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bishbash
Post subject: The end of May Tests?
PostPosted: 09:05 on 3rd Sep 2013

Joined: 12:03 on 4th Jul 2011
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Finally given in to the IPL, test series v SL next year starts in mid June. This is partly due to the T20 world cup meaning IPL starts later than usual, but nevertheless I think it is preferable to playing depleted teams from SL, Windies, NZ etc. also we are playing five tests v India which Will of course earn a lot of money. When did we last play a five test series against anyone except Aus? 2003/4 v saffers, 2000 v windies at home iirc.
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Richard
Post subject: Re: The end of May Tests?
PostPosted: 20:58 on 3rd Sep 2013

Joined: 22:35 on 18th Nov 2008
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bishbash Wrote:
Finally given in to the IPL, test series v SL next year starts in mid June. This is partly due to the T20 world cup meaning IPL starts later than usual, but nevertheless I think it is preferable to playing depleted teams from SL, Windies, NZ etc. also we are playing five tests v India which Will of course earn a lot of money. When did we last play a five test series against anyone except Aus? 2003/4 v saffers, 2000 v windies at home iirc.


To be honest May isn't a great month for test cricket, although it does mean that our seamers can turn over the opposition on green tops. Anyone else remember how cold it was at Headingley in 2007?

Scarily, our tour of South Africa in 2004-5 was the last time there's been a five test series outside the Ashes. The last time there was a five test series that didn't involve England was West Indies v South Africa in 2001.
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MrPhelps
Post subject: Re: The end of May Tests?
PostPosted: 07:07 on 4th Sep 2013

Joined: 16:13 on 17th Jan 2011
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Probably yes.

I'd rather see a SL side with the likes of Sangakkara and Jayawardena in it than without. If the new schedule allows this to happen then that has got to be better for test cricket in the longer term.

Definitely pleased to see a five test series against India although it is pretty packed in with all 5 back to back.

I still think that they could have cut back the ODIs - 10 of them seems far to many in my opinion. It makes for a pretty packed schedule for the players - particularly if we now assume that the England players will be free to pocket the riches available in the IPL.
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