No India Tests for Perth, Hobart

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Cricket Australia have confirmed that, subject to the resolution of certain conditions, Adelaide and Brisbane will join Melbourne and Sydney as the four venues for next year's Test series against India.

Cricket Australia have confirmed that, subject to the resolution of certain conditions, Adelaide and Brisbane will join Melbourne and Sydney as the four venues for next year's Test series against India.

The Western Australian Cricket Ground in Perth and Bellerive Oval in Tasmania, meanwhile, have been excluded from the schedule for the four-match affair – which will bring the country its only Test matches of the 2014-15 home season.

"Unfortunately due to the unique nature of the schedule next season, with a World Cup year, there was going to be a couple of states disappointed about our Test match allocation," said CA chief executive James Sutherland.

"This was certainly one of the more difficult programming issues that Cricket Australia has faced and all the pros and cons of each option were weighed up very carefully before making our decision.

"It is still a big summer and there is plenty of cricket to go around but in regard to only having four Tests, this is a one-off situation that we don't see happening in the foreseeable future.

"All have strong claims for hosting a Test and many factors were taken into consideration, including the allocation of 2015 World Cup matches, but on this occasion the Adelaide Oval and the Gabba were considered to have the strongest claims."

The Perth bosses were not pleased though, as WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said: "Whilst CA will provide additional limited-overs matches to replace the Test match, there is no compensation for losing a Test.

"The ongoing effect this loss will have on the WACA and cricket in Western Australia will be devastating and we are extremely disappointed by the decision, not only for the association, but for our members and WA cricket supporters.

"We will continue talks with CA and will be seeking an understanding from them of all the elements behind the decision."

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