ODIs cut back for Ashes summer
Australia will play the fewest home ODIs in 34 years during the 2013-14 Ashes summer, as Twenty20 takes a more prominent place in the schedule ahead of the tiring 50-over format.
The schedule unveiled by Cricket Australia on Thursday offered the slimmest program of one-day matches since Mike Brearley’s England tourists played four ODIs alongside six Tests in 1978-79, the second summer of Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket rebellion and the last before commercial television began to dictate a surfeit of limited overs fixtures.
Five Ashes Tests will be followed by five ODIs and three…
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