South Australia to maintain push for New Year's Test

May 11, 2023 09:59 AM AEST | By AAPNEWS
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South Australia will maintain its push to one day claim Sydney's New Year's Test, despite being denied a shot at the marquee fixture for the next three summers.

Adelaide is poised to walk away from this year's international fixture as the biggest loser of the five major capital cities, set to host a day Test against West Indies in January.

The fixture will mark only the second time Adelaide has not been given a day-night Test since 2015, while also missing out on the preferred opponent of Pakistan.

Perth will host the opening Test of the summer against Pakistan, who will also play in Melbourne and Sydney over Christmas and New Year before the West Indies' arrival.

Brisbane will join Adelaide in hosting West Indies, but their fixture will at least be a day-night fixture aimed at enticing crowds against a weaker opponent.

There is a feeling within South Australia that their Test has been taken for granted, given its ability to draw crowds regardless of opponent after big numbers attended against West Indies last year.

There remains a desire from South Australian Cricket Association to earn marquee matches, after earlier this year pushing to claim the New Year's Test off Sydney.

Under a new initiative to soon be laid out by Cricket Australia, a clearer window of fixtures will be delivered to states seasons in advance.

South Australia have already confirmed they will host India and England in the Decembers of 2024 and 2025.

While exact dates will not be announced, it will allow states to begin promotions for tourists years in advance with knowledge of the visiting team and what period it will be played in.

Part of that imitative will also include a transparent process for why Tests are awarded to each city, showcasing what each state can offer financially and through other means.

With that in mind, South Australia will remain steadfast in their push to claim the New Year's Test off Sydney from 2027-28.

"We are pleased that CA has listened to SACA's concerns about the process for the allocation of Test Match cricket in Australia," SACA president Will Rayner said.

"CA has committed to a process that recognises the value, support and contribution created by SACA members and the broader South Australian cricketing public, and ensures it will not be taken for granted in future scheduling decisions."

If South Australia cannot prize New Year's away from Sydney, then the SACA will push for a day-night Test in the December each season as part of CA's long-term schedule allocation.

"SACA put forward several long-term scheduling options that would have created significant new revenues for the good of the game at all levels," SACA CEO Charlie Hodgson said.

"We look forward to developing these further with CA over the coming months to ensure our members continue to see the greatest cricketers in the world play at the world's finest cricket ground."


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