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    England's 2008 schedule announced

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cric...nd/6718369.stm
    Pretty much like this year's except (thank god) no seven match ODI series and one of the SA Tests starts on a Wednesday (surprised. If it only lasts four days the ECB will lose the income from Sunday which is usually quite lucrative.) But what do others make of it? I think NZ and SA should get three Tests each - there isn't a reason why SA deserve one more (except it makes the ECB money) but six would be enough and isn't that what Schofield recomended?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poker Boy View Post
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cric...nd/6718369.stm
    Pretty much like this year's except (thank god) no seven match ODI series and one of the SA Tests starts on a Wednesday (surprised. If it only lasts four days the ECB will lose the income from Sunday which is usually quite lucrative.) But what do others make of it? I think NZ and SA should get three Tests each - there isn't a reason why SA deserve one more (except it makes the ECB money) but six would be enough and isn't that what Schofield recomended?
    yh true...dont get why SA get an extra one...but its not bad for the fans...as long as there arent 7 ODIs..its all gd!

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    Definetly getting tickets to one of the SA and one of the NZ tests.
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    Still no decent Test cricket in Durham, an ODI and Twenty20 is weak compensation considering how badly they've been screwed over by the ECB previous to this. I suppose it's convenient of them to announce the schedule before Durham's Test turns into a dead rubber against virtual minnows.
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    The SA series should be a ripper, hopefully Pollock will still be around by then. Will be good to see NZ playing Tests as well.
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    Wahey, ODI v NZ at Edgbaston on 18th June & a Test v SA on 30th July!! I'm there

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    kp v the south africans in a test series is gonna be intense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poker Boy View Post
    there isn't a reason why SA deserve one more (except it makes the ECB money)
    Disagree vehemently. There aren't enough Test series that last longer than three games in this world (apart from the Ashes and the routs in the West Indies, there are no one - unless you count the Oz v SA double-header as a six-match series). Plus, England v South Africa series usually show excellent Test cricket (both the last series easily make my top ten of series in the last five years). To cut it from five to three Tests would be a travesty.

    Add to that that South Africa's Test side is superior to New Zealand's in every department except spin bowling.

    Durham get a couple of cash cows too, presumably as a bone for not getting an Ashes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    Disagree vehemently. There aren't enough Test series that last longer than three games in this world (apart from the Ashes and the routs in the West Indies, there are no one - unless you count the Oz v SA double-header as a six-match series). Plus, England v South Africa series usually show excellent Test cricket (both the last series easily make my top ten of series in the last five years). To cut it from five to three Tests would be a travesty.

    Add to that that South Africa's Test side is superior to New Zealand's in every department except spin bowling.

    Durham get a couple of cash cows too, presumably as a bone for not getting an Ashes.
    And for getting overlooked for Tests in 2008 as well, as expected by the southern ponces at the ECB.

    Oh and:


    New Zealand in England in 2008
    15-19 May 1st Test, Lord's
    23-27 May 2nd Test, Old Trafford
    5-9 June 3rd Test, Trent Bridge
    13 June Twenty20 International, Old Trafford
    15 June 1st ODI, Riverside
    18 June 2nd ODI, Edgbaston
    21 June 3rd ODI, Bristol
    25 June 4th ODI, The Oval
    28 June 5th ODI, Lord's

    South Africa in England in 2008
    10-14 July 1st Test, Lord's
    18-22 July 2nd Test, Headingley
    30 July-3 August 3rd Test, Edgbaston
    7-11 August 4th Test, The Oval
    20 August Twenty20 International, Riverside
    22 August 1st ODI, Headingley (d/n)
    26 August 2nd ODI, Trent Bridge (d/n)

    29 August 3rd ODI, The Oval
    31 August 4th ODI, Lord's
    3 September 5th ODI, Cardiff (d/n)


    Dew filled day-night ODIs at the end of August while the June matches stay as day games. Marvellous. I also wish to god they'd have the ODI garbage first and then the Tests so they can double as warm-up matches for the woefully undercooked touring sides. It makes far more sense in so many ways to do it this way around - look at the Ashes in 2004 for example. The Twenty20 and ODIs came first and both teams went for it in the games because they wanted psychological points etc. (the meaningless 3 match series which followed immediately after the tri-series was a pain tho) then you got to the Tests with the hype built and players in some form. You got more intense ODIs and a better quality Test series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleTheOne View Post
    kp v the south africans in a test series is gonna be intense.
    Yep its gonna be worth the money alone Not to mention the rest of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    And for getting overlooked for Tests in 2008 as well, as expected by the southern ponces at the ECB.
    You can't expect a Test every summer when there's far more established International grounds that miss out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    Dew filled day-night ODIs at the end of August while the June matches stay as day games. Marvellous.
    Because day\night games in June where the lights just start to take effect and the game's over are so brilliant...
    I also wish to god they'd have the ODI garbage first and then the Tests so they can double as warm-up matches for the woefully undercooked touring sides.
    ODIs can never be warm-up games for Tests or anything remotely like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poker Boy View Post
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cric...nd/6718369.stm
    Pretty much like this year's except (thank god) no seven match ODI series and one of the SA Tests starts on a Wednesday (surprised. If it only lasts four days the ECB will lose the income from Sunday which is usually quite lucrative.) But what do others make of it? I think NZ and SA should get three Tests each - there isn't a reason why SA deserve one more (except it makes the ECB money) but six would be enough and isn't that what Schofield recomended?
    The TV contract gurantees 7 Tests a summer until 2009. That's inflexible. Also, SA deserve 4 Tests at the very least, and it's pretty poor that they don't get a 5-game one. Of course, that'd mean giving NZ a 2-game one, which would also be poor. But as Hakon pointed-out, Eng-SA series are almost always fascinating viewing.

    All-in-all, it'd have been far better to have WI and NZ swapped around. Why on Earth we want three 4-Test series within 3-and-a-half years against the worst serious Test side is beyond me. Would have been far better to have NZ and India in 2007, on a 3\4, then WI and SA in 2008, on a 2\5.

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