The ideal Ashes schedule for me would be Edgbaston, Lord's, Old Trafford, Headingley, Trent Bridge, The Oval. That which was used in 1997, in fact. Though I suppose there'd be room for maneouvre with the Third, Fourth and Fifth games.
Trouble is, a six-game Ashes is almost certainly a thing of the past, so even if we don't have non-regular grounds like The Riverside and Sophia Gardens involved (which I'd prefer avoid myself, I'm more than happy with what worked for 104 years, 1903-2006) there'll still be somewhere left-out. Ideally, of course, that'd result in a 2000-2006-style thing of each of the major grounds hosting one Test per summer, and Lord's two. But if The Riverside, Sophia Gardens and, who knows, maybe others, are to become regular features, this too will cease to be possible and rotation will become a must.
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5-0 Tests, 7-0 ODIs, both to England, obv. Are we getting a subforum again next year?
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Yeah, must be pretty nearly time for the subforum, no?
Not liking the 1st Test starting on a Wednesday- it should be at a traditional venue too.
Good to see Scotland get an ODI. However, 9 Limited Over games is far too many.
7 ODIs was too much before T20 was ever introduced and now its a mess.
3 and 3 or 1 and 5 IMO.
Tour appears to start and finish late. Very strange.
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I also can't remember who is facing England previously in the summer, and whether the dates for that have been finalised too.
Supposed to be Zimbabwe, so probably noone
Most of June is taken up with the Twenty/20 World Cup which really only leaves a couple of weeks in May empty.
True, that - forgot about the Twenty20 W Cup. Wonder why that was. First time I'll ever be taking more notice of domestic cricket than international for those couple of weeks.
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