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    2013/14 cricket schedule

    Jul 26, 2013

    The 2013/14 cricket fixture marks the return of the highly anticipated Ashes series to the MCG.

    Australia will take on England in all three formats of the game, starting with the traditional Boxing Day Test on December 26, 2013.

    2013/14 MCG cricket schedule

    International cricket

    Boxing Day Test
    December 26-30, 2013: Australia v England

    One-day international
    January 12, 2014: Australia v England

    Twenty20 international
    January 31, 2014: Australia v England

    Big Bash League

    December 20, 2013 - 7.40pm
    Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades

    January 9, 2014 - 7.40pm
    Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers

    January 21, 2014 - 7.40pm
    Melbourne Stars v Hobart Hurricanes

    January 27, 2014- 7.40pm
    Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers

    Sheffield Shield

    Details still to come.

    MCC member arrangements

    Visitor tickets and reserved seats for the international cricket season will go on sale on Friday October 11, 2013 at 9.00am.

    Further MCC members arrangements for the 2013/14 cricket season can be found here.