Fresh one-day format headlines domestic shake-up
Cricket Australia has revamped the domestic one-day format, scrapping the knockout finals system in a competition to be played in three separate blocks.
The limited overs series will start on September 22, be put on hold for the Sheffield Shield which starts on October 10, then resume in two more blocks in late October and mid-November.
The shift follows past years when the limited overs competition has been played in a single block at the start of the summer with most matches in Sydney. This season, the competition will feature games at venues including the MCG, SCG and WACA Ground.
"The key priorities were to play matches in more than one block, have them played on bigger grounds, ideally at our major venues, and play some more matches overall," Cricket Australia's head of cricket operations Peter Roach said in a statement.
"We believe we have been able to meet these priorities.
"From a timing point of view, we need to ensure that we play matches at times of the season to best present and prepare our players for international cricket."
The domestic one-day final will be on November 26 with the program allowing more international players to feature.
The format has also been changed with the scrapping of last season's knockout stage featuring all six states.
This year, the top two teams will meet in the final, hosted by the top-ranked team, after each state plays seven group games.
In the Sheffield Shield, each state will again play six games from the October 10 opener. The final will start on March 27.
"We have tried to schedule Sheffield Shield games most effectively around the Test matches," Roach said.
Australia will play five home Tests this summer, against Pakistan (from November 21 and November 29) and New Zealand (from December 12, December 26 and January 3).