It seems like no time at all since the end of the Ashes, but this weekend sees the start of a packed summer of cricket.
The newly revamped One-Day Cup is only the start with Australia playing series against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, South Africa and New Zealand.
Also, domestic tournaments such as the Sheffield Shield and BBL 09 will ensure that cricket fans have plenty of cricket to watch.
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Australia’s international season starts in October, with three T20Is, before Pakistan’s tour sees another two T20Is and two Test matches in Brisbane and Adelaide.
More Tests with New Zealand feature including the traditional Boxing Day Test match at the MCG before Australia head off to India and South Africa.
It’s a departure from the regular summer schedule, but the ICC’s Future Tours Programme dictates that India will host three ODIs.
From there, Australia head to South Africa for another three ODIs and T20Is. The international summer ends with three ODIs against New Zealand before heading across the Tasman for more T20Is in March.
Departing from previous seasons, Cricket Australia have changed the format of the domestic summer schedule.
The One-Day Cup has been played at the start of the season, but this year it will be played in three blocks of matches. This change is designed to assist the ODI team by closing the gap between domestic and international games.
Also, the season has been shortened for BBL 09 after much criticism regarding the length of the tournament last time.
The One-Day Cup has a new sponsor with Marsh, a global professional services company, taking over the naming rights. Marsh will also sponsor the Sheffield Shield for the 2019-20 season.
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This weekend, Western Australia and Victoria open the competition at the WACA, and Queensland and New South Wales meet at Allan Border Field on Sunday.
Most of the Ashes players will be missing the start of the tournament to recover from a long winter in England. One player who is going straight into action is Queensland’s Marnus Labuschagne.
The 25-year-old has been a revelation for Australia and will be looking to carry on his rich vein of form.
A player who will be desperate for action is Western Australia’s Jhye Richardson who missed the Cricket World Cup through injury.
Richardson injured a shoulder in Sharjah in April and will be looking to demonstrate his fitness to Justin Langer. Richardson is needed to bolster Australia’s white-ball bowling unit as it was shown to be lacking at times in the Cricket World Cup.
Adding the WA paceman to the Test team would give Langer an embarrassment of fast bowling riches.
It looks like a fascinating summer of cricket with plenty of matches for fans to enjoy. Domestic games come thick and fast, starting tomorrow with the Marsh One-Day Cup, before Australia’s packed summer of games both home and away.
Cricket fans get ready for plenty of action!