CA giving finishing touches to fixtures list

Published: Friday, May 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Cricket Australia (CA) is in the process of finalising the 2005-06 fixture list, which in all likelihood will include a Twenty20 domestic series in January.

Though there is every possibility of the Test summer being extended by one match to six, the event that will be catch the administrators eye is the inaugural interstate tournament of the abbreviated format.

During the next season, the West Indies, who played in the VB Series last season, and South Africa will face Australia in three Tests before Sri Lanka visit for a One-day series.

However, the highlight of the summer will be the three World XI One-day matches and the Test against Australia in October's Super Series. Australia will also contest the three-match Chappell-Hadlee Series in New Zealand in December.

It may be recalled that a handful of experiments were wildly popular last year, including an Australia 'A' fixture against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval.

Peter Young, CA's general manager of public affairs said a Twenty20 competition would be trialled. "We're still putting a toe in the water to test the public reaction".

"But our view is that the public owns the game of Australian cricket and it's our obligation to give them what they want," Young told ABC Online while adding that long-term decisions would be based on the feedback.

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