Cricket Australia has finalised its international season which is mostly on limited-overs cricket, with Adelaide losing its semi-traditional Australia Day match to Sydney. Australia’s home internationals will begin on November 5 against South Africa in the first T20 of three T20s series and ends 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 the four tests 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.
India’s Test Series vs Australia:
Nov 24-25: 2-day tour match, Gliderol Stadium, Glenelg
Nov 28-29: 2-day tour match, Adelaide Oval
Dec 4-8: 1st Test, Gabba
Dec 12-16: 2nd Test, Adelaide Oval
Dec 26-30: 3rd Test, MCG
Jan 3-7: 4th Test, SCG
But Adelaide’s tradition of hosting an international on Australia Day has been ignored, with Australia going to play India at the SCG in a one-day match on January 26, which is India’s Republic Day too. 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.
ODI Tri Series between Australia-India-England:
Jan 18: Australia v England, SCG
Jan 20: England v India, Gabba
Jan 23: Australia v England, Bellerive Oval
Jan 26: Australia v India, SCG
Jan 30: England v India, WACA
Feb 1: Final, WACA
Australia’s limited overs Schedule against South Africa:
Twenty-Twenty Internationals Schedule:
Nov 5: 1st T20, Adelaide Oval
Nov 7: 2nd T20, MCG
Nov 9: 3rd T20, Stadium Australia
One Day Internationals Schedule:
Nov 14: 1st ODI, WACA
Nov 16: 2nd ODI, WACA
Nov 19: 3rd ODI, Manuka Oval
Nov 21: 4th ODI, MCG
Nov 23: 5th ODI, SCG
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 lengthy 50-day tournament. The domestic one-day tournament will open the season as like the last summer, although this time it will be held in Sydney and Brisbane rather only in Sydney.
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.
December 8 to February 7 will be a free zone with Shield will resume from February for last 5 rounds, 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. BBL becomes the focus during that time, with the Twenty20 tournament set to begin on December 18.
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.