Australia news June 23, 2014

Australia's summer schedule released


Cricket Australia has finalised an international season heavy on limited-overs cricket, with Adelaide losing its semi-traditional Australia Day match to Sydney. Australia's home internationals will begin on November 5 when they play South Africa in the first T20 and with the World Cup dominating the February-March slot in Australia and New Zealand, it will be a long international season.

India are the only team playing Tests in Australia this summer and the first of four will begin at the Gabba on December 4, the latest start to Australia's home Test summer in 11 years. It had previously been determined that with only four Tests scheduled, the WACA would be the venue to lose a Test this year; Adelaide will host the second Test from December 12 before the traditional Boxing Day and New Year's Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.

But Adelaide's tradition of hosting an international on Australia Day has been ignored, with Australia to play India at the SCG in a one-day match on January 26, which is also India's Republic Day. That match is part of a tri-series that also features England; in total, Australia will play at least nine ODIs at home in the lead-up to the World Cup, which starts on February 14.

Cricket Australia has also released the domestic one-day and four-day schedule and while the BBL fixture is yet to be finalised, it has been confirmed that it will be cut back to 43 days from last year's bloated 50-day tournament. The domestic one-day tournament will open the season as it did last summer, although this time it will be held in Sydney and Brisbane rather than Sydney alone, as was the case in 2013-14.

It will also have a new name after spending four years as the Ryobi Cup; the competition will now be called the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup. An extra round of matches has also been factored in for the Matador Cup to help players push their cases in a World Cup year, and the tournament will run from October 4 to 26 before the Sheffield Shield begins with its first round on October 31.

Four Shield rounds will be played before the first Test against India, although they will not all be preparing players for Tests with the red ball. After trialling pink balls and day-night Shield cricket late last summer, Cricket Australia will again test the concept this season. This time, though, the day-night matches will make up round two of the Shield, from November 8 to 11, with games in Hobart, Perth and Adelaide.

Adelaide remains the most likely venue for Australia to host its first day-night Test, which could be as early as next summer against New Zealand. However, Hobart is also considered a possibility and Cricket Australia was keen to test day-night Shield cricket there this season after last year's trials took place in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane.

December 8 to February 7 will be a Shield-free zone as the BBL becomes the focus, with the Twenty20 tournament set to begin on December 18. Five Shield rounds will be played after the BBL, although the unavailability of major venues due to the World Cup has meant that secondary grounds such as Bankstown Oval, Allan Border Field and Glenelg's Gliderol Stadium will be used.

New South Wales will take two matches to regional parts of the state but Victoria faces a major scheduling issue as the MCG is its only ground currently approved for first-class cricket. There is a possibility Victoria will be forced to play three home games interstate if a Victorian venue cannot be found for the games against Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania in February-March.

Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland said this summer had proved especially challenging to schedule due to the World Cup, which runs from February 14 to March 29 in Australia and New Zealand. The fixture was so complex that 72 drafts were required before the schedule was finalised.

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup
October 4: New South Wales v South Australia, Allan Border Field, Brisbane
October 4: Queensland v Victoria, Gabba
October 6: Queensland v New South Wales, Allan Border Field
October 6: Victoria v South Australia, Gabba
October 8: South Australia v Western Australia, Gabba
October 8: Tasmania v Victoria, Allan Border Field
October 10: New South Wales v Queensland, Gabba
October 11: Western Australia v Tasmania, Gabba
October 12: South Australia v Queensland, Allan Border Field
October 12: Victoria v New South Wales, North Sydney Oval
October 13: Tasmania v Western Australia, North Sydney Oval
October 14: Queensland v Victoria, North Sydney Oval
October 15: New South Wales v Western Australia, Drummoyne Oval
October 15: South Australia v Tasmania, Bankstown Oval
October 17: Victoria v New South Wales, Drummoyne Oval
October 17: Western Australia v South Australia, Bankstown Oval
October 18: Queensland v Tasmania, North Sydney Oval
October 19: Victoria v Western Australia, Drummoyne Oval
October 20: New South Wales v Tasmania, Drummoyne Oval
October 22: Tasmania v South Australia, North Sydney Oval
October 22: Western Australia v Queensland, Bankstown Oval
October 24: 2nd v 3rd, preliminary final, Drummoyne Oval
October 26: Final, SCG

Sheffield Shield
October 31-November 2: Western Australia v Tasmania, WACA
October 31-November 2: Victoria v New South Wales, MCG
October 31-November 2: South Australia v Queensland, Adelaide Oval

November 8-11: Western Australia v Queensland, WACA (day-night)
November 8-11: Tasmania v Victoria, Bellerive Oval (day-night)
November 8-11: South Australia v New South Wales, Adelaide Oval (day-night)

November 16-19: Tasmania v Western Australia, Bellerive Oval
November 16-19: South Australia v Victoria, Adelaide Oval
November 16-19: Queensland v New South Wales, Gabba

November 25-28: Victoria v Western Australia, MCG
November 25-28: Queensland v Tasmania, Allan Border Field
November 25-28: New South Wales v South Australia, SCG

December 5-8: Western Australia v Victoria, WACA
December 5-8: Tasmania v South Australia, Bellerive Oval
December 5-8: New South Wales v Queensland, SCG

February 7-10: Western Australia v South Australia, WACA
February 7-10: Tasmania v New South Wales, Bellerive Oval
February 7-10: Queensland v Victoria, Gabba

February 16-19: Tasmania v Queensland, Bellerive Oval
February 16-19: South Australia v Western Australia, Gliderol Stadium, Glenelg
February 16-19: New South Wales v Victoria, Regional NSW (venue TBC)

February 24-27: Victoria v Queensland, TBC
February 24-27: South Australia v Tasmania, Gliderol Stadium
February 24-27: New South Wales v Western Australia, Regional NSW (venue TBC)

March 5-8: Victoria v South Australia, TBC
March 5-8: Queensland v Western Australia, Allan Border Field
March 5-8: New South Wales v Tasmania, Bankstown Oval

March 13-16: Western Australia v New South Wales, WACA
March 13-16: Victoria v Tasmania, TBC
March 13-16: Queensland v South Australia, Gabba

March 21-25: Sheffield Shield final

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Disappointed again with the Domestic One Day Series format for Australia. There is still room on the calendar to make a good competition but Cricket Australia continue to treat the competition with complete disregard. The Mercantile Mutual Cup Competition back in it's heyday was fantastic.

  • Andrew on June 26, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    @ac_Indian on (June 23, 2014, 14:30 GMT) - I think your comments are correct. There is some basis however, to suggest that the big-3 have got themselves lined up nicely with the ODI series prior to the WC. I don't have a problem with that, the reality is, Oz have the best cricket facilities anywhere in the world, & other touring sides can get ample quality practise before the W/Cup. Just takes a little bit of organising!

  • Andrew on June 26, 2014, 0:06 GMT

    Storm in a tea cup, I was peeved that India didn't play at the Gabba last time they toured, so it happens to be the WACA that misses out, sorry for WA fans, but Brisbane has gotten the raw prawn for years. == == == India have won at the WACA before. They can play on bouncy pitches, just not as well on low turners. I must state though - the win at the WACA was on about the slowest WACA pitch ever. It had bounce - but it was slower than a wet week! == == == India went toe to toe with Oz at the Gabba the last time they played a Test there. It was rain interrupted. Ganguly got India past 400 & took an innings lead. == == == Predictions in test cricket often come unstuck, but I would say that all things being equal, the Ozzy pace attack is stronger than last time India toured, & India's batsmen are not as GREAT as last time. I am not saying that India's batsmen are WORSE than last time, but they don't have much Oz-experience, which will possibly be bad news. Could be Kholi's series?

  • VIJAY on June 25, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    INDIA is the only team which won a test against Australia in will be a good practice just before WC 2015....thanx Australia and BCCI for arranging this tour....Australia is one of my favourite countries which always supported India just like her fans.....among old generation players, After Dravid i like Gilchrist more than any other player in the world...very humble behaviour, sportsmanship (walked out several times without waiting for umpires decision), superb batting and keeping skills....probably Cricket wont see such a player new generation players, after Kohli, my favourite player is need to explain his batting skills (explosive and mind blowing)...waiting for that wonderful series....once again thanx CA and BCCI

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Jagger firstly the assumption that India has never a test match in perth is nonsense..India won a test in 2007... a first country to beat Australia in Perth after 10 years. Second Assumption that vertically challenged batsmen cant play on the fast bouncy pitches is the biggest myths, some of the greatest batsmen have been short statured. Thirdly Perth would suit physically challenged Indian seam bowlers as the conditions would help them generate the pace. As an Indian I dont agree with a lot of things BCCI is doing but get your facts right mate.

  • Android on June 25, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    No testmatch in Perth is an insult to all of WAs cricket fans that attend every summer. it is a unique ground with a wicket and weather conditions found no where else. The size is irrelevant, it has a larger capacity than any English ground. Imagine no test at Lords! I personally have no doubt that India has no desire to be embarrassed by the Aussie pace attack and has influenced Cricket Australia to drop the test. Cricket is the real loser here. I am disgusted.

  • Sanjay on June 25, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    @Posted by Jagger on (June 24, 2014, 11:49 GMT) - you miss the point because you have only demonstrated a typically Pakistani point of view when ever India plays. This schedule is drawn up by ACB and India has no say whatsoever !People please stop going on about no test in Perth. The simple reason Perth has no Tests is , they have the smallest capacity out of all the big 5 grounds , the ground is still outdated compared to SCG , ADELAIDE , GABBA all getting face lifts and adding to their capacity , so until the WACA upgrades it's facility's they will only get Tests against the smaller nations. Not to mention the WACA pitch is a shade of what it used to be , as did anyone see the state of the pitch during the Ashes? It's lost it pace in the pitch , and the ground not up to standards so there simple!

  • Anshuman on June 24, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    @Jagger: I disagree with you on many counts. While it is difficult to prove and impose an opinion, one can however indeed counter a fact that you mentioned in your comment. India did win at Perth in 2007-08. But anyways, even though I do not agree to it, I understand your logic behind your statement. My point is, it is still CA's decision. My point was to counter those those who think it is somehow a BCCI conspiracy/intervention in the schedule. I am not going to defend India's recent overseas woes, because I can't. However, I will say this: pace and back-foot batting are indeed exciting arts of cricket, but wristy stroke-play, spin bowling, reverse swing etc. are also delicious to watch.

  • Cricket on June 24, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    What is the big deal about Perth. India won the test against Australia in 2008 under Kumble's leadership that too against Indian pace bowling.

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Jagger, perhaps you forget that India beat Australia in Perth in 2007/2008. They have also beaten South Africa in Durban. Granted, these were the more experienced sides of the past, but Indians have shown that they can win on faster pitches.