Victorian fans will see more than 50 days of cricket this season after Cricket Australia finalised the summer calendar earlier today.
During a blockbuster 2013-14, the Boxing Day Test will again be the jewel in the crown of the international schedule, with Australia and England to renew acquaintances at the MCG.
The rivalry between the traditional foes will continue after the Ashes with the ‘G also scheduled to host the opening one-day match of the summer on Sunday, January 12 before a Twenty20 double-header with the Southern Stars on Friday, January 31.
As part of the multi-format Women’s Ashes, the Southern Stars and England will also play two ODIs at the ‘G on January 19 and 23, while a tour match featuring England and the Shooting Stars will be held at the Junction Oval preceding the series on January 17.
The Melbourne derby between the Stars and the Renegades will open the KFC T20 Big Bash League on Friday, December 20 at the ‘G.
The Renegades will play their first match at Etihad Stadium against the defending champions, Brisbane Heat, on Monday, December 30 before further home games against the Stars on January 4, Sydney Thunder on January 14 and Sydney Sixers on January 18.
The Stars will host Adelaide Strikers on January 9, Hobart Hurricanes on January 21 and Perth Scorchers on January 27.
Network Ten will broadcast every match live with Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting taking their places behind the microphone in a highly-regarded commentary team.
The Commonwealth Bank Bushrangers’ bid for a sixth one-day title will be launched on the road with the preliminary rounds of this year’s competition to be played across Sydney.
The RYOBI One-Day Cup will be staged in a block this summer, replicating the format for the up-coming 2015 World Cup, with each and every one of the team’s six fixtures to be broadcast live and in high definition on GEM.
The Bushrangers’ Bupa Sheffield Shield schedule commences with back-to-back matches against Western Australia and NSW at the ‘G from October 30 before a road trip to Hobart.
Victoria will play its first Toyota Futures League encounter against Queensland at Allan Border Field later this month.
The Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit will open its campaign against South Australia from October 11 to 13, with the schedule mirroring last season’s format of two WT20 games and a WNCL 50-over game.
The WT20 Final will be played as a double-header prior to the BBL|03 Final on Friday, February 7, while the WNCL Final will be held on February 16.
International fixtures Commonwealth Bank Ashes Test – December 26 to December 30 (MCG) Carlton Mid ODI – January 12 (MCG) Shooting Stars v England – January 17 (Junction Oval) Women’s Ashes ODI – January 19 (MCG) Women’s Ashes ODI – January 23 (MCG) KFC T20 International double header – January 31 (MCG)
Melbourne Stars fixtures Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades – December 20 (MCG) Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers – December 29 (SCG) Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder – January 1 (ANZ Stadium) Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades – January 4 (Etihad Stadium) Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers – January 9 (MCG) Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat – January 11 (Gabba) Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes – January 21 (MCG) Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers – January 27 (MCG)
Melbourne Renegades fixtures Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars – December 20 (MCG) Melbourne Renegades v Perth Scorchers – December 26 (WACA) Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat – December 30 (Etihad Stadium) Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes – January 1 (Blundstone Arena) Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars – January 4 (Etihad Stadium) Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder – January 14 (Etihad Stadium) Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers – January 18 (Etihad Stadium) Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers – January 22 (Adelaide Oval) BBL|03 SF1 – February 4 (TBA) BBL|03 SF2 – February 5 (TBA) BBL|03 Final – February 7 (TBA)
RYOBI One-Day Cup fixtures Bushrangers v Tasmania – October 1 (Bankstown) Bushrangers v South Australia – October 4 (Bankstown) Bushrangers v NSW – October 7 (Bankstown) Bushrangers v Queensland – October 13 (North Sydney) Bushrangers v Western Australia – October 15 (North Sydney) Bushrangers v NSW – October 20 (North Sydney) Preliminary final (2nd v 3rd) – October 24 (North Sydney) Final TBA – October 27 (Home state)
Bupa Sheffield Shield fixtures Bushrangers v Western Australia – October 30 to November 2 (MCG) Bushrangers v NSW – November 6 to 9 (MCG) Bushrangers v Tasmania – November 13 to 16 (Blundstone Arena) Bushrangers v Western Australia – November 22 to 25 (WACA) Bushrangers v South Australia – November 29 to December 2 (MCG) Bushrangers v Queensland – December 8 to 11 (Gabba) Bushrangers v NSW – February 12 to 15 (SCG) Bushrangers v South Australia – February 20 to 23 (Adelaide Oval) Bushrangers v Tasmania – March 3 to 6 (MCG) Bushrangers v Queensland – March 11 to 14 (MCG) Final TBA – March 21 to 25 (Home state)
Toyota Futures Leaguefixtures Victoria v Queensland – September 30 to October 3 (Allan Border Field) Victoria v NSW – October 21 to October 24 (Junction Oval) Victoria v ACT – February 10 to 13 (Manuka Oval) Victoria v South Australia – March 11 to 14 (Toorak Park)
Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit fixtures VicSpirit v South Australia – October 18 to 20 (Adelaide) VicSpirit v ACT – October 25 to 27 (Ringwood) VicSpirit v NSW – November 8 to 10 (Sydney) VicSpirit v Western Australia – November 22 to 24 (Perth) VicSpirit v Tasmania – December 6 to 8 (Junction Oval) VicSpirit v Queensland – January 2 to 4 (Junction Oval) WT20 Finals – February 5 to 7 (TBA) WNCL Final – February 16 (TBA)