The biggest ever summer of cricket will feature the return of full domestic schedules, with the NSW Blues and Breakers set to get their campaigns under way in September and October respectively.
The Blues begin their Marsh Cup title defence in Perth with games against Western Australia and Queensland at the WACA on September 12 and 14 respectively.
NSW then kick off their Marsh Sheffield Shield campaign against Victoria at CitiPower Centre (Junction Oval) beginning on September 29.
The Breakers, under new Head Coach Gavan Twining, will start their Women’s National Cricket League season with a pair of games against Tasmania at Hurstville Oval on October 1 and 3.
The Sheffield Shield and One-Day Cup will revert to full 31 and 22-game schedules respectively in 2021-22, while the WNCL will once again comprise a 29-game campaign. In addition, the dates and venues for a number of men’s and women’s tour matches have also been confirmed.
The announcement rounds out an unprecedented Australian summer of cricket, with 29 international fixtures including eight Test matches and 120 matches across both Big Bash Leagues also due to take place.
Men’s domestic cricket
The men’s domestic season begins on September 11 with six Marsh One-Day Cup matches in six days, before the opening round of the Marsh Sheffield Shield begins on September 28.
Each state will play five Marsh Sheffield Shield matches before the only Vodafone Test between Australia and Afghanistan at Blundstone Arena begins on November 27. A sixth Shield round will run concurrently with that Test match, before domestic cricket breaks for the KFC Big Bash League. A total of 15 Marsh One-Day Cup matches – five for each state – will also be played before the commencement of KFC BBL|11.
The men’s domestic season resumes on February 6 with the remaining four rounds of Marsh Sheffield Shield completed by March 19, with the five-day Final to commence on March 26. Marsh One-Day Cup home and away matches will be completed in February, with the Final scheduled for February 27.
In all, 13 Marsh One-Day Cup matches will be broadcast on Foxtel including the Final, while the Marsh Sheffield Shield Final will also be shown on Foxtel. Men’s domestic matches will also be streamed on Kayo and cricket.com.au.
The Blues will play ‘home’ Sheffield Shield (October 26-29) and Marsh One-Day Cup (October 31) games against Victoria at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
Women’s domestic cricket
The 2020-21 Women’s National Cricket League season commences on September 23, with the campaign to be played in four blocks of seven matches.
The September block takes place during the CommBank Series against India, with December and January’s blocks providing an ideal lead in to the CommBank Women’s Ashes against England.
The February WNCL block will round out the home and away season before the Final on March 6. Streaming details for the competition will be released in due course.
A number of tour matches have also been scheduled, highlighted by Australia A taking on English outfits in all three formats.
The men’s Australia A side will face England Lions in a four-day match at Ian Healy Oval, starting December 9 and running concurrently with the First Vodafone Ashes Test. A Cricket Australia XI will also face New Zealand on January 27, prior to the Dettol ODI series.
Australia’s women’s A side will face England in a three match Twenty20 series (January 26, 28, 30) and three-match 50-over series (February 5, 8, 10), running concurrently with the CommBank Ashes series. An Australian XI will take on India prior to their series on September 17.
Further tour matches may be added to the schedule. Details of the annual Prime Minister’s XI and Governor-General’s XI matches will be released in due course.
NSW BLUES FIXTURES
MARSH SHEFFIELD SHIELD
Sep 29 – Oct 2: Victoria v New South Wales, CitiPower Centre
Oct 14 – 17: South Australia v New South Wales, Adelaide Oval
Oct 26 – 29: New South Wales v Victoria, Manuka Oval
Nov 6 – 9: New South Wales v Western Australia, Bankstown Oval
Nov 17 – 20: New South Wales v Tasmania, Sydney Cricket Ground
Nov 28 – Dec 1: New South Wales v Queensland, Sydney Cricket Ground
Feb 7 – 10: Tasmania v New South Wales, Blundstone Arena
Feb 17 – 20: New South Wales v South Australia, Sydney Cricket Ground
Mar 5 – 8: Queensland v New South Wales, Gabba
Mar 16 – 19: Western Australia v New South Wales, WACA Ground
March 26 – 30, TBC v TBC, TBC (Foxtel)
MARSH ONE-DAY CUP
Sep 12: Western Australia v New South Wales, WACA Ground (Foxtel)
Sep 14: New South Wales v Queensland, WACA Ground (Foxtel)
Oct 4: Victoria v New South Wales, CitiPower Centre (Foxtel)
Oct 7: New South Wales v Queensland, Drummoyne Oval
Oct 31: New South Wales v Victoria, Manuka Oval
Feb 12: Tasmania v New South Wales, Blundstone Arena (Foxtel, D/N)
Feb 22: New South Wales v South Australia, North Sydney Oval (Foxtel, D/N)
Feb 27: TBC v TBC, TBC (Foxtel)
WOMEN’S NATIONAL CRICKET LEAGUE
Oct 1: New South Wales v Tasmania, Hurstville Oval
Oct 3: New South Wales v Tasmania, Hurstville Oval
Dec 19: New South Wales v Queensland, WACA Ground
Dec 21: Western Australia v NSW, WACA Ground
Jan 7: Victoria v New South Wales, CitiPower Centre
Jan 9: Victoria v New South Wales, CitiPower Centre
Feb 15: New South Wales v South Australia, North Sydney Oval (D/N)
Feb 18: Australian Capital Territory v New South Wales, Phillip Oval
Mar 6: TBC v TBC, TBC
NSW HOSTED INTERNATIONAL TOUR MATCHES
Sep 17: Australian XI v India, Hurstville Oval (50-over)
Feb 5: Australia A v England A, Drummoyne Oval (50-over, D/N)
*Matches and travel remain subject to any relevant government restrictions or requirements. Cricket Australia reserves the right to adjust the 2021-22 Marsh Sheffield Shield, Marsh One-Day Cup, Women's National Cricket League and tour match schedules.