In a move that has drawn the fury of BCCI, Cricket Australia has allocated only 20 days for the five-test series against India in December. These 20 days include the days of rest in between successive matches. In a statement issued yesterday, Cricket Australia has justified the decision citing the recent performance of India in England this summer.
“We have seen their batsmen getting all out within a day in each of their innings against England’s bowling attack. If that is the case, there is no point in allocating 5 full days for their matches against Australia in Australia, while facing the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris. It is an administrative headache to process the ticket reimbursements for the last two days, five times in the series. As a cricket fan with tickets for the fourth and fifth day of a match, I would hate to know that the match is already over by Day 3 and all I can do is to wait in the long queue to get my money back,” a CA spokesperson explained.
Some of the Australian batsmen have already expressed their dismay of not getting enough batting during the series. “It is crucial to win the toss and elect to bat first. Otherwise, we just have to score 200 runs more than what they score and let our bowlers bundle them out on the second or third day. It is hard to stay mostly on the field, even though your team wins,” an Australian team member said on conditions of anonymity.
BCCI was quick to respond, stressing on the possibility of each team playing four innings, so that tickets for all the five days of the match can be sold out. “Or they can consider allowing two follow-ons, so our batsmen have the opportunity to stretch the match for another day or two,” the BCCI manager told reporters in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the Australian coach has insisted that the main players prepare for the upcoming World Cup, while the Australia A or B team can have a go in the test series.