Australia Confirm 2014-15 Test Venues
Cricket Australia has confirmed that Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne wil host the four Tests against India in the 2014-15 season.
Due to the 2015 World Cup, which Australia will co-host with New Zealand in 2015, only four Tests will be played, meaning Hobart and Perth have missed out on Test matches.
"Unfortunately due to the unique nature of the schedule next season, with a World Cup year, there was going to be a couple of States disappointed about our Test match allocation," CA Chief Executive James Sutherland said.
"This was certainly one of the more difficult programming issues that Cricket Australia has faced and all the pros and cons of each option were weighed up very carefully before making our decision.
"It is still a big summer and there is plenty of cricket to go around but in regard to only having four Tests, this is a one-off situation that we don’t see happening in the foreseeable future.
"All have strong claims for hosting a Test and many factors were taken into consideration, including the allocation of 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup matches, but on this occasion the Adelaide Oval and the Gabba were considered to have the strongest claims.
"The Adelaide Oval is scheduled to complete a $535 million dollar re-development this season that will see the venue deliver world-class facilities for fans, players, broadcasters and media. The Oval has also built up a strong history of attendance over many seasons and the new facilities will only add to that fan experience.
"The Gabba is a large high quality venue in Australia’s third largest city and serves a large population of Australian cricket fans, including the large urban areas of the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, plus many who travel long distances to make the annual trip to Brisbane for the Test match.
"Another factor in the Gabba’s favour was the limitations on their ability to effectively host other international cricket matches in the 2014-15 summer due to the G20 summit and the 2015 Asian Cup being scheduled respectively in November 2014 and January 2015.
"Although the WACA has missed out on a Test match, they will play host to up to four limited over matches in the 2014-15 season that will see South Africa tour in a limited over series in November as well as India and England competing in a tri-series in January prior to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
"Though a traditional Test match venue with a proud history, the WACA ground has the smallest capacity of the five mainland Test venues and has historically attracted lower attendances. The WACA has been working hard to improve the facilities for its fans but it still requires significant improvements."
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