Australian domestic season 2010-11 August 25, 2010

Split-innings matches head to the country

Cricinfo staff

Split-innings one-day matches will be taken to Townsville, Bunbury and Burnie after Australia's domestic fixture list was released on Wednesday. The season begins with the first match of the new National One-Day Cup between Queensland and Tasmania at the Gabba on October 6, and it will be followed by the opening Sheffield Shield fixture two days later.

Brought in to attract new spectators, the split-innings 45-over format will not be limited to the traditional home grounds. The Bulls will play against South Australia in Townsville in October while Tasmania will face New South Wales in Burnie in December and Western Australia will host the Tigers in Bunbury in February.

"We are excited by the new concepts set to be trialled in interstate cricket this summer and look forward to public comment the split-innings format is set to create," Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland said.

The extended Twenty20 Big Bash, which includes 20 games, will start on December 30 and conclude on February 5. Victoria begin their Sheffield Shield defence at the MCG on October 25 and the final of the tournament is scheduled for March 17-21.

To see the fixture list go here.

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  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    STOP RUINING CRICKET! Trying to draw new fans is great but for the love of god stop dumbing down our game! The people who say cricket is boring and have trouble understanding the rules should NOT be the ones dictating the direction of this game. If they want a basic game then go watch baseball. True fans are sick and tired of these hair brained, revenue gathering, short sighted changes. LISTEN TO THE PLAYERS AND FANS!

  • Robert on August 26, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    I agree with post from redneck. Also the public were after a 2 innings, 25 overs per side, to reflect the games of test cricket and t20 not this. I predict that teams will be cautious in the first innings which will render the game boring in the first innings. It wont be long before new ball bowlers will start bowling 1 or 2 overs then being saved till the second innings. This new format will just move the boring (for some) middle overs to the beginning overs of the innings. The one day game is really not broken just poorly marketed at state level.

  • Terry on August 26, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Im an Australian cricket supporter and I believe this is a great idea. I believe the main problem with cricket is that it takes too long to find out whether its a decent score or not. I would like to see 4 day cricket take the same approach eventually. Only addition I would like to Domestic Onedayers is that the team with the most runs (or most wickets in hand if even on runs) after first two sessions of game decides which team bats 3rd session (ie: ABAB or ABBA). Also incase of rain the match should be decided on first innings unless both sides knowingly bats same overs under the reduced system. Min of first two sessions required otherwise match called off. Perhaps there should also be 2 warm up balls after a rain affected interruption or something so batsmen get feel of the ball again.

  • hayden on August 26, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    i dont think the austrlian public want split inning, and to trial it in a world cup year is just plain stupid! knowing the way things go these 3 bush fixtures will probably be well attended and sutherland will come out saying its a huge success, when really it was just the fact it was the only first class/list a cricket on show! i really hate this corporate CEO mentality in sport. they always feel they need to change status quo to justify their jobs and pay packets!!!

  • alex on August 25, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Mr sutherland, what is the use in creating public comment when you have ignored advice (from the players) in the past?

    "the players don't believe the split-innings format is the best solution" "the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) said 78% of its surveyed members rejected the idea."

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