The Sydney Morning Herald – Steve Smith and his Test teammates are set to feature in three Sheffield Shield games prior to the Ashes, including a season-opening round under lights.

Summary

  • Steve Smith and his Test teammates are set to feature in three Sheffield Shield games prior to the Ashes, including a season-opening round under lights.
  • The Shield season will start on October 26 with day-night games in Brisbane and Perth.
  • Test stars will also take part in Shield rounds starting on November 4 and November 13 before assembling in Brisbane for the first Ashes Test from November 23.
  • Dukes balls will again be used during the second half of the Shield season, while concussion substitutes are set to be adopted for the first time in the first-class competition.
  • The one-day final will be held on October 21 at Bellerive, while the Shield decider will start on March 23.


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