakistan, followed by an ODI series against Pakistan,” Zimbabwe Cricket Managing Director Faisal Hasnain said in a release tonight (AEST)

Cricket Australia to conduct review

Former Test batsman Rick McCosker has been announced as part of a review into Australian cricket.
Cricket Australia made the announcement on April 6, with the review to cover 'cultural, organisational and governance issues'.
The review was prompted by the ball-tampering incident at Newlands during Australia's third Test against South Africa last month
Chairman David Peever said the review would likely result in a charter that outlined the 'standards of behaviour and expectations' of future Australian cricket teams.
McCosker will be part of a panel that includes two former players and two current players.

Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Australia T20 tri-series schedule:

July 1, 2018: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
July 2, 2018: Pakistan vs Australia
July 3, 2018: Australia vs Zimbabwe
July 4, 2018: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
July 5, 2018: Pakistan vs Australia
July 6, 2018: Australia vs Zimbabwe
July 8, 2018: Final

Zimbabwe v Pakistan ODI series schedule:

July 13, 2018: First ODI
July 16: 2018: Second ODI
July 18, 2018: Third ODI
July 20, 2018: Fourth ODI
July 22, 2018: Fifth ODI

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