Obviously it was ******** scheduling, mind you, at one point it was Zimbabwe who were scheduled to play us.
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Oh yeah, it was mainly the Sri Lanka tour that I was calling ********. It's not ideal playing the weaker teams first up in an Ashes summer, but the schedule doesn't really allow for anything else. Next time New Zealand are over here they only get two tests though, because it's in an Ashes year, that's a real shame IMO.
The fact that we played Bangladesh in 05 could have been costly actually, as we saw Ian Bell have a similar summer to Bopara this time out (IIRC Bell went into the 05 Ashes with a Test average of 297) but thankfully there were other batsmen there to cover for him.
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I broke this story yesterday afternoon. Anyway, FWIW, I think England made the correct decision. I think it was better for him to play 5% fit at the Oval. Rather than 2% fit at Headingly, and miss the Oval.
Well, considering Flintoff's bowling was poop at Edgbaston Flintoff could only have been considered as batsman. But Flintoff in a team and not bowling would probably be more psychologically damaging than no Flintoff.
Just my theory of course.
It looks like it's time for Samit Patel to get off the pies.
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I did think that, but with Pakistan you never really know what they are until the time has come and passed. And by-and-large, on that tour, they were a shambles.
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