England in Australia 2013-14

Australia announce dates for home ODIs and T20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 16, 2013

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The Australian team pose with the Commonwealth Bank series trophy, Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, 3rd final, Adelaide, March 8, 2012
Australia's home ODI summer will be cut back to five matches in 2013-14 © Getty Images
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Hobart will not host a Test or ODI next summer for the first time in 25 years after Cricket Australia confirmed the schedule for its pared-back limited-overs fixtures against England. However, Bellerive Oval will hold one of three Twenty20 internationals against England as part of the longest bilateral T20 international series ever held in Australia, a three-match battle that will follow a series of five one-day internationals.

The dates for the Ashes Tests were announced in November and at the time Cricket Australia said the number of ODIs would be cut back to five, which would be the fewest one-day games in a home summer in 34 years. On Thursday, Cricket Australia released the fixture for the limited-overs portion of the summer, which will run from January 12 to February 2.

Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide will each host a one-day international before the action moves to Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney's Stadium Australia for the Twenty20s. It will be the first time since Bellerive Oval first hosted an international match in 1988 that the ground has not been given a Test or ODI in a season. It will also be the first time since India visited in 1977-78 that only one side has toured Australia in a summer.

Sunday January 12 Australia v England, 1st ODI, MCG
Friday January 17 Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Gabba
Sunday January 19 Australia v England, 3rd ODI, SCG
Friday January 24 Australia v England, 4th ODI, WACA
Sunday January 26 Australia v England, 5th ODI, Adelaide Oval

Wednesday January 29 Australia v England, 1st T20, Bellerive Oval
Friday January 31 Australia v England, 2nd T20, MCG
Sunday February 2 Australia v England, 3rd T20, Stadium Australia

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Posted by duralsumo on (May 21, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

@David_Boon what I am trying to highlight by comment that some cricket fantatics may miss out with back to back scheduling of Ashes series. Maybe a member will get me into Sydney however for the Brisbane test I will probably miss out. What the marketing gurus did not count on many Cricket supporters will be in UK when tickets go on sale. I agree it aint Justin Bieber however the prospect of seeing an Ashes series is always popular. I hope you are right and I can book tickets readily.

Posted by landl47 on (May 20, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

The only problem is that the short-format games come after the tests, which means that whichever side wins the test series will be unmotivated and the games will mean nothing. The last three Ashes series have seen the side that lost (Aus in 2010/11 and 2009, Eng in 2006/7) go on to win the post-test ODI series. When you go back to 2005, the last time the short-format games preceded the Ashes, a great ODI series ended in a 2-1 win for Aus and set up one of the closest and most exciting Ashes series of all time.

Either hold the short-format games before the tests or separate them by a decent interval. Seeing undermanned sides competing for a consolation prize just doesn't cut it.

Posted by Meety on (May 17, 2013, 1:22 GMT)

This is good stuff, (although maybe not if you are a Taswegian). The mix is about right, & thankfully there is no stand alone bilateral ODI series. The 5 ODIs will have context - being post Ashes, a chance for one side to atone for the preceeding Test series. Prefer not to have 2 x 20/20s but I suppose it should mean there will be a clear winner. This is a little bit like the women's schedule (+ or minus 4 tests).

Posted by David_Boon on (May 16, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

@duralsumo Don't really understand your post. None of these games will sellout, there will be no problem getting tickets. This isn't a Justin Bieber concert!

Posted by Jagger on (May 16, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Well done Cricket Australia. 5 Tests, 5 F50's & 3 T20's. What a complete about face after this year's disappointment. Against the old enemy - real cricket at the best venues. Hopefully the domestic season is correctly scheduled to coincide as well. WHAT A PERFECT SUMMER!

Posted by duralsumo on (May 16, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

I noticed that Australian fans will be able to get tickets and in the ACF will be able to get tickets on 1st July. However if your a fanatic or cricket lover who is travelling in UK you will have to find an Internet Cafe that is open at midnight and hope to hell they no-one steals your details off the Internet buying your tickets. Tell us how we can get around that Jamie Sutherland?

Posted by   on (May 16, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

5 ODIs and 3 T20s is a better mix than 7 ODIs and 1 T20. I think 3, 5 could be the way to go in the future.

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