Since it was revamped in 2014, the One-Day Cup has breathed new life into domestic limited-overs cricket in Australia. It also serves as a great early sighter for punters ahead of the Big Bash, the Sheffield Shield and the summer’s international series.
This is our complete betting guide for the 2019-20 Marsh One-Day Cup. Check out the teams and fixtures, find out which players are poised for a big tournament and get the top outright odds from Australia’s best online bookmakers.
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About the One-Day Cup
The One-Day Cup was revamped in 2014 in an attempt to revive Australia’s flagging domestic 50-over cricket tournament. The new format featured some significant changes from the old one-day competition, including the length of the season, the fixture structure, the selection of host venues and the number of teams involved.
Once a summer-long affair lasting from September until February, the comp is now played entirely in the spring. A new fixture model was introduced for the 2019-20 season, with games played over three separate blocks in September, October and November. The 2019-20 One-Day Cup also saw the top two finishers progress directly to the final, whereas previous editions included an elimination final between the second- and third-placed teams.
Just as the season has been reduced, so too have the squads. Whereas the state sides were once able to choose from their entire list of contracted players, now they are limited to 14 players each for the duration of the tournament. This rule led to the creation of a seventh team – the Cricket Australia XI, featuring some of the nation’s finest under-23 talent – but that scheme was discontinued in 2018.
The 2015 Matador Cup was played entirely in Sydney, traversing suburban venues such as Bankstown Oval, Blacktown Olympic Park, Drummoyne Oval, Hurstville Oval and North Sydney Oval. The scope of the tournament has expanded in recent years to include grounds in Brisbane, Townsville, Perth and Melbourne. From 2019-20 onwards, domestic one-day games will return to major venues such as the MCG and SCG.
Australian One-Day Cup teams
Each of the six Australian states that compete in the Sheffield Shield first-class cricket competition has a team in the One-Day Cup. They are:
Three states have dominated Australia’s domestic one-day tournament since it switched from a knockout event to a round-robin format in 1992. New South Wales have claimed eight titles, six of which were won between 1992 and 2006. Queensland and Western Australia have six titles apiece. Victoria have won four and Tasmania three, while South Australia’s only title came in 2011-12.
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