This is ridiculous.
Christmas is nearly here, the heat is regularly up in the 30s, and yet we still haven’t played a home test match.
Bagging Cricket Australia is fast becoming a more popular sport than the game itself, and as long as they’re making catastrophic decisions like this it’s not hard to see why.
We should be a couple of tests deep into the summer by now, but instead all we’ve had are a few throwaway one-dayers and T20s that half of us couldn’t even watch because they were only on Foxtel.
So all that was really accomplished there was leaving the Aussie public with a major case of cricketing blue balls.
But that’s only half the problem.
We’re going into a series against India, the world’s top-ranked test side, while our own side as at an all-time low. They’ve never beaten us in a series over here and would have to be pretty confident they’re about to break their duck.
Earlier this year, Cricket Australia said The Gabba had been ‘demoted as a test venue’ in a feeble attempt to justify the decision.
What he really meant was ‘we can make more money if we play India at the new stadium in Perth.’
Now, Optus Stadium’s a nice venue and all, but there’s one thing The Gabba has that it probably never will, and that’s a 30-year undefeated streak.
Basically, Cricket Australia have thrown away our biggest advantage against the world’s best team in the name of chasing a few bucks, and will instead be wasting it on Australia Day against Sri Lanka, who have never even won a single test in this country.
They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well congratulations guys – you’ve managed to fix just about the only thing that wasn’t.