Australia lose a weapon as they drop the WACA

Ricky Ponting pulls in front of square in Perth, with seven Englishmen behind the bat. India won't have to worry about this in 2014/2015..

Ricky Ponting pulls in front of square in Perth, with seven Englishmen behind the bat. India won’t have to worry about this in 2014/2015..

Cricket Australia has – to quote the body itself – “devastated” the Western Australia Cricket Association and its key broadcast partner of the last three decades over its announcement that the WACA will not host a Test for the 2014-2015 summer.

The Perth Test is one of the WACA’s major sources of annual revenue, though it has been granted additional one-day internationals in 2014-2015 as compensation.

With the 2014-2015 international schedule to be shortened due to Australia and New Zealand playing host to the Cricket World Cup, to be played in February and March 2015, Australia will play only four Tests against India, instead of the regular five or six that cricket fans have known and loved for decades.

Read the rest of my debut article for The Guardian today, including my hypothesis on why Perth misses out in 2014/15.

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