England’s fixture list has them playing just 3 teams in two away tours, two home tours and a tournament this year (providing they don’t get past the group stage of the Champions Trophy). Will the public get bored with watching the same two squads of players fight it out from February-June (New Zealand Away, Home and Champions Trophy) the July-January (Australia Champions Trophy, Home and Away)?
I think this double header could really ruin the buzz of an Ashes series. After England lost so badly in 2007, first there was the onslaught from the media, but then thoughts turned to 2009 and England went into every test series preparing for the next Ashes. What will they do this time? If a very unlikely whitewash occurs in the home series, then the team on the wrong-end of the whitewash will not have time to recover and put up a serious fight in the next series. The exact same goes for the New Zealand series’, where there is a higher chance of a whitewash occurring. Not to mention the strain it will put on selection. The possibility of that batsmen being in the bowlers pocket for a whole tour, before having to face him again just weeks later. That could kill some of these promising young cricketers confidence!
England will go into the game against Sri Lanka on June 13th after 14 games against New Zealand and one against Australia. I’d bet on England losing that game just from pure shock of the accent of the players not being of Aussie nature!
What happened at the ICC fixture desk that this, for lack of a better word, cock-up was able to occur? Whatever happened, please don’t let it happen again, I think it may harm my enjoyment of the cricketing year.
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