Australian cricket is gearing up for one of it’s biggest seasons in decades. The introduction of the Twenty20 matches has created a surge in revenue for players, and has provided the cricket boards around the world with another avenue to attract viewers. This season, Australia will also be hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup,adding to an already jam-packed season.
It all kicks off with the domestic one-day cup, starting on the 4th of October, with the QLD Bulls and VIC Bushrangers playing the first match of the domestic season at the Gabba. The domestic one-day cup, aka the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, runs til the 26th of October. There’s also the Big Bash League, with the first match on the 18th of December, and running til the 28th of January next year.
A couple of days later Australia will play their first match against Pakistan in their tour of the UAE, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, returning after their final test match, which is expected to conclude on the third of November. Australia will then start the first of it’s three series this season, an ODI series against South Africa. A test series against India is also scheduled for this season, before a tri-series with England and India, providing a good warm up for the World Cup which starts at the end of the Australian cricket season.
Three women’s cricket competitions will also be running this summer, with the domestic women’s T20 competition starting on the 10th of October, and running through til the end of January. There will also be a domestic one-day competition, starting on the 11th of October, and concluding in late January.
The Southern Stars, Australia’s international women’s cricket team, will also be playing the West Indies in Australia this season, the first match starting on November 2.
For more information and fixtures visit: http://www.cricket.com.au/series