Australia news September 11, 2013

WACA stripped of Test in 2014-15

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Perth is the major casualty of Australia's truncated 2014-15 Test summer, stripped of its annual match for the first time since 1976-77. Only four Tests are scheduled for a season in which India will visit, due mainly to the fixturing squeeze created by the 2015 World Cup, and the nation's two smallest and youngest major grounds in Perth and Hobart have been left off the Test calendar.

The decision has provoked an outraged response from the Western Australia Cricket Association, while the host broadcaster Channel Nine is also likely to be nonplussed about losing the one Test match of the summer it can screen in prime time to the populous eastern states, due to Perth's more westerly time zone. However it was always likely that Perth would miss out on the match due to concerns about the ground's facilities and size relative to its main rivals Brisbane and Adelaide.

While Bellerive Oval has never been a nailed-on venue, the WACA ground has invariably provided blood and thunder Test cricket, due to its uniquely fast and bouncy pitch. India were rounded up by an innings and 37 runs well inside three days in Perth in January 2012. Other considerations outlined by the CA chief executive James Sutherland included the strong claims of other grounds. Adelaide Oval's $535 million redevelopment will be complete in time for the series, while the Gabba has traditionally been host to the first Test of the summer and has consistently drawn larger crowds to its matches than Perth.

The WACA's size, a history of spotty attendances and facilities lagging behind other grounds have detracted from its standing among international venues, despite its lively pitch and a time zone more favourable to television audiences both in India and on the east coast of Australia. CA's verdict also maintains a longstanding tradition of "last in, first out" among venues - Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane all boasting of longer Test traditions than Perth.

"Though a traditional Test match venue with a proud history, the WACA ground has the smallest capacity of the five mainland Test venues and has historically attracted lower attendances," Sutherland said. "The WACA has been working hard to improve the facilities for its fans but it still requires significant improvements.

"Although the WACA has missed out on a Test match, they will play host to up to four limited-overs matches in the 2014-15 season that will see South Africa tour in a limited-overs series in November, as well as India and England competing in a tri-series in January prior to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup."

Christina Matthews, the WACA chief executive, expressed her deep disappointment at the WACA's reduced allocation for 2014-15. "Whilst CA will provide additional limited-overs matches to replace the Test match, there is no compensation for losing a Test," she said. "The on-going effect this loss will have on the WACA and cricket in Western Australia will be devastating. We will continue talks with CA and will be seeking an understanding from them of all the elements behind the decision."

Apart from Adelaide and Brisbane, the other party most likely to be pleased by the decision are India's cricketers. Save for a victory on an uncharacteristic WACA ground surface in 2008, India have struggled in Perth, and the green-tinged 2012 pitch is known to have been chief among the motivators for the retaliatory dustbowls prepared for Australia's visit to India earlier this year.

"One goes back to the Perth Test where the wicket was green and we played to our strengths and won the Test in two and a half days," Australia's former coach Mickey Arthur said last month. "They clearly wanted retribution for that and produced some of the toughest conditions I'd ever seen. They went out of their way to prepare those conditions and I can't argue with that."

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

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  • POSTED BY chechong0114 on | September 11, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Cricket Australia has definitely set the benchmark when it comes to excellence and quality standards for the game of cricket, the new Adelaide oval is a thing of sheer brilliance and excellence, they have broken every barrier and has made a statement that cricket as a sport is just as popular, significant and important as soccer, rugby and any other sport. The WACA ground in Australia may not be one of the highest quality but compared to the stadiums in south Africa, sri lanka and the Caribbean it easily surpasses any of them. I look forward to these upcoming series and the cricket world cup in 2015 I just hope that fans come out in huge numbers and fill these great venues making it well worth the while for the organization. Also cant wait to see what the WACA would look like if and when they decide to refurbish that great ground.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 25, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Ridiculous decision to drop Perth as a test venue, i can understand not having Bellerive Oval (looking at last summers aus vs sri lanka 1st test), but not even considering that this is the 3rd most viewed test after boxing day test and new years test, due to the timezones for the eastern states, is beyond me! !

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    test > one dayers.

    Gabba better be a green top after the pitches india served up

    CA needs it's head read

  • POSTED BY gogoldengreens on | September 14, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Will India let Australia play on a pitch that is not dry??? Can't believe that we give up the pitch that is the exact opposite to Indian conditions... Why not play 5 tests anyhow who wants a few extra ODI games??

  • POSTED BY DSPT on | September 13, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    As a WACA memebre for 13 years I would like to have my input. The real issue is only 4 test matches, for whatever reason CA missed the boat on that. I am sure what the Australian public want is even more ODI's in a world cup year! I buy memebership every year to view test cricket and shield cricket, the big bash an ryobi cup are added bonuses (not that there will be any of them this year). For all the people saying the WACA isn't this and isn't that, I would like to remind them it is as close to a purpose built cricket ground as we have in Australia. The view and facilities in the members area is fantastic. There are many reasons why there should be test cricket played at the WACA on a yearly basis. The WACA pitch is condusive to results, there has only been one draw since 2005, in that same time frame Adelaide Oval has played out 3 draws. If there are to be 4 test matches in years to come, the only venue to be guaranteed a test should be the MCG, with the rest to be rotated around.

  • POSTED BY JF19 on | September 13, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    I am not surprised. Look at the state of the WACA in comparison to all the other test grounds. Nothing has been done to improve the facilities or to increase the crowd capacity. Maybe it is a wake up call to improve the basics or lose the tests completely. Sure, this ground has produced some great cricketers and has had one of the best pitches in the world, but it does not cater for larger crowds and that is what brings in the money. WACA administrators should not be surprised. This may be the new Hobart where you may get one test every few years.

  • POSTED BY jargan83 on | September 13, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    People complaining about the security at the WACA, you do realise that when a Test is held at the ground it is effectively Cricket Australia in control of the ground? The security is enforcing Cricket Australia's rules not the WACA's. The cost of a ticket is ridiculous to go to a day of Cricket at the WACA and again Cricket Australia is to blame as they set the prices. I wish people would understand the orgnaisational structure of an event like a Test match before comenting

  • POSTED BY Liquefierrrr on | September 13, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    @(September 12, 2013, 9:08 GMT) & Harmony111 - India got flogged here last time and were outright embarrassing on the pace of our pitches regardless of whether they are 'flattening out' or 'slowing down'.

    Shaun Tait was talked up by Dennis Lillee yes, so was Mitchell Johnson ('a once in a lifetime bowler'). Dennis Lillee's opinions, thus, are not to be relied upon as much as his bowling was - that is all you are proving.

    And Harmony - we won the 08 series 2-1. No excuses.

    I won't make any excuses for the 2008 test, so fair play on that, but India made plenty of excuses (and continue to) for that series. I enjoy watching them heat up because the umpiring was poor - that's not Australia's fault.

    And the way they deal with poor umpiring moving forward? Scrap DRS entirely. I concede DRS has been used poorly in recent times, but it is still better with than without.

    India will never get to whinge about umpiring if they don't employ DRS. You can't have your cake and eat it aswell.

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | September 12, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Since the Indian fans seem so keen to talk about the 07-08 series... How good was it!!! 2-1 Australia. And that Sydney Test - awesome!! Best test ever.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Judging by the comments, this article has successfully led readers away from the truth. With the way India have ruthlessly wielded their financial might against Aus (in 2008), SA now and on many other occasions in the last few years, how can anyone actually believe that turncoat Sutherland when he says its laughable that people believe there was any influence from India about this decision. The disgusting pitches encountered on Aus's last tour of India was an over the top reaction by the BCCI in retaliation for their tour of Aus. When they werent greeted by the usual batting friendly wickets theyve bullied Australia (and other countries) into preparing for them in the last decade, they retaliated by preparing the sort of dustbowls via 'selective watering' that we havent seen in years. This is simply a continuation of that bullying.

  • POSTED BY chechong0114 on | September 11, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Cricket Australia has definitely set the benchmark when it comes to excellence and quality standards for the game of cricket, the new Adelaide oval is a thing of sheer brilliance and excellence, they have broken every barrier and has made a statement that cricket as a sport is just as popular, significant and important as soccer, rugby and any other sport. The WACA ground in Australia may not be one of the highest quality but compared to the stadiums in south Africa, sri lanka and the Caribbean it easily surpasses any of them. I look forward to these upcoming series and the cricket world cup in 2015 I just hope that fans come out in huge numbers and fill these great venues making it well worth the while for the organization. Also cant wait to see what the WACA would look like if and when they decide to refurbish that great ground.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 25, 2014, 2:36 GMT

    Ridiculous decision to drop Perth as a test venue, i can understand not having Bellerive Oval (looking at last summers aus vs sri lanka 1st test), but not even considering that this is the 3rd most viewed test after boxing day test and new years test, due to the timezones for the eastern states, is beyond me! !

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    test > one dayers.

    Gabba better be a green top after the pitches india served up

    CA needs it's head read

  • POSTED BY gogoldengreens on | September 14, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Will India let Australia play on a pitch that is not dry??? Can't believe that we give up the pitch that is the exact opposite to Indian conditions... Why not play 5 tests anyhow who wants a few extra ODI games??

  • POSTED BY DSPT on | September 13, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    As a WACA memebre for 13 years I would like to have my input. The real issue is only 4 test matches, for whatever reason CA missed the boat on that. I am sure what the Australian public want is even more ODI's in a world cup year! I buy memebership every year to view test cricket and shield cricket, the big bash an ryobi cup are added bonuses (not that there will be any of them this year). For all the people saying the WACA isn't this and isn't that, I would like to remind them it is as close to a purpose built cricket ground as we have in Australia. The view and facilities in the members area is fantastic. There are many reasons why there should be test cricket played at the WACA on a yearly basis. The WACA pitch is condusive to results, there has only been one draw since 2005, in that same time frame Adelaide Oval has played out 3 draws. If there are to be 4 test matches in years to come, the only venue to be guaranteed a test should be the MCG, with the rest to be rotated around.

  • POSTED BY JF19 on | September 13, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    I am not surprised. Look at the state of the WACA in comparison to all the other test grounds. Nothing has been done to improve the facilities or to increase the crowd capacity. Maybe it is a wake up call to improve the basics or lose the tests completely. Sure, this ground has produced some great cricketers and has had one of the best pitches in the world, but it does not cater for larger crowds and that is what brings in the money. WACA administrators should not be surprised. This may be the new Hobart where you may get one test every few years.

  • POSTED BY jargan83 on | September 13, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    People complaining about the security at the WACA, you do realise that when a Test is held at the ground it is effectively Cricket Australia in control of the ground? The security is enforcing Cricket Australia's rules not the WACA's. The cost of a ticket is ridiculous to go to a day of Cricket at the WACA and again Cricket Australia is to blame as they set the prices. I wish people would understand the orgnaisational structure of an event like a Test match before comenting

  • POSTED BY Liquefierrrr on | September 13, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    @(September 12, 2013, 9:08 GMT) & Harmony111 - India got flogged here last time and were outright embarrassing on the pace of our pitches regardless of whether they are 'flattening out' or 'slowing down'.

    Shaun Tait was talked up by Dennis Lillee yes, so was Mitchell Johnson ('a once in a lifetime bowler'). Dennis Lillee's opinions, thus, are not to be relied upon as much as his bowling was - that is all you are proving.

    And Harmony - we won the 08 series 2-1. No excuses.

    I won't make any excuses for the 2008 test, so fair play on that, but India made plenty of excuses (and continue to) for that series. I enjoy watching them heat up because the umpiring was poor - that's not Australia's fault.

    And the way they deal with poor umpiring moving forward? Scrap DRS entirely. I concede DRS has been used poorly in recent times, but it is still better with than without.

    India will never get to whinge about umpiring if they don't employ DRS. You can't have your cake and eat it aswell.

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | September 12, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Since the Indian fans seem so keen to talk about the 07-08 series... How good was it!!! 2-1 Australia. And that Sydney Test - awesome!! Best test ever.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Judging by the comments, this article has successfully led readers away from the truth. With the way India have ruthlessly wielded their financial might against Aus (in 2008), SA now and on many other occasions in the last few years, how can anyone actually believe that turncoat Sutherland when he says its laughable that people believe there was any influence from India about this decision. The disgusting pitches encountered on Aus's last tour of India was an over the top reaction by the BCCI in retaliation for their tour of Aus. When they werent greeted by the usual batting friendly wickets theyve bullied Australia (and other countries) into preparing for them in the last decade, they retaliated by preparing the sort of dustbowls via 'selective watering' that we havent seen in years. This is simply a continuation of that bullying.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Oz are making very bad moves as cricketing nation. They side-lined a venue which has produced greats like Rodney Marsh & Dennis Lillee in the 1970s, Adam Gilchrist and Michael Hussey of late 1990s and early to late 2000s respectively from their venues. Gilchrist and Hussey are one of the greatest sportsmen of the cricketing fraternity in general.

    Oz are bad while playing cricket. Now they are proving that they bad administrators also like BCCI.

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | September 12, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Australia actually played very many seam bowlers for a pitch that was supposedly slow.The report on that test says Australia had been doing a lot of showing off about the pace of the wicket.Australia also found it difficult to bat on & lost many wickets to Irfan Pathan & were severely troubled by Ishant Sharma's pace.Its amazing how wickets aren't called slow or flat when Hashim Amla or Jacques Kallis & Michael Clarke score runs.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    "Pretty poor effort, that." Not an actual quote from Richie Benaud regarding this decision.

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_bowlers_arm on | September 12, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    As a London based former WACA member I found on two of my most recent visits when Tests were on (the last two SA visits ... the big chase down & Ponting's final Test) the attendances were mediocre and I easily got tickets. I know its different for the Ashes but Perth people cant complain too much if one Test goes. Funnily enough I went to the first Perth Scorchers match last season and it was a full house. That said I agree about the atmosphere created by security, mindless PA systems and near beer but that's modern sport I guess. Finally I would say that given its a lead up to an ODI World Cup surely we could have LESS ODI's prior and a FIFTH Test

  • POSTED BY hyclass on | September 12, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    I'm stunned to find the featured comment is one commending CA. It can hardly have escaped notice that Australian Test Cricket has been in free-fall for up to five years. While CA has widely touted innumerable other causes, it has unquestionably been their methodical interference in formerly successful and internationally emulated processes and institutions. The destructive and deliberate prevention of performance based selection, the retention of non-performing staff such as Hilditch and Nielsen, reversal or dilution of the use of Institutes of Excellence, interference in 2nd XI use and age group restrictions, publicly flaying groundsmen, the Shield and misdirecting on public interest, the technique myth, the age myth, the youth myth, the desperate attempt to circumvent the findings of Argus by ramming 20/20 through against the States wishes and before consultation, the continued promotion of 20 over cricket's interests ahead of Shield and Test. Wake up. Its a plan, not an accident.

  • POSTED BY Little_Aussie_Battler on | September 12, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Not sure how the Sandgropers can sit there now and defend their poor turnouts.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    I have a question why is it that they only have a tri-series when India tours Australia, since 2008, only time there was a tri-series was when India arrived. Is this some money making scheme.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 12, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @Chris_P: All this talk of the WACA picth in 2008 being slowest began only after India defeated Aus there. Before that series, the Aus media & other cohorts were going ballistic saying that Aus will destroy Ind on the fast-bouncy WACA wicket. They were all hoping for 3-0 there but were abruptly brought down by the defeat.

    Am I making this up? Nope. There is plenty of documentary evidence to prove this. We all remember how Dennis Lilee had said that Shaun Tait will bowl at 170 kmph to terrorize Indians. Guess what? Shaun Tait retired from tests immediately after that test.

    It is hard for some ppl to accept defeats and so instead of saying well played India, you are now saying that actually the wicket was not as fast as it used to be.

    Just how slow had it become btw? Slower than Green Park? If the wicket was so slow then how could the slower Ind bowler get wickets but not the faster Aus bowlers? What kind of logic is this?

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @mautan..it seems excuses are already ready even before the series is started,u blaming BCCI for exclusion of perth,its a big joke..secondly the Aus pitches are getting flatter,the last series with SA was a prime example,to say that the pitches are intentionally made flat is utter stupidity,maybe i can counter your assertion and say that against SA the CA made flat pitches for fear of losing since we all know what happened when SA were given a fast pitch,yes Aus were routed in the 3rd tests,so series against india is not the only one where flat pitches were churned out..if thats the case i wonder why we had perth as venue last time ...as far as home advantage is concerned there are many Aus player playing in IPL and getting used to indian pitches..please come up with better excuses

  • POSTED BY redneck on | September 12, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    @Chris_P fyi the waca is not nor has it ever been bigger than adelaide oval!!! Mate if your going to make that claim maybe check the cricinfo ground page first!!! Feel sorry for the perth folk, i would be livid if adelaide missed out on a test!!! Cricket australia should have done everything it could to either get a 5 test series from india or failing that arranged a 1 off test with someone else to go with the 4 against india!!! Also we are hosting a world cup so why the hell schedual more odis with south africa ontop of the india and eng odis already happening before the tourniment starts???? We'll be sick to death of them before the real stuff starts!!! Again cricket australia doing its best to diminish its own sport in australia.

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | September 12, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    I don't actually think the BCCI or the cricketers have had any affect on this decision.Its a decision taken by Australians.I don't think any team apart from the English would beat Australia at Perth on a seriously quick pitch,Australia can be almost unbeatable on green pitches.India has won some tests on fast,green pitches (Headingley 2002,Durban 2010,etc) & they have had some brilliant individual performances on fast pitches but they generally had a bowling attack that is not competent in those conditions.

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | September 12, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Its a disappointment that the WACA is not being maintained & developed to a standard that it is no longer considered for a test.It generally produces a test of serious excitement.Unfortunately it isn't always as green as it was against India & seemed a bit too slow against S.A & allowed runs to come far too easily.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | September 12, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    So it has now moved on from dealing only with BCCI-friendly Presidents to playing on only BCCI-friendly pitches. Otherwise why would Cricket Australia not play in a venue in the most favorable time zone for both the Populous East Coast states in Australia and Prime day-time viewing in India?

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    While I understand the WACA would be the first to miss out of the five traditional venues, I find it unacceptable it's to squeeze in more limited overs games. The WACA's "history of spotty attendances" relate to being given the non-Australian triseries ODI's, or the lesser opponent when the summer includes two shorter Test series. This treatment isn't lost on people. We had average crowds in the ODI series last summer because frankly, it was average cricket. The Perth Scorchers regularly sell out the WACA beause they make an effort to connect to their fans.

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | September 12, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Its amusing how the BCCI gets accused for pretty much everything that goes wrong anywhere. Perhaps that's the price of power, especially when you prove yourself an irresponsible power holder. Its a different matter that the WACA no longer holds the terror it once held. If anything, the wicket at the Gabba is likely to be faster and bouncier than the one at WACA.

  • POSTED BY bjg62 on | September 12, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @Viv Gilchrist - I think part of the problem lies with the fact it is the only stadium in Australia solely owned by a Cricket Association. If it had part government ownership, then maybe some money would have been spent to keep it modern with a capacity matching the public demand. I am thinking that this is the beginning of the end for the WACA, with drop in pitches to be used at the new Burswood (60 000 seat) facility for future Test matches.

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | September 12, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Dustbowls? Have the Australians run out of excuses for their poor showing in India? The Australians won all four tosses in that series against India and got the best of the conditions. And Mr. Brettig seems to have conveniently forgotten that one of the best Australian batsmen on that tour was their No.9. Turns out the Indians aren't the only ones conjuring up lame excuses to deny their incompetence.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    The obvious solution here was surely a 5 test series? But oh noes we can't let anything take away from the Big Bash League can we?

  • POSTED BY jargan83 on | September 12, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Cricket Australia has caved in order to make some rupees because I reckon BCCI has played a part in this decision. BCCI gets what BCCI wants and the rest of world Cricket has to lump it that the Indian Cricketers are afraid of a pitch with a bit of pace and bounce

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | September 12, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    i cant express how furious i am with this. this is the last straw, sutherland is a disgrace and has to go.

  • POSTED BY WACA40 on | September 12, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    ODI or T20 smash & bash is no substitute for Test cricket. Typical East Coast decision at the expense of WA. Grab the resource money, grab the GST, give nothing in return. Shame on Cricket Australia

  • POSTED BY Rohan_K on | September 12, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Just for everyone's information Gabba in recent years has be as bouncier/quicker to the WACA if not more. Aus has enjoyed a good record at the Gabba. If India get a Test match at the WACA/Gabba does not make much of a difference with the wickets.So kindly stop pushing Indians and our cash rich board in every matter. Yes board has money hence its dominates world cricket. Aus & Eng boards did the same for so many years now its India's turn. Aus & Eng boards made decisions suited them the most and then they thought about the game of cricket or the rest of the world. So stop cribbing over BCCI is dominating.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    @din7- even if agreeing to your point of the WACA being at its slowest in 2008, was your attack consisting of Shaun Tait, Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson slow??? They are /were supposed to be among the quickest in the world ,known for their 'air speed'. Would pitch conditions have slowed them down?? If it was at its slowest, why did the Aussies fold up against India even slower medium pacers?? The reason was simple. It was still a Perth pitch that offered bounce and seam movement which was better exploited by the Indian pacers, who didnt get carried away and instead pitched it up. The Aussies got carried away by the pace and bounce and wasted time bowling short pitched deliveries, which were left alone.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | September 12, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    As we could see, after 2010, there is no big scores in this pitch. And it shows how much its is doctored. So, eye for an eye is simple reply and BCCI did that in India. I would like to see the natural pitch which will produce good score.

  • POSTED BY JoyJunior on | September 12, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Don't agree with Daniel on "Apart from Adelaide and Brisbane, the other party most likely to be pleased by the decision are India's cricketers"

    India is a team who started to show their confidence in playing foreign pitches ... They will be keen to play in WACA and to show the whole world, what they are capable of... Go on India's youth Brigade.

    My appeal to CA is to please schedule 5 test matches .

  • POSTED BY din7 on | September 12, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    @nimit inida did win at perth in 2008 but it was the slowest perth wicket i ever saw..otherwise india wont win at perth even in their dreams...eg i last series where it was really bouncy one.....thankfully CA has saved us from perth...no matter it will still be 4-0...to aus....

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | September 12, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    @Husain Husaini, Can't play five test because there isn't enough time before the world cup to do so. The WACA test is usually a highlight in test series for Aus,but the fact is, as good as it is historically, it's the smallest and doesn't draw the biggest of crowds.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    @Nimit ..2008 WACA wicket was a road ..I've never seen keepers collecting the balls at knee level in any other tests there.Flat wicket was the sole reason for our win in 2008 though our media hyped it as usual

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    I'd trade a Gabba test for a WACA test any year. Brisbane has bordered on a road for the last couple of years. The Perth wicket guarantees a result.

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    The real issues is there's only going to be 4 test matches in a summer. Hasn't happened in my life time.

    According to the FTP, prior to the the test series we're hosting South Africa for 5 ODI & 3 T20, plus an ODI tri series just before the CWC. Talk about overkill, the fans will have had more than enough 1-day cricket by the time Pakistan v Qualifier 2 comes round.

    How about reducing or scraping the South Africa series and play a test or two even if it's against Zim or Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY AidanFX on | September 12, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Wow the Indian board really must be powerful - no but in all seriousness, bad move. This is a ground which has historic value for its different style of pitch. This is a bad move. India have won on it before I might add.

    I was at the last one - the crowd presence was awesome.

  • POSTED BY Swan_Draught on | September 12, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Poor decision.

    What is the point of the Gabba's capacity when nobody ever turns up to Gabba test matches?

    As for the facilities maybe CA wants the WACA to give up its soul and become a footy stadium with a drop in wicket like the rest?

  • POSTED BY tennakoon63 on | September 12, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    BCCI strikes again. This time they don't want any matches in WACA and lose. So they are calling the shots and CA is caving in.

  • POSTED BY Scul on | September 12, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    This is terrible news for Perth in particular and cricket in Australia as a whole, the commercial decision may have been made but the issue is that 4 Tests is not enough in a summer. Cricket Australia is tinkering with formats with the domestic game and now messing around with the international fixtures, they don't look like they know what to do and are thrashing around causing damage to our beautiful game. Is there even a strategy or just blind panic as CA lurch from season to season?

  • POSTED BY RJHB on | September 12, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    OMG! CA are destroying the fabric of our cricket culture, this is just ridiculous. I'll bet anything the pathetic Big Bash hasn't been compromised one bit, and Australia to still play a series of utterly useless one Dayers BEFORE the WC. Absurd decision. A money first decision. Way to go on adopting the greedy BCCI model of management!

  • POSTED BY ToneMalone on | September 12, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    The loss of the Perth Test is another gut wound to cricket, inflicted by money-hungry administrators. The conditions there offer a point of difference to many grounds in the eastern states, which have lost much of their individual character over the years, both in terms of the pitches and the historic stands. I'm a Sydneysider, but love the tradition of the Perth Test - it shouldn't be lost. One-day games are no consolation. CA administrators: you're there as custodians of the game, not to rake in the dollars. Start acting that way.

  • POSTED BY Robster1 on | September 12, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    It's simple - India says no to a quick, bouncy wicket and the Aussies agree so as not to upset their $...

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    My Lord, 2014-15 is going to be a hideous summer of cricket down in Australia with all these meaningless, cringe-inducing 1-dayers. Yep, 5 tests against India would be ideal. I don't understand why it's a "fixture squeeze" that has caused this because the Perth test is usually in mid-December. Why not just follow the same schedule they'll be having for the upcoming Ashes series, with Brisbane in November, Adelaide and Perth in the first half of December and then Boxing Day in Melbourne and the New Year test in Sydney?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 12, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    The WACA has a history of spotty attendances in test matches???? I went to 1st day of auatralia v india and me and the sellout crowd watched David Warner kaboomed that 100 of 50odd balls. Or what about last summers test against South Africa? I missed getting tickets, so I watched the whole test off my tv, and not an empty seat/space in the ground in the 1st 4 days...

  • POSTED BY Rowayton on | September 12, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Husain Husaini has hit the nail on the head. If you only play 4 tests then someone is going to miss out. But it's better than three!

  • POSTED BY on | September 12, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    @ Sandip Manjrekar

    " English ODI side is much weaker than SL, WI, PAK, NZ and even Ireland."

    Strange that England's ranked above all of those teams then. I guess they must all have had food poisoning when England came within one shot of winning the Champions Trophy.

  • POSTED BY Little_Aussie_Battler on | September 12, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    Perth cricket watchers are notorious for not attending cricket. Attendances are always so poor over in W.A.

    This should stand as a lesson that if Perth does not show up to games in the future do not take your position for granted.

  • POSTED BY crow_eater on | September 12, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    Strange decision. As a SACA member we were told that the choice of grounds was going to be between Adelaide & Brisbane with Sydney, Melbourne & Perth locked in. Maybe Channel 9 are losing their influence with CA, mind you after the Ryobi Cup debarcle I thought if 9 said "jump", CA would say "how high". Makes it hard for the WACA to try to make the improvements to their ground though with the decreased revenue from not hosting a test. @chechong0114 don't give too much credit to CA for the new look Adelaide Oval either, that was a deal stitched up between the State goverment & the AFL. In fact we pretty much gifted the AFL with a new Stadium & surrended our rights to our oval for 6 months & 1 day each year. The first Redbacks shield game will now be played at Glenelg oval due to the unfinished condition of the ground this year. And god forbid the Redbacks ever get into a Shield Final it won't be played at Adelaide Oval because the footy will have control of the oval then.

  • POSTED BY Rooboy on | September 11, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    This highlights, yet again, the idiotic stance by those who say that Australia doctor pitches and set up the fixture to benefit the home team. If this was the case then the WACA would be the first test venue to be included for a series v India (notwithstanding Aus's loss to Ind there in 2009), and Sydney or maybe Adelaide would be the first to go. But facts never come into play for the people who whine about Australia's pitches anyway, and I guess this will also be overlooked the next time the debate comes up.

  • POSTED BY on | September 11, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    Extremely disappointed with the Cricket Australia in the WACA decision as a frequent visitor to the WACA I will miss the test. They will not be playing on the best pitch in Australia. please rectify for the following season.

  • POSTED BY VivGilchrist on | September 11, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    All that mining money, an escalating population, good weather, yet the worst sports stadiums in mainland Australia. WA get your act together.

  • POSTED BY UndertheGrill on | September 11, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    @Sandip Manjrekar: It's England because it forms part of a reciprocal arrangement between CA and the ECB, the first part of which was hosting Australia for 5 ODIs last year. It's basically the reason why England v South Africa was only a 3 test series.

  • POSTED BY d_the_b on | September 11, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    A 4 test summer? Not good. "Sorry kids, there's no turkey this year but it's ok because we have more Spam and Tofu than ever before! Kids?.. Kids??.."

  • POSTED BY cheesemethod on | September 11, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    I actually thought over the last few years the crowds at the Gabba have been way below par, while I know the WACA doesnt have the same capacity as other grounds but they usually fill the place up. I know the BBL is a different format but from watching it on Tele, the Perth crowds always provide the best atmosphere when it comes to numbers and passion. Also being on the east coast myself I do enjoy watching a WACA test because of the timezones and just because its the WACA - the ground, the pitch, the crowd all have character.

  • POSTED BY MrPud on | September 11, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    This stinks! There will be a group of impressionable youngsters in Perth that could ultimately choose another sport - or worse - t20. Why give touring teams time to acclimatise before the World Cup? It is becoming increasingly obvious that money is more important than on field success and junior development.

    @Batmanian, don't worry about plucky little Adelaide mate, the re-development will increase capacity to 50,000 and per capita, is the best attended Test in Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | September 11, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    The wicket is great but the stands clearly need some work.Sometimes a good kick up the bum can do some good.Maybe this could serve as a wake-up call.Look at how Old Trafford has bounced back onto the Test Match schedule after a few years of being dropped off.

  • POSTED BY Batmanian on | September 11, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Nimit, I don't think the gate money is a huge issue. It's irrelevant where games are played for television revenue (except insofar as a ground that is big and full makes for better cricket). With 4 ODIs, the state association will make more money than from a Test. But WA fans - who like all Australian fans, are great fans - will suffer.

    Bellarine is definitely the first regular venue to leave off, and then the emotionally correct alternatives are Perth and Brisbane. Likewise, if they're going to persist with three Test series against big teams (and I hope they don't), Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide is the obvious circuit - Australia is the home of Test cricket and tradition counts for much, although I suspect little Adelaide will be increasingly stiffed.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | September 11, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    This is disturbing. The true cricket fan would love to see Test Cricket at Perth. Hope this is a wake up call to WACA to improve the facilities.

  • POSTED BY Optic on | September 11, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    @Sandip Manjrekar I don't know why I'm even responding to this post but obviously this is an Indian fan still bitter about England thumping them in Test cricket home and away. So go on then, show me these results and stats that show how England are a much weaker side than SL, WI, PAK, NZ and even Ireland because fact is evidence suggests they are a better side than ALL those. Australia have been beaten by England in 5 out of the last 6 one day games and their one win was against a side missing over half their first choice players. You do know that posting like this just makes yourself look foolish

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | September 11, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Another blow to Test cricket what are they thinking ?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 11, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    my favorite venue is Waca especially for bounce in the pitch

  • POSTED BY Gloucsfan on | September 11, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    England and Australia will have played odi series in 2009, 2010/11, 2012, 2013, 2014/5, 2015 and 2016/17. It's so boring

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | September 11, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    @Nimit Deepak Palija. A win in Perth yes, but certainly not a win on a pitch that had pace for it was during that period of time when the WACA was at its slowest, nothing, it was one of the slowest wickets in Australia for a few years. The transition back to fast & bouncy started after that & we saw the results with both England & India. BTW, the WACA is NOT a small ground by any means, it is larger than both Adelaide & Sydney.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | September 11, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    The flat track made to support weak Aus batting line also made things easier for India !

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | September 11, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Aus now knew that Clarke is only class test batsman on side and thats why they prepared flat tracks against SA as well in last year where final match in Perth exposed their weak batting line. They are again in defensive mode but they forget that it's not what Australians are known for.

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | September 11, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    @Nimit Deepak Palija India won against attack without McGrath, Gillespie, Braken but defeated by an innings an 23 runs in 2011-12.

  • POSTED BY on | September 11, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Ind, nz and aus should play series, eng is too weak and boring side.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | September 11, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Not surprised at all. Disappointed as a Perth cricket fan but more angry at our government for the pathetic state the waca is in right now. Thankfully our new stadium will set things right in the future.

  • POSTED BY hunain94 on | September 11, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Again its the indian dominance why not pak,zim,sri,nz and others are not given chance to play in oceania before world cup.....shame on icc

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 11, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Ok, so Daniel, you think India had an influence in removing the perth test since we struggled their last time around? Who struggled in 2008 then? FYI, we won the perth test in 2008

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 11, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    If tickets didn't cost at least $50 for a seat in the outer; if we could buy full-strength beer; if we didn't have security who've no idea nor interest in cricket; if we didn't have to endure loudspeakers interrupting every break in play with announcements and unnecessary "music", maybe we West Australians would turn up more frequently. But since we're treated as mugs before, during and after the game, it's no wonder we'd rather stay at home than fork out $150+ per person to be treated as imbeciles.

  • POSTED BY mautan on | September 11, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    whether people agree or not, everything is going to be favouring BCCI. Forget the one off 2008 test, in Perth, generally India cannot last 3 days in Perth. Keep making Inda and BCCI happy, even if it means laying out flat surfaces or even spinning ones. Also give India a nice 10 match ond day series before the WC as preparation and then when Australia are outclassed, keep wondering what happened to the 'home' advantage. For the last so many years, Australia has not made any effort to make fast or lively pitches for an India series. Is it for the televison revenue, that the matches should not end faster? Anyways, I do not believe any sane board will take out one of the most garanteed test victories from a series for their team and make it harder for them to win. Amazing really.

  • POSTED BY on | September 11, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    India, England and Australia Tri-series before World cup 2015. Why England?? Why Can't SA or NZ. Why does OZ like playing with ENG???? English ODI side is much weaker than SL, WI, PAK, NZ and even Ireland. It will be great to watch top 3 teams fighting with each other in Australia. NZ is also good team playing in AUS and its A side looked much better in their current IND tour.

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | September 11, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    India should use the same kind of policy for test venues in india. Chennai, kolkata, mumbai, delhi or bangalore..are the venues are mostly watched by peoples in india.. Hope it will happen:) we can give all the limited overs cricket to remaining stadiums in the nation...

  • POSTED BY Jaffa79 on | September 11, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    England, India and Australia need to stop playing each other!!!! It is getting boring!

  • POSTED BY David_Boon on | September 11, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Pathetic decision. What a disgrace. Just play 5 Tests, and dump some money grabbing ODIs or T20s!! For instance, why do England arrive in Australia for the Ashes while the Australian team is in India!? This happened last year too, and the year before that. Why go to India to play useless ODIs? Cricket Australia is going to kill the game with their greed, no wonder young people aren't taking up cricket anymore.

  • POSTED BY on | September 11, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    For the ppl who are saying India struggle at Perth are forgetting the 2008 series , where India won the match at Perth . Perth is a great ground however as pointed out by Sutherland , it will not get that much revenue out of it as its a small ground.

  • POSTED BY ReverseSweepIndia on | September 11, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    when its green and bouncy its good for cricket but when it spins then its doctored and bad for cricket. Smirks aside, wickets like Perth, Durban,Delhi are which make Test cricket challenging otherwise every Raina/Watson/Pollard would have been playing not only test matched but also scoring centuries too.

  • POSTED BY shuvo_bba on | September 11, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Oh! There are sure many things to fear in the perfect suits of WACA for the Indians. I am sure they will be wanting to make every venues of WC 2015 as flat as dead. gosh! This has to stop!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | September 11, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Play 5 tests! Problem solved.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | September 11, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    That is the punishment the WACA receive for dishing up a pitch not catered to India's needs. New Zealand had the same problem in 2002, and didn't see India for another seven years.

  • POSTED BY SrikanthYamana on | September 11, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Wow.. India, England and Australia Tri-series will be interesting to watch before World cup.... India will having a lot of foreign tours in 2014, that will help in World cup 2015...

  • POSTED BY SrikanthYamana on | September 11, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Wow.. India, England and Australia Tri-series will be interesting to watch before World cup.... India will having a lot of foreign tours in 2014, that will help in World cup 2015...

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | September 11, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    That is the punishment the WACA receive for dishing up a pitch not catered to India's needs. New Zealand had the same problem in 2002, and didn't see India for another seven years.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | September 11, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Play 5 tests! Problem solved.

  • POSTED BY shuvo_bba on | September 11, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Oh! There are sure many things to fear in the perfect suits of WACA for the Indians. I am sure they will be wanting to make every venues of WC 2015 as flat as dead. gosh! This has to stop!

  • POSTED BY ReverseSweepIndia on | September 11, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    when its green and bouncy its good for cricket but when it spins then its doctored and bad for cricket. Smirks aside, wickets like Perth, Durban,Delhi are which make Test cricket challenging otherwise every Raina/Watson/Pollard would have been playing not only test matched but also scoring centuries too.

  • POSTED BY on | September 11, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    For the ppl who are saying India struggle at Perth are forgetting the 2008 series , where India won the match at Perth . Perth is a great ground however as pointed out by Sutherland , it will not get that much revenue out of it as its a small ground.

  • POSTED BY David_Boon on | September 11, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Pathetic decision. What a disgrace. Just play 5 Tests, and dump some money grabbing ODIs or T20s!! For instance, why do England arrive in Australia for the Ashes while the Australian team is in India!? This happened last year too, and the year before that. Why go to India to play useless ODIs? Cricket Australia is going to kill the game with their greed, no wonder young people aren't taking up cricket anymore.

  • POSTED BY Jaffa79 on | September 11, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    England, India and Australia need to stop playing each other!!!! It is getting boring!

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | September 11, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    India should use the same kind of policy for test venues in india. Chennai, kolkata, mumbai, delhi or bangalore..are the venues are mostly watched by peoples in india.. Hope it will happen:) we can give all the limited overs cricket to remaining stadiums in the nation...

  • POSTED BY on | September 11, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    India, England and Australia Tri-series before World cup 2015. Why England?? Why Can't SA or NZ. Why does OZ like playing with ENG???? English ODI side is much weaker than SL, WI, PAK, NZ and even Ireland. It will be great to watch top 3 teams fighting with each other in Australia. NZ is also good team playing in AUS and its A side looked much better in their current IND tour.