Australia in India 2013-14 July 3, 2013

Australia to tour India for seven ODIs, one T20

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Australia will tour India to play seven ODIs and a Twenty20 International in October and November. The limited-overs series will begin with the T20 in Rajkot on October 10 followed by the ODIs, which will all be day-night matches, the last of them to be played in Bangalore on November 2.

The other matches will be at Pune, where the new stadium will make its ODI "debut", Jaipur, Mohali, Ranchi, Cuttack and Nagpur.

Australia had toured India for a four-Test series in March this year, which they lost 4-0. They last visited India for a seven-match ODI series in October-November 2009, when they won 4-2 with the last match washed out in Mumbai.

Australia's last bilateral ODI series in India was a three-match series in October 2010, of which two were washed out and India won the only game in Visakhapatnam.

Both the teams will be coming on the back of busy schedules during the summer. After the Ashes in England, Australia play a five-match ODI series till September 13. India, on the other hand, will have slightly more time as their ODI series against Zimbabwe ends on August 3.

However, the Champions League T20 is scheduled for September 17 to October 6, leaving only a three-day gap between the final and the T20 scheduled on October 10.

Australia will then host the other leg of the Ashes starting November 21 in Brisbane.

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  • anshu.s on July 4, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Normally in a meaningful contest India v/s Ausralia is a good draw but timing of this series and 7 mathes is too much of a stretch, i have often felt meaningless bilateral series devalues international cricket, entire world loves EL Classico between Madrid and Barcelona because it comes across only twice in a season, imagine if they start playing 7 matches one after another it will lose it's lustre and appeal ... international matches should have a meaningful context always, international teams should be restricted to playing Tests,major ODI and T-20 championships and rest should be left to domestic teams/franchises/clubs.I understand cricket is country v/s country based unlike other major sports which are club based, but surely this is an overkill...

  • dwblurb on July 4, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Meety, as you rightly point out, this series has been on the FTP since it came out (in June 2011). The Argus report came out roughly two months LATER. So, whatever its recommendations were are hardly relevant to the scheduling of this series.

  • on July 4, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    @Srinideva In that case shouldn't Raipur be hosting an ODI? If couple of T20 games got that kind of response then wouldn't they wanna see play India! The ground is beautiful and in that case they too should have got a game. There are so many things that are wrong for instance it shouldn't have been 7 ODI series. So dnt teach me what's right and wrong in this. The right thing is that matches should be held where fans are ready to go the stadium and cheer the team. Cuttack is a waste of a venue.

  • farkin on July 4, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    bad move full-stop we need to be playing RSA , NewZealand and Pakistan more

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 4, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Another meaningless series. Aus might send some B grade players and rest their key players to make them ready for Ashes. India-Aus series in sachin-ponting era were more exciting. Not anymore

  • srinideva on July 4, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    @Surajrises, there are other peoples also living in this country my friend...Wake up..pro..

  • Rohan_K on July 4, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Good series, India will look to repeat what they did in Tests early this year. DY. Patil stadium could have been given an ODI considering its facilities amongst the very best in the world. DYP cannot be considered for test but giving an ODI will not be a harm. Ranchi is getting its 2nd ODI, its a good start. Mohali is getting too many games and crowds are sparse in big test matches too!!

  • Meety on July 4, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Further proof as to why Sutherland should be sacked. The Argus report stated that the Baggy Green is what is essential to the viability of cricket in Oz. Then Sutherland agrees to bilateral with India on the eve of the most important Test series in Oz in 4 years. Sutherland you are a joke, & you are selling out Oz cricket. == == == Hopefully the selectors will White Ant Sutherland's attempts at ruining Test cricket in Oz, by naming this Team to play India 1. Finch, 2. S Marsh, 3. Bailey, 4. Voges, 5. Ferguson, 6. Maxwell, 7. Ludeman, 8. MMarsh, 9. Hogg, 10. McKay 11. Doherty. 12th - Rohrer, 13th Christian, 14th Bollinger, 15th Richardson, 16th Head. I have picked this team for a specific reason & it is the most important team selection for Oz in the next 6months - anybody guess why????? == == == This tour has been on the FTP for ages, the only news story here is the venues!

  • jimmy787 on July 3, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    As a cricket fan in Australia I fear the demise of ODI cricket - not because the format itself is bad, but because of the way it's treated these days. I can't believe there is still enough interest in India for another useless 7 match ODI series, which is basically another TV rights money grabbing exercise. Surely even Indian fans have a shelf life in terms of how much cricket they can tolerate?

    By the time game 7 comes around everyone will be bored out of their wits, and then we'll be having another discussion about the relevance of ODI cricket, and the ICC will hurry to make more rule changes to "fix" the ODI format again. Let the games begin!

  • on July 3, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    India - Ozz ODI serious always been entertaining, but 7 ODIs are something both the boards has to think and conduct. 5 ODIs and 2 T20 are the ideal for touring team. Lets have fun!!!

  • anshu.s on July 4, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Normally in a meaningful contest India v/s Ausralia is a good draw but timing of this series and 7 mathes is too much of a stretch, i have often felt meaningless bilateral series devalues international cricket, entire world loves EL Classico between Madrid and Barcelona because it comes across only twice in a season, imagine if they start playing 7 matches one after another it will lose it's lustre and appeal ... international matches should have a meaningful context always, international teams should be restricted to playing Tests,major ODI and T-20 championships and rest should be left to domestic teams/franchises/clubs.I understand cricket is country v/s country based unlike other major sports which are club based, but surely this is an overkill...

  • dwblurb on July 4, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Meety, as you rightly point out, this series has been on the FTP since it came out (in June 2011). The Argus report came out roughly two months LATER. So, whatever its recommendations were are hardly relevant to the scheduling of this series.

  • on July 4, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    @Srinideva In that case shouldn't Raipur be hosting an ODI? If couple of T20 games got that kind of response then wouldn't they wanna see play India! The ground is beautiful and in that case they too should have got a game. There are so many things that are wrong for instance it shouldn't have been 7 ODI series. So dnt teach me what's right and wrong in this. The right thing is that matches should be held where fans are ready to go the stadium and cheer the team. Cuttack is a waste of a venue.

  • farkin on July 4, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    bad move full-stop we need to be playing RSA , NewZealand and Pakistan more

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 4, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Another meaningless series. Aus might send some B grade players and rest their key players to make them ready for Ashes. India-Aus series in sachin-ponting era were more exciting. Not anymore

  • srinideva on July 4, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    @Surajrises, there are other peoples also living in this country my friend...Wake up..pro..

  • Rohan_K on July 4, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Good series, India will look to repeat what they did in Tests early this year. DY. Patil stadium could have been given an ODI considering its facilities amongst the very best in the world. DYP cannot be considered for test but giving an ODI will not be a harm. Ranchi is getting its 2nd ODI, its a good start. Mohali is getting too many games and crowds are sparse in big test matches too!!

  • Meety on July 4, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Further proof as to why Sutherland should be sacked. The Argus report stated that the Baggy Green is what is essential to the viability of cricket in Oz. Then Sutherland agrees to bilateral with India on the eve of the most important Test series in Oz in 4 years. Sutherland you are a joke, & you are selling out Oz cricket. == == == Hopefully the selectors will White Ant Sutherland's attempts at ruining Test cricket in Oz, by naming this Team to play India 1. Finch, 2. S Marsh, 3. Bailey, 4. Voges, 5. Ferguson, 6. Maxwell, 7. Ludeman, 8. MMarsh, 9. Hogg, 10. McKay 11. Doherty. 12th - Rohrer, 13th Christian, 14th Bollinger, 15th Richardson, 16th Head. I have picked this team for a specific reason & it is the most important team selection for Oz in the next 6months - anybody guess why????? == == == This tour has been on the FTP for ages, the only news story here is the venues!

  • jimmy787 on July 3, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    As a cricket fan in Australia I fear the demise of ODI cricket - not because the format itself is bad, but because of the way it's treated these days. I can't believe there is still enough interest in India for another useless 7 match ODI series, which is basically another TV rights money grabbing exercise. Surely even Indian fans have a shelf life in terms of how much cricket they can tolerate?

    By the time game 7 comes around everyone will be bored out of their wits, and then we'll be having another discussion about the relevance of ODI cricket, and the ICC will hurry to make more rule changes to "fix" the ODI format again. Let the games begin!

  • on July 3, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    India - Ozz ODI serious always been entertaining, but 7 ODIs are something both the boards has to think and conduct. 5 ODIs and 2 T20 are the ideal for touring team. Lets have fun!!!

  • cricmohit on July 3, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    another meaningless series....7 matches against the same team.BCCI must look beyond boring bilateral series and organise tri-series or a four team tournament

  • Herakles on July 3, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    I think they should play 2 ODIs or 2 T20s and play a Test spread over 5 different venues. So for example, the first day of the Test will be in Mohali. Second day (after a 3-day travel break) in Ranchi... and so on. If the Test finishes with a day or two to spare, play T20s in the remaining venues. And go day and night for heaven's sake.

  • on July 3, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    SEVEN ODIs? All Boards are milking their international cricketers! Just wait & watch! More injuries! More burn outs! More psychological issues! Aren't there enough other problems viz-a-viz their players? Why are they killing their 'golden geese' ? Crazy!

  • sanjaynihalani on July 3, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    why no internationals are being given to Madhya Pradesh since several years ?Both, Indore and Gwalior can host day/night fixtures. I thought there was a rotation system for venues in place in BCCI.

  • alzino on July 3, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Guys : Remember when Australia came to India early this year. they played only 4 test. No ODI or T20. So no test series has been compromised but rather the remaining part of "suppose" to be complete tour is been playing now. But I agree 7 ODI is too too much. And overall this series won't be of much interested either.

  • Surajrises on July 3, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Unbelievable not a single match in Bombay where people die to watch a match! What is BCCI doing? Wasn't Wankhede the venue for World Cup Finals then how come not a single match out of these 7 ODIs and 1 T20 being hosted at Wankhede! Sad for the people in Bombay...

  • ticktac on July 3, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Nobody is interested in 7 ODI series, neither the teams nor the spectators, this is just an overkill!!!. When was the last time BCCI organized a tri series in India??

  • deepbhullar on July 3, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Why BCCI is chosing mohali for an international game venue, as there is no ample space for parking outside the stadium . this did't attract much crowd as well.

  • on July 3, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Need this like we need a hole in the head. Instead Australia's players should be playing Sheffield Shield in preparation for the Australian leg of The Ashes.

  • on July 3, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    @ Mr. Naman Gupta, Bangladesh have toured Australia in July 2003 & lost both test matches by Innings margins @ Darwin & Cairns by 132 & 98 runs respectively. Check out cricinfo records. stats.espncricinfo.com/india/engine/records/.../series_results.html?class...‎

  • dwblurb on July 3, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    This series has been scheduled since the last FTP was compiled several years ago.

  • Cric_god_Sachin on July 3, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    So from Aug 03 to Sep 17 nothing for Men in Blue. This time could have been used for a small 3 test series against some team (outside the sub-continent due to rainy season). Also 7 ODIs are an over-kill. 5 is an absolute max, may be make it a 5ODI and 3 T20 series.

  • on July 3, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Why are we having so many ODI series without any test series? The Tri-series between India, SL and WI, SL vs SA, Pakistan vs WI and now this: Only ODIs and T20s but no tests. This is just sad.

  • on July 3, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    shame Hyderabad or Vizag did not get a match to host.

  • on July 3, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    too much odi.three is maximum.

  • SagirParkar on July 3, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    what is the point of having all these meaningless ODIs and T20s in the middle of no where.. ??? India have a tour to Zimbabwe around that time and then a trip to SA... Similarly, the Aussies have the return leg of the Ashes to prepare for.. i see no benefit in having a SEVEN match ODI series on flat decks when both of the teams will be playing the bigger series in different conditions and against different opposition...

    another example of organising a series just to fulfil the TV contracts... shame..

  • on July 3, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    another test series compromised. On one hand authorities of cricket say that they want to do best to preserve test cricket and on the other hand they organize such meaningless lengthy ODI series. When the up coming generation is being bombarded with so much of 50 over and 20-20 cricket, how will they ever learn to love Test cricket.We fall in love with what we see, and this generation is witnessing too much of 50 over and 20 over cricket, so they cannot be expected to follow Test cricket.

  • on July 3, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @rakesh - what they played a test series in Australia. No way. They played a couple of ODI's but that's it.

  • nikhilcool951 on July 3, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Definitely Australia will not send full team considering Ashes by november. Useless and time waste series for india

  • Azooz-Afgfan on July 3, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    My Godness.. 7 ODI's?? Meaningless tour..Boring matches, make us bore from watching cricket. Why aren't they Playing Afghanistan or Ireland? Atleast people will enjoy and have fun watching it.

  • Tallboy on July 3, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    There should have been a match in Kolkata...The Best ground in India - The Mecca of cricket..

  • tusharkardile on July 3, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    @paps123 - You know why BD never played a test in India? It's because they prefer BCCI touring BD so that they get more revenue, and BCCI kindly obliges. And do you know why India is playing a so-called pointless ODI series in WI right now? Its for money... and its not BCCI who needs it. Also, do you know why BCCI played SL 42 times in ODIs over last 4-5 years? again, no surprise, its for money and again no prizes for guessing who needed it most. So STOP bashing BCCI for whatever is happening on earth.

  • on July 3, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    interesting more than ashes ..........just love to watch both team

  • Chris_P on July 3, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    An Ashes series coming up & they agree to this schedule? Who is dong the organizing, the ECB?

  • paps123 on July 3, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    7 match LOI bilateral series is a joke wherever it may happen. Just imagine if one team wins the first 4 matches the remaining 3 matches are utter time waste. No wonder such jokes are initiated by BCCI, the mother of all cricketing jokes. Even a 1 match Test series vs Bangladesh who have inexplicably never played a test in India would be much better. Buts thats BCCI for you.

  • on July 3, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    So the Aussie lads may just about squeeze two FC matches in before the first test in Brissie, that's if they are not falling over from fatigue. I hope we are going to play a B team over there, there is simply nothing to gain other than money. Finch, Marsh x 2, Voges, Bailey, McKay, Johnson, Wadey et al, pack your bags lads, you are going on an all expenses paid round trip of India, enjoy!

  • cricket2011 on July 3, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    When we can see a good series against IRELAND. Do you think India can beat them easly ? Never..

  • runout49 on July 3, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Well done Cricket Australia, this is the ideal preparation for winning back the Ashes.

  • CrICkeeet on July 3, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Lolz... totally useless.. 5 match odi series is enough...

  • on July 3, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    i love to see two of my fav teams clashin each othr.. Waitin for d series to start.. It z much bttr thn playing wid WI n SL..

  • pull_shot on July 3, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Ridiculous why 7 odi's that too in India why not india tour australia for 7 odi's which would help to develop young indian team, too much non stop cricket. bcci is itself killing the golden egg goose

  • lemonstealer on July 3, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    the fact of the matter is the viewer in india emotionally invested or not will continue to watch whatever cricket's thrown at them as a result advertisers will keep pumping money into ODI'S and BCCI can continue to take all of this for granted.it boils down to the public to genuinely boycott such meaningless cricket,you are making a difference by switching off your TV sets!

  • shareljosmi on July 3, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    hmmm.. Finally a Match in Bangalore...............

  • FAB_ALI on July 3, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Ridiculous!!! No point playing seven ODIs....Better to Play 5 ODIs & 2 T20s, even thats too much I would say.

  • on July 3, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Another pointless, meaningless, useless series... Cricket Australia !!! Are you guys mad ? Your team would have lost Ashes and they come to India after that to play a meaningless set of ODIs and go back and play Ashes at Home... Clarke and co.. I sympathize with you...

  • rockyyy on July 3, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Australians have a superb record in ODIs here in India. They played it as if they were playing in their home. i feel this time there will be a change.

  • on July 3, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    None of them are in Hyderabad , badly missing international cricket in Hyderabad

  • Cyril_Knight on July 3, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    This is nothing to do with ICC, it's BCCI looking for more money. They know 8 matches versus Australia will all sell out. The Indian fans like the Aussie players thanks to IPL, god knows there's enough of them playing, so advertising revenue will be good. Nothing good can come of the greed within BCCI.

  • ooper_cut on July 3, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Whats wrong with it ? Ind vs Aus for 7 matches is way better than playing SL or Ban even for 3 matches. The market(means the fans) around wants to see clashes between Aus,Eng,SA & India.Pakistan can also be there once they sort out their issues. It is a sad fact, but it is reality. Unless teams like SL, BA, NZ, WI step up, matches involving them are going to be just time pass, case in point the tri-series in WI.

  • on July 3, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Meaningless cricket....just like ongoing Tri-series in West Indies. BCCI should invite teams like Bangladesh to play a test series in India. It has been 13 years since Bangladesh got their test status & they are yet to play a test in India, whereas they have played test series in every other test playing country. Incredible! And its been a while since even South Africa played a Test series in India. BCCI & ICC could have arranged either of these above instead of 7 match needless ODI series against Kangaroos.

  • on July 3, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Terrible news: (1) Why is Australia going to India twice in the same year? (2) Nobody will care about 7 ODIs (3) The ever-increasing schedule of pointless cricket continues. (4) This is BAD preparation for the return Ashes - wrong format, wrong conditions

    Time would be better spent giving players actual time off, or playing for state sides in 4-day matches as practice for the Ashes (the Sheffield Shield started in late September in 2012).

  • calcu on July 3, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    My guess is India will win 5-2

  • on July 3, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Have more test matches than ODIS & T20s. That really shows the stamina of the player & temperment of the team. When ODIS & T20s are played players get injured & the will be off for min 4weeks which will be disadvantage to the team. We can have test matches only for one year, one year ODIS & one year T20s . Just look into this format & see. Definately results will be there.

  • Pushan001 on July 3, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    c'mon Australia already played at Mohali earlier this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not again and why did eden not get a game against the aussies?????????????

  • Harinasi on July 3, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    As an Indian if Sachin's record would be broken by A.Cook, I would feel real bad. Give Virat as many tests as A.Cook plays, he would prove to be a better batsman with good number of runs. BCCI should focus on making the teams play more tests, at least couple less than what the English play. grr...

  • on July 3, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    grt to see jaipur hosting a match after 3 years

  • on July 3, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    mohali continues to get games despite lack of infrastructure ...

  • Tabrez_22 on July 3, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    why dont they schedule matches in Mumbai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Narbavi on July 3, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    I would rather have Australia playing a test series against someone like say Pakistan in the UAE and India to host someone like a Bangladesh for a two test series since BD are yet to play a test in India!!

  • PrasPunter on July 3, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    How boring it is going to be to play 7 ODIs ? Well , Aus has been visiting india almost every year for one or other reason . Another india-SL type contest in the making !!

  • Narbavi on July 3, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Since teams play a t20 world cup every two years once i don't see why they should be playing one off t20 games on tours and also with the ipl and the other domestic tournaments around the globe, the players are playing enough t20's, they need to play tests, even in the case of odi's its time we scrap these 7 match bilateral series and limit them to either 3 or 5 games, especially with a team like India, they are just playing all the time, BCCI has to realise that the players are not machines!!

  • on July 3, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    7 ODIs!! Gimme a break god dammit!

  • Narbavi on July 3, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    A 7 match odi series? oh pls, give us a break, when will the ICC learn? I can see two odi's and a t20 which shouldn't have been here in this schedule, a 5 match series is good enough, time to scrap down on these needless games which can give the players some break and can also help in squeezing in some tests for the future!!

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  • Narbavi on July 3, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    A 7 match odi series? oh pls, give us a break, when will the ICC learn? I can see two odi's and a t20 which shouldn't have been here in this schedule, a 5 match series is good enough, time to scrap down on these needless games which can give the players some break and can also help in squeezing in some tests for the future!!

  • on July 3, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    7 ODIs!! Gimme a break god dammit!

  • Narbavi on July 3, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Since teams play a t20 world cup every two years once i don't see why they should be playing one off t20 games on tours and also with the ipl and the other domestic tournaments around the globe, the players are playing enough t20's, they need to play tests, even in the case of odi's its time we scrap these 7 match bilateral series and limit them to either 3 or 5 games, especially with a team like India, they are just playing all the time, BCCI has to realise that the players are not machines!!

  • PrasPunter on July 3, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    How boring it is going to be to play 7 ODIs ? Well , Aus has been visiting india almost every year for one or other reason . Another india-SL type contest in the making !!

  • Narbavi on July 3, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    I would rather have Australia playing a test series against someone like say Pakistan in the UAE and India to host someone like a Bangladesh for a two test series since BD are yet to play a test in India!!

  • Tabrez_22 on July 3, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    why dont they schedule matches in Mumbai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 3, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    mohali continues to get games despite lack of infrastructure ...

  • on July 3, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    grt to see jaipur hosting a match after 3 years

  • Harinasi on July 3, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    As an Indian if Sachin's record would be broken by A.Cook, I would feel real bad. Give Virat as many tests as A.Cook plays, he would prove to be a better batsman with good number of runs. BCCI should focus on making the teams play more tests, at least couple less than what the English play. grr...

  • Pushan001 on July 3, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    c'mon Australia already played at Mohali earlier this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!! not again and why did eden not get a game against the aussies?????????????