In the run-up to the next Ashes series, where the position of World No. 1 will be decided, these are the series scheduled:
3 tests v Pakistan in Pakistan
3 tests v India in India
3 tests v Sri Lanka in England
4 tests v Pakistan in England
3 tests v W Indies in Australia
3 tests v S Africa in Australia
3 tests v S Africa in S Africa
2 tests v Bangladesh in Bangladesh
series v Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe (unconfirmed)
series v New Zealand in Australia (unconfirmed)
Who has the better schedule?.
a) England will come into the next Ashes having played better opposition and be better prepared, whereas Australia, whose year will revolve around Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, will be less ready for a fight;
and b) Australia will have played too much too often.
What you reckon?