James Sutherland

James Sutherland said that from 30 October until mid-December there will an intensive block of Sheffield Shield cricket © Getty Images

Sept 7, 2013

Cricket Australia (CA) has released a new summer schedule. According to the new schedule the domestic summer has been broken down into three separate formats of the game for the first time ever.

There will also be introduction of trial night cricket in the Sheffield Shield with an aim to introducing the same in the Test matches reports The Australian.

Currently Australia are placed fifth in the Test and the One-Day International formats. They are placed seventh in the Twenty20 format. Australia lost the Ashes 2013, 3-0 and lost to India 4-0 before that.

The matches have been divided into blocks of Sheffield Shield games, one-day games and the 20-over Big Bash League.

CA hopes that the new schedule allows players to concentrate on one format at a time thus allowing better preparation. 

According to CA the focus has been on sharpening the domestic schedule in order to provide best preparation for the return Ashes.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said, “From 30 October until mid-December there will an intensive block of Sheffield Shield cricket.”

According to him all the Test players will have at least two-three games to prepare before the first Ashes Test.