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Alison Mitchel's commentary is excruciating.
return to the same old test grounds. with only 6 tests probably a bit unbalanced to have 3 of them in London. not sure of the point of 3 ODIs against the Aussies if the plan is to prepare for the World T20. why not have more T20s against Pakistan (or Ireland) instead of ODIs.
Another ridiculously packed summer schedule but at least Sky and the ECB will be pleased
Sky corporate pundits on the Second Test : "We nearly had a fantastic match. It was a great match" (Sir Ian) "It's been brilliant. Fantastic". (Nasser H.) More hyperbole - using an agreed set of adjectives, perhaps - to come, when the 2020 Sky....er,ECB...schedule is hyped. (For what it's now worth, as the caravan has moved on to Leeds, the Second Test was watchable, not "great" or "fantastic".)
@199And then there is the parking, the train service, the public toilets, the congestion for the rest of the city........
#200 Neilinabbey M5 not abig enough road. The county ground hosted a World Cup game. Also greater chance of having a good crowd on day 5. Plus great atmosphere at Taunton. Good for the game of cricket.
@200Neilinabbey The M5 not big enough. The county ground also hosted a World Cup game Plus great atmosphere. Would be great for the game of cricket
@199 BWFMS Nice idea but not practical - Chelmsford and Taunton are not geared up for Test Matches (not just the grounds but the infrastructure needed).
Why not add a element of competition to who gets awarded the games.County Champions = 1Test MatchOne Day Cup Winners = 1 ODIT20 Blast Winners = 1 T20 internationalWould certainly add an edge to these competitions making them alot more meaningful
Heavy schedule. ECB are no doubt scouring the Commonwealth to boost their supply of quality players.
@184Not everyone is bothered about football ;-)
There's an old saying 'Less is more' . This schedule is badly thought out for so many reasons. I think enough is enough this is not for the good of the game the players or the spectators.
@194 dkzorzi That's not what I said. From a legal point of view - which is what the BBC has to take - Atherton's tampering was not proven and Vaughan was never charged. This is nothing to do with my opinion or naivety, it is the legal position which means accusations are defamatory. and so will be removed by the BBC. Whether we agree with it or not is irrelevant, it's the law.
192 ridiculous, Atherton was obviously ball tampering. Vaughan was Trescothick's captain, as Smith was Warner's. Are you so naive as to believe Vaughan knew nothing about it?
Next Summer's scheduling makes no sense. Have Pakistan play earlier in the Summer at Headingly and Edgbaston where they have tremendous support and have West Indies play at Old Trafford and The Oval in September or late August. Assuming that both Pakistan and West Indies play at Lord's, but I think the former may prefer Trent Bridge? Aussies again?! No New Zealand /S Africa/ Zimbabwe/Afghanistan?!
@191 dkzorzi Atherton was fined for failing to disclose the dirt in his pocket, not for ball tampering. He argued that he was trying to maintain the ball, not damage it, and tampering was not proven. As for Vaughan, it was actually Marcus Trescothick who confessed in his autobiography to using mints to shine the ball. Consequently, accusing either Atherton or Vaughan of tampering is defamatory
#188 Atherton was not cleared, he was fined. Vaughan confessed in order to sell books after he retired.
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