England in Australia 2013-14

ODIs cut back for Ashes summer

Daniel Brettig

November 22, 2012

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James Anderson, Matt Prior, Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook with the replica Ashes urn, Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 5th day, January 7, 2011
England's Ashes tour of Australia next season will be followed by only five ODIs © PA Photos
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Australia will play the fewest home ODIs in 34 years during the 2013-14 Ashes summer, as Twenty20 takes a more prominent place in the schedule ahead of the tiring 50-over format.

The schedule unveiled by Cricket Australia on Thursday offered the slimmest programme of one-day matches since Mike Brearley's England tourists played four ODIs alongside six Tests in 1978-79, the second summer of Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket rebellion and the last before commercial television began to dictate a surfeit of limited overs fixtures.

Five Ashes Tests will be followed by five ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals, the most substantial T20I series played in Australia since the format's introduction. Previously Australia have played either one-off matches or two-match series, but the raging popularity of international T20s has forced the addition of an extra match.

England's presence as the sole touring side, the first time since India visited in 1977-78 that only one side has toured Australia in a summer, will also reduce the number of scheduled days of international cricket to 33, significantly down from this summer's 43 days. This will allow more room for the domestic T20 Big Bash League to thrive, with the possible benefit of Australia's players being available for a greater number of matches.

James Sutherland, the CA chief executive, was unconcerned about waning interest in the ODI format ahead of the World Cup.

"Next summer's going to be very much about the Ashes and the programme's been designed about that," Sutherland said. "We will play a bit more one-day cricket eh following season, we've got the World Cup at the end of that season, but before then we'll have a couple of series of one-day cricket that are designed to prepare ours guys for the World Cup.

"I don't have any concerns about maintaining the interest in the one-day format. That's there. Would we like greater attendances? Absolutely, but we know that the television ratings and all of our research on the popularity of the one-day format is not a cause for concern."

The England tour will begin with a trio of warm-up fixtures against Western Australia, Australia A and New South Wales. The first Test will take place in Brisbane from November 21 to 25, before the series moves on to Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.

October 31-November 2 Western Australia XI v England, WACA
November 6-9 Australia A v England, Bellerive Oval, Hobart
November 13-16 New South Wales XI v England, SCG

November 21-25 Australia v England, 1st Test, Gabba

November 29-30 CA Chairman's XI v England, Manuka Oval, Canberra

December 5-9 Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval
December 13-17 Australia v England, 3rd Test, WACA
December 26-30 Australia v England, 4th Test, MCG
January 3-7 Australia v England, 5th Test, SCG

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Posted by Cricket5878 on (November 25, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

they shoud have the 5 tests and 5 odis but 20/20 is just hit and giggle. they should never scrap tests and odis but 20/20 is most likely. if they have 20/20s save it for the world cup. the one this year was quite boring with no upsets and apart from the super overs, it was a pretty bad worldcup

Posted by   on (November 24, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

@Toni122: The idea of scrapping test cricket to be replaced by multiple 20/20 games may suit the TV/Media companies and maybe even fans in the short-term but the foundations of grass roots cricket is the 3,4 and 5 day games: take those away and even 20/20 will lose the skills that now make it so exciting. For us REAL cricket fans, Tests are the ultimate test of all round cricket skills.

Posted by Sinhaya on (November 24, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

I think the better idea is to have a tri series but when I see the ICC FTP, no other team is available to play in early 2014.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (November 23, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

This home season we will have 6 Tests, 10 ODIs, and 3 T20s. Next season will be 5 Tests, 5 ODIs, 3 T20s..... That's a lot less cricket.

Posted by tony122 on (November 23, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

I feel there is no need for Test matches and they should be scrapped. We should just have three ODI. What Australian board must do is design a quadrangular T20 tournament. There can be 4 sides playing for a trophy. Each side plays the other 10 times,so a total of 20 games will be played,then two teams advance to the finals. And we can have a best of 7 series. Also the loosing two sides should have a best of 7 series to decide who is the number 3. I think that is what the public wants and the Australian board must give us that.

Posted by   on (November 23, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

@Ross_Co- absolutely love the delusions of grandeur. Let's see if they last the next English summer.

Posted by jb633 on (November 23, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

I have big problems with the back to back ashes series. At the end of the day it is the biggest series in cricket and we do not want the administrators to overkill it. I would rather have to wait 3 years than play it back to back.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (November 23, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

Aus at least bring in Zim, Irish or Kenyan for few ODI's. That would improve ODI rating.

Posted by Ncnotorious on (November 22, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

Everyone that says T20 is just "entertainment" and shudnt play it, doesnt have a brain. ANY CRICKET IS JUST ENTERTAINMENT, any sport for that matter. If T20 is the most watched form of cricket, then thats what u need to play. In the end all that matters is how many ppl watch the game.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (November 22, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Even though I understand why in this case, I do not like back to back series much between any opposition, but here 10 games v same opponent? it's mental. In reality ashes series are pretty big and just the idea of following that many high intensity games in that period seems excessive. Just hope our attack holds up as well!!

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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