With the Australia vs India test series just under 6 weeks away from starting in Adelaide on December 17. There is only one round of shield cricket remaining unless cricket Australia update the current draw with 4th round matches starting today (Sunday November 8) unless a updated shield draw is shortly released.
The Big Bash is due to start December 10 and with limited overs series of matches starting on November 27 at the SCG that leaves many weeks of little or almost no cricket for test only players like skipper Tim Paine and the highly experienced Nathan Lyon.
With Covid19 causing issues for match schedules CA have been blaming governments such as QLD for the impacts of updating the India tour that was first released in late May.
The highly anticipated test series with India will be a very interesting one starting with the day/night Adelaide pink ball test match in mid December.
Players in line for test selection have been in pleasing form in the Adelaide Shield only matches. Will Pucovski changing to a opening batter after starting out his early first class career as a middle order player Scored an outstanding 250 along with fellow Victoria opener Marcus Harris.
Travis Head has scored back to back hundreds for South Australia and is in excellent form.
A big summer ahead with players like Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins unlikely to play more than a tour match or just limited overs matches against India leading into the 4 match test series.
2020 has been a year of great challenges for many given Covid19. It has seen people lose a lot in life and taken many lives around the world.
It is no doubt very challenging for all businesses and sports but it’s about finding ways to be flexible and help sport find its feet. In 2020 Cricket Australia have had their challenges mainly questions around the boe scraped world T20 that was scheduled for this year.
That tournament was canceled back in early August leaving CA with opportunity to think about playing test cricket. In June 2021 sees the end of the test world championship which sees tests in every series worth points.
Given Australia May play only 3 or 4 test matches in the calendar year for 2020 (SCG pink test being the last over 9 months ago) this makes it very hard for Tim Paine and his Australian team.
Having recently spoken to coach Justin Langer about some of the schedule issues their is no doubt that CA who as the cricket board in the country could have done more to play tests in locations such as New Zealand in 2020 something that CA failed to arrange.
Given how close NZ is to travel to this mistake to. NZ is only 3 hours flight from Sydney or Brisbane and playing even 2 extra test matches could have saved Australia and ensured they make next June’s final.
The Indian test series is still yet to be confirmed and given the uncertainty in Melbourne could be 3 weeks away from venues confirmed for the expected mid December start date in Adelaide or Brisbane.
The Sheffield Shield and state one day competitions are yet to have confirmed start dates. Since 2013 the state matches have started in September. 2020 will see the latest start to a home summer in decades and the most disorganised.
Cricket Australia need to get moving it’s now September 20. People want to plan their summer.
David Warner and Steve Smith are back in Test cricket after being named in Australia’s 17 man Ashes squad. Tim Paine will Captain Australia for the first time in an Ashes tour. In what will be his first 5 test match tour of England after playing a 2 test series in 2010 against Pakistan.
A very strong Australian squad has been named and confirmed by Australian coach Justin Langer and Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns.
Australia has not won an Ashes series in the UK since 2001 when Steve Waugh led Australia in what proved to be his last Ashes tour of the Uk. Waugh is regarded by many as one of Australian crickets toughest test captains. For the upcoming series which starts next Thursday at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Waugh will along side Justin Langer.
Australian squad Tim Paine (Captain) David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Marnus Labuscharenge, Marcus Harris, James Pattinson, Matt Wade, Mitch Starc, Mitch Marsh, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Michael Neser and Usman Khawaha