Australia in West Indies 2012 November 16, 2011

West Indies-Australia Tests to clash with IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia will tour West Indies for a full series in March and April next year. The Tests coincide with the first half of the fifth IPL season and may result in some players missing out for their respective franchises. Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, David Warner, Ryan Harris and Brad Haddin are among those in the current Test squad who are contracted with IPL teams.

The tour kicks off with a five-match ODI series on March 16, the games shared between St Vincent and St Lucia. The teams then play two Twenty20 internationals followed by a three-day warm-up match involving the visitors. The three-Test series begins on April 11, a week after the start of the IPL, and ends on April 27. Barbados, Trinidad and Guyana will host the three Tests.

The ODI series clashes with the Sheffield Shield final in Australia, which is scheduled between March 16-20.

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  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    with the form that Sidle, Johnson, Hussey, Ponting & Haddin are in West Indies should try to field its strongest possible side as this will be our best chance to take the Frank Worrell Trophy which we should have won in the last two series. they both went 2 nil to Australia but we could have won @ least 3 or 4 of those matches with a full strength team. Imagine what a year it would be for windies cricket if we retake both Wisden & Frank Worrell Trophy in the same year?

  • Andrew on November 18, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    No problems with the series clashing with IPL - although it will guarantee the WIndies side won't be its best available. My problem is with having the T20s AFTER the ODIs - that's stupid! The T20s should be first - a seperate squad picked, half will fly home when the ODIs start, then the Test team. T20s will be a nightmare for logistics.

  • Matthew on November 17, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    @skkh it's not just about which players are in IPL now, it's about setting things up so that cricket schedules are better organised and thought through for future. Who's to say WI won't have players in future years who are required by their national team and also by the IPL?

  • khadeer on November 17, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    CricIndia208... none of the aussie cricketers will ever think of ipl as for them representing Australia is of prime importance. As for the WI players mentioned Gayle no longer is required in the WI team, Bravo is neither in the tests nor ODI's and Pllard is a big failure representing his country.

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    Very nice, i want SA and Srilanka also involve in some bi lateral series, then this non sense money league will be cancelled. This is hell in disguise to world cricket not only Indian cricket, here Players are chasing the Money rather than dignity, pride of playing for country .

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2011, 2:09 GMT

    Bye Gayle Taylor Bravo and Pollard West Indies will be better without you see ya

  • khadeer on November 17, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    As an aussie we care two hoots for the IPL.

  • Matthew on November 17, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    bobagorof I agree with your sentiment that players should want to represent their country first instead of IPL but I think that argument is stronger for players from Australia who are quite well paid. I'm not sure if the WI are so well paid, I doubt it, and if that's the case I can't really blame them for wanting to make some money. The best solution would allow players to do both because I'd rather see Australia playing a full-strength opposition. Surely it can't be that hard for the ICC, IPL and cricket boards to work this out. I wouldn't mind at all if there were fewer ODI and T20 international games played to see this happen.

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    there are lots of comments above saying test crickt is must blah blah.. I ask you When was the last time u actually watched a full day of test cricket even on TV... everyone just looks at the score at the end of day. Test ckt survival is difficult even in india and this is evident by empty stands in the India / WI test series. Although I agree 5 day cricket is the real cricket, but the reality is that no one has time and the format is financially non sustainable. If ICC keeps on pulling the money from ODIs and 20-20s to cover losses from test ckt, there will be a day the game itself will die. The only way the game can survive in the world increasingly dominated by soccer, NFL, Badketball and rugby is to spend on 20-20s

  • Matthew on November 16, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    Giovaughn Wilson, I think your idea is pretty sensible to reschedule the games so that the tests are played first followed by ODI and T20. This would re-affirm that that Test Cricket is the pinnacle and should be the priority, because I think a lot of cricket fans are wondering if cricket administrators are really prepared to act rather than just talk (what with the Test Championship now delayed too). A 5 day break between tests would mean that the test series would be finished maybe just after the IPL starts. Test players who also play IPL should see out the test series and then fly off to IPL - they'd only miss maybe a game or two, which I think should be reasonable to the IPL. Then at least only the ODI and T20 games between Aust and WI would be affected by players missing, which I can live with more so than it affecting the tests. All it takes is for CA, WI board and IPL honchos to agree on it. Only problem with this is that it would mean Aust changing quickly from ODI-Test-ODI.

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