The cricket calendar is so jam-packed these days that there is little point talking of a “summer” of cricket as it is pretty much a non-stop year-long spectacle. Much is made of the impact this has on players. I would argue that it is starting to take its toll on the selectors who appear to have parted company with their senses in selecting the squad for first games of the one-day series against Sri Lanka.
As a format one day cricket is already in all sorts of strife, caught in a no man’s land between the strategic elegance of Test Cricket and the rock and roll of 20-20.
Its days have been numbered for a long time, and can probably be traced back to the many innings where blokes like Michael Bevan batted like accountants, working out that with ten overs to go at a rate of 3.9 runs per over they could get Australia over the line by taking three dozen singles and a four.
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