England being favourites should increase the attractiveness of the early tests to the travelling support...
Just depends, most of the seasoned travellers will probably miss the home series so they can come down under, but I'm sure there will be plenty who may have normally travelled that will just watch the home series instead.
Whatever way you look at it, as much as I love cricket and the Ashes is my highlight......this back to back series bollocks is a crap idea of massive proportions. The boards look at it as a cash cow and think the fans have bottomless pockets.
Only the die hards like us will still be interested at the end of 10 tests, the casual watchers will be well sick of it by then.
Last edited by Adders; 12-05-2013 at 02:42 AM.
But if this was a real concern why not move the series back a year instead?? Would avoid over-saturation of this premier event.
I guess the people in charge felt that "seeing Australia take out revenge on England" or "see the triumphant Ashes winners now at home" was an easier sell compared to another series against a Pakistan or West Indies or whoever else.
I'm genuinely excited about seeing some of the batsman vs bowler duels that will emerge across the 10 Tests.
Didn't Richie Benaud crack the ****s about the back-to-back Ashes? Or am I imagining that?
The back to back Ashes is nothing more than a cash grab while the Ashes/Test Cricket still has value. ECB need the money for their struggling County Cricket and to keep the sport relevant, Cricket Australia never turn down money. As if having two Ashes series within 6 months isnít bad enough but to then have the next series as soon as 2015 is beyond a joke.
As for this thread, I for one won't be going to any matches this summer no matter what happens in England, and I'll be telling others to do the same. Cricket Australia are a disgrace and donít deserve my money anymore. They donít have the best interests of the national team at heart. Crowds will drop in the future as people are being put off the game by Cricket Australia.
I guess one might say that Cricket Australia is facing a backlash from the fans.
The ODI World Cup has followed the Australian Ashes series for the last 6 tournaments. I can't see what the issue is in the fact that the next WC happens to be in Aus.
Anyway, all the whinging in the world isn't going to change anything, it's happening so lets hope it works out and the series are competitive and well followed.
Still think that the casual watchers (of which there are plenty) will lose interest over 10 tests especially if the series are one sided.
The fact is not everyone is a cricket fanatic. People have a set amount of cricket they will attend in a summer. People are far far far less likely to attend the ODI World Cup matches if they have loaded up on the Ashes only a few months earlier.
It makes complete business sense to separate the Ashes from the ODI World Cup if they are going to take place in the same country mere months apart.
Your point that they should have pushed it back rather than brought it forward may be fair enough, but the argument against moving it at all completely ignores the marketing reality of the world.
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