Fox Sports Australia – Cricket Australia (CA) has released more dates for its upcoming ‘summer’ that now spans more than six months, reflecting an expanded Big Bash League (BBL).


  • The Shield final begins the following year on March 28, with the second half of the first-class season to start on February 23 because of a super-sized BBL.
  • If NSW reach the Shield final the duo, who have vowed to play grade cricket in Sydney and continue to be wooed by Twenty20 leagues around the world including South Africa, could technically be picked by state selectors.
  • Test stars will either be playing an ODI series against India, BBL or grade cricket in the lead-up to that first Test against Sri Lanka.
  • From the moment Australia’s first Test against India finishes, players outside the XI will be restricted to white-ball action as they seek to build a compelling case for a baggy green.
  • The upside for the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar, both yet to play a Test on home soil, is there will be five Shield rounds before that first Test.

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