Cricket Australia released its Test schedule on Wednesday night, the WACA a notable absentee in what is a rare four-match series.
As disappointed as the WACA is, the reality is it was an easy decision to be made with only the four Tests next summer.
No case whatsoever could be made to not have a Test in Australia's three biggest cities - Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and the redeveloped Adelaide Oval will be a far more favourable venue to host international cricket now.
The Tests, against India, will be held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide with the dates to be determined.
"Whilst CA will provide additional limited-overs matches to replace the Test match, there is no compensation for losing a Test," WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said in a statement.
"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."
CA defended the decision, describing it as "unique" because it was a World Cup year for one day internationals.
"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," CA chief executive James Sutherland said.
"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."
Sutherland said that the WACA had the smallest capacity of the five major cricket grounds in Australia and typically the lowest attendances for Tests.