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Perth Test Match gone as Nine releases Summer of Cricket Fixture

SportKevin Perry
 Mitchell Johnson celebrates at the Perth Test image copyright - SMH and Getty Images

Mitchell Johnson celebrates at the Perth Test
image copyright - SMH and Getty Images

The Nine Network, in conjunction with Cricket Australia has confirmed the 2014-15 International Cricket Summer Broadcast Schedule – which will see the world’s top four cricket teams battle it out in the Commonwealth Bank Test Series, the Carlton Mid ODIs and the KFC T20 International Series.

Touring Australia this Summer will be India, South Africa and England. Controversially the summer will only feature 4 Test matches with the Perth fixture getting the chop. (Full Schedule Below) Its hard to imagine Nine being happy with the loss of the Perth Test, ratings for the event had always been strong particularly in Eastern States where it aired in the evening.  

11 One Day International matches have been scheduled despite previous viewer fatigue with the format.

Leading into the 2015 Cricket World Cup and a mid-year Ashes tour of England, this will be the biggest period of cricket Australia has ever seen on free-to-air television.

Following on from last summer’s hugely successful Ashes series, which broke numerous ratings records, the Channel Nine broadcast team is geared up for another epic season of cricket.

Nine Network Head of Sport, Steve Crawley, said: “Last summer Nine’s coverage of the international season had nearly double the audience of any other sports broadcast in the country. An average of over two million viewers watched every Test, every day.
“With the world’s top four teams competing this coming summer, Australian audiences will be treated to the best players competing in the highest form of the game. To be followed by a home World Cup, cricket doesn’t get any better than this.”