As I sit listening to the T20 freak-show (it marginally beats whatever soap based rubbish the wife is watching) I’ve been contemplating the debate that’s been stirred after England rested five key players for the ODI series.
Captain Cook, Bell, Graeme Swann, Jimmy Anderson and T20 captain Stuart Broad are all putting their feet up and letting a new-look England take on the Aussies for the five match series.
Former Captain Michael Vaughan has had his say and Stuart Broad has fired back. The media have of course jumped on to a healthy debate and stirred it into a bit of a row.
For me there’s pluses and minuses on both sides. I’ve previously argued for giving plenty of people outside the starting XI a chance to shine when it doesn’t matter. A five match series is perfect for that. It also allows important players the chance to rest up in what is an increasingly demanding international fixture list.
But really! Five players? That does seem a little extreme. Cook was off form in the test matches. Only time in the middle is going to improve that. I also don’t see the harm in the others playing a couple of matches or so – one on one off as it were. You can then bring the new players in to a strong team with well established players.
All in all I think a poor decision overall. And as Vaughan argues it’s a bit disappointing to the punters who have splashed out on expensive tickets.
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