England in Australia 2013-14 November 22, 2012

ODIs cut back for Ashes summer

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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

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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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!!

  • 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!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    How about 20 tests or 200 t20s? Really miss the tri series ODIs. Watching those matches on tv with a fabulous commentary team was out of the world. Alas the market forces want to bring in money.

  • POSTED BY Ross_Co on | November 22, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    @Front-Foot_lunge - I do sympathise with your depression, knowing what a patriotic 'England' supporter you are it must be heartbreaking to have watched the ineptitude and self-delusion of the past 12 months - but I don't think it has been quite as black as you see it. While the last 12 months have been one unedifying humiliation after another, 'England' has been through much worse - much much much worse & perhaps may well do so again. Soon. After all, as you yourself alluded to, many fans had the illusion of their team's 'aura' & 'legacy' to comfort them through one disappointment after another. I fear this comfort blanket has by now slipped away from all but the most outer-planetary fan and the coming year will be much as you fear - ten long terrible ordeals conducted in the hard unforgiving light of reality. I'm sure you personally will bear this with fortitude but I do worry about others less grounded than yourself.

  • POSTED BY reddawn1975 on | November 22, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    50 over cricket should not be changed to make way for more T20 games its not cricket.50 over one day matches are still Amazing to see T20s are just money driven they will end up killing the sport with standards of players becoming alot lower.Test match cricket is the number 1 and i agree with you guys way to many test between two countries in 6 months crazy world cricket has been thrown into a spin since T20 everything revolves around the money i mean the T 20s its time to play less T20s and more test and 50 over games dont mess with a proven system.....

  • POSTED BY Smithie on | November 22, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    If CA can plan and announce a series for 2013/14 why can't the BCCI confirm the forthcoming Australian Test series in India which is less than 3 months away ?

  • POSTED BY fitzy99 on | November 22, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Why don't they combine both formats? Say play 3 ,50 over matches and 3 ,20 over matches and alternate them.Whoever wins the most matches in both formats gets the trophy.I think it's better to combine the two than keep them separate and pit them against each other

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 22, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    @Shridharan.S on (November 22 2012, 09:51 AM GMT) - NO! Sorry mate - a big NO!!!!!!!!!! Ashes = 5+ Tests!

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    OMG, rubbish, rubbish! We need the 20-20 to precede the ODIs which in turn should precede the Tests - "whet the appetite". 1 T20, 3 ODIs, 6 Tests. That is how it should be.

  • POSTED BY TasChard on | November 22, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Is there any rational reason why there can't be a Bellerieve Ashes Test? Make it a six test series and bring the big event to every state in the country!

  • POSTED BY EdwardTLogan on | November 22, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    I wouldn't mind a six Test series, followed by five ODIs. Leave the T20 rubbish to the domestic competitions......

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    they should play 7 ODI's or 6 Tests, but T-20's no more than 1 ,,, because,,,, its not a cricket,,, its entertainment,,, so please do not care it,,, do not take it to international level,,, :/

  • POSTED BY Shridharan.S on | November 22, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    It should be 4 Tests 7ODI's and 3T20's

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot_lunge on | November 22, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I suspect the only people sick of the ashes by the end of these back-to-back series, will be my fellow english fans, after what will no doubt be two humiliating series defeats. One more loss to India and this last 12 months will go on record as the worst 12 months by an English cricket team ever! And to think this time last year, we spoke of 'legacy' and 'aura'......

  • POSTED BY jackiethepen on | November 22, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    I think 5 is fine. I think that is the right number for ODI matches. It keeps the interest in the format sharp. The England-Australia ODI Series in the summer kept tension going throughout and was very popular with the fans who packed out the games with full houses. The media pretended that there was no interest in the Series but their views were premeditated. The Aussies under Clarke are up for a fight and it was a terrific Series which England took brilliantly with Bell and Cook at the top of the order.

  • POSTED BY Ross_Co on | November 22, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    The trouble with a 5 test series is that it'll be a dead rubber by the end of the 3rd test. Really Australia should only play 2 test series against lower ranked teams like Bangladesh & 'England'.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 22, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    @Htc-Android on (November 22 2012, 05:50 AM GMT) - it is a glitch in the programming due to the Olympics & the Oz World Cup. Normally it will be every two years. @Simon Davis - it would have better synergy, the downside being, too much short form cricket (IMO), leads to a drop in standard in Tests. So in the end the better cricket will be played (again IMO) - with the Tests first.

  • POSTED BY pitch_curator on | November 22, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    This is just ridiculous. 10 test matches between two countries in the span of six months? This is an overdose and by the end of the series, the fans of both countries would be delighted that it is over. The rest of the world would treat the second series, the same way they treat an India-SL one-day series.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Well it's already going to be 10 Ashes tests in about 8 months. Not sure this is the best time to be trying a 6 Test Ashes series. Glad to see fewer ODIs. 7 ODI series following the Ashes is silly. If anything, though, maybe play the limited overs before the Ashes, like an entree before the real stuff. Playing it after the Ashes is anti-climactic.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    I agree with Vaughan Garner Should be six Tests, five ODIs and 1 T20.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    T20 is schools cricket and we don't need it at international level

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | November 22, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    are they joking or something? AUs will play ashes in Eng next year july and then within 3 moths we have another ashes in Australia. Shouldnt this be played in every two years?

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    5 ODIS is still overkill. They should reduce it to 3.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    About time. They should just give up on differentiating T20s and ODIs- just call them all One Day Internationals, and schedule them for however many overs they like.

  • POSTED BY L4zybugg3r on | November 22, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Hooray, finally a step in the right direction. I still think 3 ODIs and 3 T20s is a good number but at least its a step in the right direction.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Perfect opportunity to play a 6 test series (1 at Hobart) like CA suggested a couple of years ago. Missing a trick here

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  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Perfect opportunity to play a 6 test series (1 at Hobart) like CA suggested a couple of years ago. Missing a trick here

  • POSTED BY L4zybugg3r on | November 22, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Hooray, finally a step in the right direction. I still think 3 ODIs and 3 T20s is a good number but at least its a step in the right direction.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    About time. They should just give up on differentiating T20s and ODIs- just call them all One Day Internationals, and schedule them for however many overs they like.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    5 ODIS is still overkill. They should reduce it to 3.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | November 22, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    are they joking or something? AUs will play ashes in Eng next year july and then within 3 moths we have another ashes in Australia. Shouldnt this be played in every two years?

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    T20 is schools cricket and we don't need it at international level

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    I agree with Vaughan Garner Should be six Tests, five ODIs and 1 T20.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Well it's already going to be 10 Ashes tests in about 8 months. Not sure this is the best time to be trying a 6 Test Ashes series. Glad to see fewer ODIs. 7 ODI series following the Ashes is silly. If anything, though, maybe play the limited overs before the Ashes, like an entree before the real stuff. Playing it after the Ashes is anti-climactic.

  • POSTED BY pitch_curator on | November 22, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    This is just ridiculous. 10 test matches between two countries in the span of six months? This is an overdose and by the end of the series, the fans of both countries would be delighted that it is over. The rest of the world would treat the second series, the same way they treat an India-SL one-day series.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 22, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    @Htc-Android on (November 22 2012, 05:50 AM GMT) - it is a glitch in the programming due to the Olympics & the Oz World Cup. Normally it will be every two years. @Simon Davis - it would have better synergy, the downside being, too much short form cricket (IMO), leads to a drop in standard in Tests. So in the end the better cricket will be played (again IMO) - with the Tests first.