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.

Australia v South Africa
Nov 5: 1st T20, Adelaide Oval
Nov 7: 2nd T20, MCG
Nov 9: 3rd T20, Stadium Australia
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

Australia v India
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

One-day tri-series
Jan 16: Australia v India, MCG
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

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.


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Defending champions India will get an early feel of the Australian conditions ahead of next year's 50-overs World Cup after agreeing to play a Test series against the hosts and a triangular one-day series, also featuring England, between December 4 and February 1.

Cricket Australia announced its schedule ahead of the World Cup which it would jointly host with New Zealand in 2015.

The fixtures include four Test matches between India and Australia starting December 4 in Brisbane. The series' other games will be played in Adelaide (December 12 to 16), Melbourne (December 26 to 30) and Sydney (January 3 to 7).

After a break, the tri-series will start on January 16, the finale of which will take place on February 1 in Perth.

"The Fans in Brisbane will see the India Test team for the first time since 2003-04," Cricket Australia said in a statement.

The World Cup will roll out from February 14 and conclude on March 29.

"The next 12 months will have something for everyone. It contains some refinements from last season that benefits both players and fans. Never before have we had so much high quality cricket to offer around Australia, whether it's international or domestic, men's or women's, or played with a red or white ball," Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said.

"The 2014-15 schedule looks very different to previous summers due in large part to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 that we are co-hosting with New Zealand for the first time in 23 years."

"With a Test series against India, ODIs against the top teams in world cricket, the ICC Cricket World Cup and another strong domestic calendar, this year promises to be even bigger," Sutherland added.

Schedule: India's tour of Australia (2014-15)

Test series:
Dec 4-8: 1st Test Australia v India - Brisbane
Dec 12-16: 2nd Test Australia v India - Adelaide
Dec 26-30: 3rd Test Australia v India - Melbourne
Jan 3-7: 4th Test Australia v India - Sydney

Jan 16: Australia v India - Melbourne
Jan 18: Australia v England - Sydney
Jan 20: England v India - Brisbane
Jan 23: Australia v England - Hobart
Jan 26: Australia v India - Sydney
Jan 30: England v India - Perth
Feb 1: Final - Perth.