Australia news June 23, 2014

Australia's summer schedule released

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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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  • ac_Indian on June 23, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    I would like to request some fellow cricket enthusiasts to please stop looking for money power/big three etc. angles in each and everything. First, schedule is CA's prerogative, having a game in WACA/Adelaide or not is up to them. Second, why should you call it unfair that India will get some ODI practice in Aus before WC. It has nothing to do with big three. India's tour of AUS in 2014/2015 was decided long ago, and generally India tour AUS every 4 years. India were there in 1999-00, 2003-04, 2007-08, and 2011-12, so its normal. And whoever tours AUS plays ODI's too. So there is not special accommodation here. So lets try to see things objectively and without undue cynicism every time.

    As an Indian, I am only concerned with one thing, while ODI's are a good preparation, I hope guys in the Indian team who play Aus tests and ODI's aren't exhausted by time WC arrives.

  • 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.

  • Meety 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!

  • Meety 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?

  • vkumar_086 on June 25, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    INDIA is the only team which won a test against Australia in Perth....it 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 again....in new generation players, after Kohli, my favourite player is maxwell....no need to explain his batting skills (explosive and mind blowing)...waiting for that wonderful series....once again thanx CA and BCCI

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fijicricket 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!

  • ac_Indian 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.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha 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.

  • ac_Indian on June 23, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    I would like to request some fellow cricket enthusiasts to please stop looking for money power/big three etc. angles in each and everything. First, schedule is CA's prerogative, having a game in WACA/Adelaide or not is up to them. Second, why should you call it unfair that India will get some ODI practice in Aus before WC. It has nothing to do with big three. India's tour of AUS in 2014/2015 was decided long ago, and generally India tour AUS every 4 years. India were there in 1999-00, 2003-04, 2007-08, and 2011-12, so its normal. And whoever tours AUS plays ODI's too. So there is not special accommodation here. So lets try to see things objectively and without undue cynicism every time.

    As an Indian, I am only concerned with one thing, while ODI's are a good preparation, I hope guys in the Indian team who play Aus tests and ODI's aren't exhausted by time WC arrives.

  • 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.

  • Meety 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!

  • Meety 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?

  • vkumar_086 on June 25, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    INDIA is the only team which won a test against Australia in Perth....it 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 again....in new generation players, after Kohli, my favourite player is maxwell....no need to explain his batting skills (explosive and mind blowing)...waiting for that wonderful series....once again thanx CA and BCCI

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fijicricket 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!

  • ac_Indian 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.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha 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.

  • 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.

  • Triple_A on June 24, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    @Jagger, try navigating through Statsguru before making untrue claims against India. India HAS won a test match at Perth - 2008 was a sweet victory after the unsportsmanship displayed by the Australians in the previous test. Also, if Australia is allowed to produce bouncy pitches, why shouldn't India be able to produce spin friendly tracks. If the Australians had shown some commitment, they wouldn't have rolled over 0-4. Why do you assume that everyone has to produce the same pitches for tests to remain alive. Just like CA has no say as to where Australia plays test in India, BCCI has ABSOLUTELY NO SAY as to where India plays their matches. Please do some reading/research on what protocol is followed before making such wild accusations. And how does one produce wickets for short batsman, pray tell me. Deal with the fact that Australians are unable to handle spin-friendly conditions!

  • on June 24, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Jagger, I think you are forgetting the series in 2007/2008 where India beat Australia in Perth. India have beat Australia in Perth, they have beaten South Africa in Durban so they have proven that they can win on pitches other than batting beauties.

  • Jagger on June 24, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    @ ac_Indian and others - you miss the point because you have only demonstrated a typically Indian point of view. This schedule is unacceptable from an Australian point of view. Please try to understand: every year there is a test match in Perth except this year & India have never won a Test match in Perth. India can only do well in any cricket if they have a pitch to suit their vertically challenged batsmen who have never learned to score off balls directed at their eyebrows. Sydney is a dead pitch and Perth is a trampoline yet CA is more concerned about the almighty $ and bums on seats than giving us the best possible shot at a whitewash. Which is exactly the opposite MO to the BCCI.

    Further, India continue to produce pitches designed to accommodate short batsmen and bowlers who are not physically able to bowl express pace, with no regard for the spectacle of test cricket, which is struggling to keep interest with its constituents because they get beaten when they leave home.

  • andrew-schulz on June 24, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    It is actually the latest start to a Test season since 1976, when the Test series against Pakistan began on Christmas Eve. The 1987/88 season began on the same date as the coming season, half an hour later. You are in error if you believe the 2003/04 season began on the same date, which can only be where you get your '11 years' from. That Test season actually began on October 9 against Zimbabwe.

  • on June 24, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    after 72 drafts for the schedule could we understsnd that the first round of sheffield games will be only three days instead of traditional four

  • Greatman80 on June 24, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    I don't think the WACA can be too disappointed with the loss of their test match as they have been readily compensated with hosting 3 ODI's most likely featuring Australia against quality opposition. As a Queenslander I'm no doubt overjoyed with the fact we will be hosting an ODI between England and India coupled with the thought of hosting the might of Bangledesh during the world cup as our only short form matches. It seems if you live in Melbourne and Sydney you'll see plenty of quality nations go head to head with Australia this summer but as for the rest of the country bad luck.

    Which leads me to my next point. If Victoria only has the MCG available as a first class venue which will not be able to be used during the world cup, why schedule 3 of their home matches during this period. If they are forced to send three of their matches interstate as it seems is the solution, then it hardly seems fair to call them Victoria at all, the poor buggers. Scrap the schedule and start again.

  • VivGilchrist on June 24, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Looks like Sydney is well catered for. They take Adelaide's traditional Australia Day match, which happens to be 1 of 4 of there ODI s in addition to there Test and T20. Adelaide I Test, 1T20. 4 times the population yet smaller crowds.... go Sydney, cough, cough.

  • on June 24, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    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!

  • jonesy2 on June 24, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    cannot believe the WACA is without a test.

  • on June 24, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Can't wait to see England in the ODI's, woohooo!!

  • .Raina on June 24, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    This Big 3 thing has become a joke now. It comes up wherever & whenever.....we need to get over it. Probably many of the commentators here have missed the fact that NZ, SA , SL are also playing under similar conditions leading up to the world cup. World Cup is an important event for every Cricket Board, and each one of them is trying to get playtime in similar conditions leading up to the event itself. And of course, everybody cannot be accommodated.....

  • on June 23, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    you indians arguing about no test at perth and WACA, whereas pakistan hasnt played a single match after 2009-2010 tour. no other playing nation is getting these much matches as the indians are playing. Their every series is 4 matches series.

  • on June 23, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    Well as we can see that big 3 are going to take full advantage of their powers. A tri series just before the WC in Australia will help India, Australia and England acclimatize to the conditions. Pakistan last went to Australia in 2009-10. Why are they being left out for so long.

  • Jagger on June 23, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Very disappointed to see no Indian test match at the WACA, and instead on spin-friendly SCG. Considering what India served up to us last time we were there one would hope India will return the goodwill when we return to the sub-continent.

    The World Cup schedule is worse.

  • on June 23, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    So we are expecting 4-0 whitewash v.2.0. Go Aussies Go!!

  • ramli on June 23, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    @fairfan70 ... 2-weeks of acclimatizing is more than enough for India to compete against Aus ... winning is a different story???

  • fairfan70 on June 23, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Smart schedule.. India will again fail to acclimatize and will get drubbed by Aussies.

  • on June 23, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    What a joke that SCG gets 3 ODI's but Adelaide get none! CA life does exist beyond the eastern seaboard!!

  • serious-am-i on June 23, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    @Herath-UK: Personally as an Indian, I am bored to watch India v SL matches. I don't care who wins but when ever there's a match between these 2, I avoid it. How many times are Ind gonna play SL.. even in the 2009 tri-series SL was the 3rd team, which India won. At least now, there will be one team from each continent for the tri-series. Regarding other teams preparation they could organize tri series in NZ before the WC & get match practice.

  • on June 23, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    No test match at Perth is it joke?? :o

  • Udendra on June 23, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    As usual, the so-called "big 3" serving between themselves!

  • Balladeer on June 23, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Nice to see so many tests for the best test team in the world... I'd love to see Aus. and SA going at it again, after that wonderful series in SA. I reckon Aus. would hammer 'em in their own back yard, though.

  • roadrunnerz45 on June 23, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    I know Adelaide got great games for the WC but really harsh for them to only have 2 fixtures exc that tour game. their oval is now first class

  • on June 23, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    what a massive summer, and some guys like Warner will likely be playing every, single game!

  • on June 23, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    @gloryof96. You'd be a very silly man to bet against Australia to win the World Cup in their own backyard with their batting lineup. Warner, Finch , Watson , Maxwell, Clarke , Haddin , Faulkner , and not to mention the huge hitters who can't get in the team of Lynn , Cutting , Smith. NZ and SA won't win as they always choke around the Semi final part of the tournament ( Hence they have never won it) I'd go as far and say England will do better than those two countries. India will always be a serious threat in a ODI competition as like Australia they win tournaments or are there abouts along with Sri Lanka.

  • Gloryof96 on June 23, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    This is scheduled purely to give the BIG-3 a chance to lift the WC and this is exactly why non of these 3 will win, all the other team would increase their pace a yard just hearing this news

    NZ to win SA Runners up

    WI and Pak/SL Semi-Finalists

    Any bets??

  • on June 23, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Just so people know the Gabba is now the quickest pitch in Australia by a long way. Perth held the mantle for quite a while , but the Perth pitch is not as quick as it used to be. Regarding the Gabba pitch just ask the England batsmen as never seen such a bunch of cricketers scared out of their wits on a lively pitch.

  • on June 23, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    that's ludicrous that the mcg is only approved venue in Victoria. I don't see what's wrong with simonds stadium in geelong being used for shield cricket nearing, would be a much better than moving games interstate.

  • buddhikapm on June 23, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    unfair playing conditions...shared the revenue...shared major positions..shared the power and shared all among 3 greedy ..finally the opportunities as well..this is completely un acceptable. They want to make other countries cricket weakened

  • pandian_ikku on June 23, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Seems the Big 3 have Big plans for next world cup.

  • CricketMaan on June 23, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Massive challenge for Dhoni n co, for the likes of Dhoni, Kholi, Rohit, Shami, Ashwin to play all tests, ODIs and then still be fit for WC is a huge huge task! more than physical its the mental fitness and resolute that will be on test. Any team however good they are is hard to keep playing so long and very well especially away from home.

  • on June 23, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    All countries arranging for preparatory matches in Australia while PCB cant decide on its chairman. Such a shame! At least arrange a tour to NZ so that the team can acclimatize to the conditions and start the World Cup at a level footing with other teams. #PCB #facepalm

  • Herath-UK on June 23, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Sri Lanka had been to the last two WC finals in WI & India & are the reigning T20 champions. Now they 've beaten England in the one day series in the UK in very alien conditions showing they will be a huge threat to the WC in Australia too. They beat Aussies in their last one day series in Australia & I feel Aussies would have benefitted if they included them too in the one day series.

  • on June 23, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    India have 2 months in Australia before the World Cup. Good time to get used. Tour ends just 13-15 days before the World Cup. I wonder whether India team will return home in that small break or stay in Australia.

  • on June 23, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Why there is a 9 day gap between tests and triseries???

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on June 23, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    @mihir_nam: the decision to drop Perth has nothing to do with the BCCI and no such request was ever made. The reason was purely commercial.

  • LJ253 on June 23, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    All you people whinging about only being 4 tests.. Last summer there was only 5. And you might be forgetting that the WORLD CUP is being held here this summer. Probably wont happen again for 30 odd years, so quit complaining, the ODI's give Australia invaluable preparation for the world cup.

  • InternationalCricketFollower on June 23, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Unfair advantage to India, England and South Africa before the world cup. Oh well.

  • Draconarius on June 23, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Well, it's an extremely cramped schedule (aside from that odd 10-day gap between the 2nd and 3rd Tests), but with the World Cup almost immediately afterwards it will probably be good to get so much limited overs practice in. And who doesn't love a good tri-series?

  • mihir_nam on June 23, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    @Rizwan , Even though India won at Perth in 2008 , they still don't want to play at perth , they requested aussies not to host at perth. Atleast against South Africa rather than having so much breaks between ODI's they can go for one more Tri Series , May be include Ireland , that will make world cup more competitive , if associates get chances downunder .

  • on June 23, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    @rizwan1981 - thats a good point you have made. The quickest pitch is WACA .. But do remember in 2008 we won a Test in Perth. Thats because we had quality attack That time it was not that high-scoring matches. This time also we have better attack than 2008.. Likes of Shami, Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar , Ishant Sharma who did well in Perth Test in 2008..We have the resources, but depends on how we use them...

  • MohammedSajid on June 23, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    Sad to here no T20's between Australia and India in such long and big series

  • on June 23, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    really good time...

  • xtrafalgarx on June 23, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    ODI's aren't that useless this time because the world cup would be around the corner!

  • pritamdas_circ on June 23, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Nice schedule. India despite having a brutal tour in England and Australia few years ago aren't really afraid to tour those countries back. That's the spirit which I like. BCCI could have cancelled them seeing India's poor stats in Test (and unfortunately in ODIs also) overseas that had continued in South Africa and New Zealand but we will play. And that's how it should go. So what we're losing matches back to back overseas? How can we improve our stats if we don't play there anymore fearing the results. We aren't afraid. We're confident. A young side has left the country to have two full-packed lengthy tours in conditions where they had not been good in. Do well boys. Times change. Hope results do, as well. Bleed Blue!

  • on June 23, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    What a waste of a summer. 4 test matches? That is a travesty...

  • rizwan1981 on June 23, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    Why has the ACB not given a test to PERTH , THE QUICKEST TEST PITCH IN THE WORLD - Is it because the ACB wants to protect the Indians from MITCH Johnson ?

  • on June 23, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    @sunny sandhu..you also missed the fact that india won't make it to the final in that case

  • MiddleStump on June 23, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Wow! A really weird schedule. There is a 10 day gap between Dec 16 and the 26th where the Indian players don't play at all. They could easily go home from Adelaide and return on Christmas eve.

  • Viratkohlirocks on June 23, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    Despite the lack of Tst cricket, this schedule is fine because it will really help Australia with the world cup

  • on June 23, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Big 3 Tri Series just before the World Cup!

  • warnerbasher on June 23, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    The schedule above continues Sullivans relentless march towards making Test cricket irrelevant. Why woudln't they have the Kiwis playing tests in November rather than maaningless ODI's and T20'S against SA. And why are the Poms here again

  • Jay_candid on June 23, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Only 2 two day practice games before test series for India.. Not enough.. India will have tough time.. No test match in Perth.. India doesn't want get injured prior to the world cup.. There is enough rest days between first 3 test matches.. They could have arranged some more practice games... All the best India.. If India does well in test matches, they will have great summer down under..

  • on June 23, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    What is this concept of 2-day tour match? Useless for anyone. and BCCI is fighting for silly things. It can as well try to accommodate 2-3 more FC matches.

  • on June 23, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    huge advantage to india & england to get to know about oz condition before world cup start...

  • Cohen200 on June 23, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    Definitely not in favour of Cricket Australia's Ryobi Cup bias towards the eastern states in particular NSW. Can't we just go back to being able to watch your home team play at their own home ground sometimes instead of having one or two teams play a large majority of home games or all as was the case last year for NSW.

  • Culex on June 23, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    "Matador BBQs One-Day Cup" - really? I recognise the importance of corporate sponsorship deals, but the PR department really should have thought this one through a bit more.

  • on June 23, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    Thank god tri series is not with srilanka this time..they are so boring

  • Leonb on June 23, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    Only 4 real cricket matches for the summer. *SIGH*

  • bobagorof on June 23, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Yet again there are no Shield matches going while the Test series is on. Hope those Tests don't last longer than 40 overs...

  • dsig3 on June 23, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    "Matador BBQs One-Day Cup" ffs you have to be kidding me. Looking forward to welcoming India to the Gabba. Hopefully we can get the pitch back to its spicy best. India have been getting rolled by bangers and mash seamers lately.

  • LJ253 on June 23, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Should be an awesome summer of cricket. Glad they brought the tri series back as well, however i cannot understand why england are returning once again. I think everybody has seen enough Aus vs England cricket for a while! Also on this note, can anyone tell me why the England ashes is scheduled for 2015? I understand the back to back series were necessary to not interfeer with the world cup, but why has the next series not been scheduled for 2016? For as long as i can remember it goes Aus ashes, 2 and a half year break, then england ashes, why only a 1 and a half year break ?

  • redneck on June 23, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    worst summer program ever!!!!! all of perth, brisbane and adelaide have every reason to feel annoyed!!! the gabba have been shunned with no ODI involving aus, and only one with bangledesh in the world cup, perth have no test and adelaide have no ODIs at all or any cricket on australia day!!! meanwhile sydney have 3 ODIs and a T20 all involving australia!!! aswell as their traditional test!!! as well as a key world cup match involving australia, aswell as a world cup semi final!!! why is adelaides traditional fixture the only one to be up for grabs? adelaide oval holds more than the scg!!! seriously a 2 year old could do a better fixture than this!!!

  • Nadeem1976 on June 23, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    Big summer, Big teams in Aus , along with WC. This will be prime time kind of summer for Aussies.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 23, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    Big summer, Big teams in Aus , along with WC. This will be prime time kind of summer for Aussies.

  • redneck on June 23, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    worst summer program ever!!!!! all of perth, brisbane and adelaide have every reason to feel annoyed!!! the gabba have been shunned with no ODI involving aus, and only one with bangledesh in the world cup, perth have no test and adelaide have no ODIs at all or any cricket on australia day!!! meanwhile sydney have 3 ODIs and a T20 all involving australia!!! aswell as their traditional test!!! as well as a key world cup match involving australia, aswell as a world cup semi final!!! why is adelaides traditional fixture the only one to be up for grabs? adelaide oval holds more than the scg!!! seriously a 2 year old could do a better fixture than this!!!

  • LJ253 on June 23, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    Should be an awesome summer of cricket. Glad they brought the tri series back as well, however i cannot understand why england are returning once again. I think everybody has seen enough Aus vs England cricket for a while! Also on this note, can anyone tell me why the England ashes is scheduled for 2015? I understand the back to back series were necessary to not interfeer with the world cup, but why has the next series not been scheduled for 2016? For as long as i can remember it goes Aus ashes, 2 and a half year break, then england ashes, why only a 1 and a half year break ?

  • dsig3 on June 23, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    "Matador BBQs One-Day Cup" ffs you have to be kidding me. Looking forward to welcoming India to the Gabba. Hopefully we can get the pitch back to its spicy best. India have been getting rolled by bangers and mash seamers lately.

  • bobagorof on June 23, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Yet again there are no Shield matches going while the Test series is on. Hope those Tests don't last longer than 40 overs...

  • Leonb on June 23, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    Only 4 real cricket matches for the summer. *SIGH*

  • on June 23, 2014, 1:53 GMT

    Thank god tri series is not with srilanka this time..they are so boring

  • Culex on June 23, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    "Matador BBQs One-Day Cup" - really? I recognise the importance of corporate sponsorship deals, but the PR department really should have thought this one through a bit more.

  • Cohen200 on June 23, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    Definitely not in favour of Cricket Australia's Ryobi Cup bias towards the eastern states in particular NSW. Can't we just go back to being able to watch your home team play at their own home ground sometimes instead of having one or two teams play a large majority of home games or all as was the case last year for NSW.

  • on June 23, 2014, 2:45 GMT

    huge advantage to india & england to get to know about oz condition before world cup start...