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Remainder of domestic season confirmed

Sheffield Shield and One Day cricket will return to the WACA in 2021, with Cricket Australia announcing the remaining fixtures for the back half of the 2020-21 summer on Wednesday.

The Marsh One Day Cup will commence in February, Western Australia playing three matches at home against South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, with ganes away against Tasmania (played at neutral venue Junction Oval in Melbourne), New South Wales (North Sydney Oval), and two matches against Queensland at Allan Border Field, where the side lifted last season's trophy with victory over the Bulls.

The final will take place on April 30th, the latest finish to a domestic summer in history, with the Sheffield Shield final to take place two weeks earlier on April 15th.

Adam Voges' men start on the road with trips to the SCG to play New South Wales and Blundstone Arena to face Tasmania, finishing with three home games against Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.

With Australia scheduled to run concurrent tours of New Zealand (for limited-overs matches) and South Africa (for Tests), the final months of the season are set to sorely test the depth of state squads.

It also looks set to clash with the expected start of the 2021 Indian Premier League.

Many Australian players already missed the first four rounds of the Sheffield Shield back in October-November as they took part in the delayed 2020 edition of the lucrative T20 league.

CA's head of operations Peter Roach said the fixture had been the "most complex scheduling puzzle ever attempted by cricket".

"To have achieved close to a full slate of matches in a pandemic-afflicted summer is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone in Australian Cricket and demonstrates a collective commitment to supporting and promoting domestic cricket,” said Roach.



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