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Road to the Ashes 2021/22

Victor Ian

International Captain
Are modern players weak? In Bradman's day the tour went forever, not crammed into a couple of months with first class games against a host of other teams, combined with a boat trip that took forever? Not a dig at England. (Well, maybe a little bit).
 

Lillian Thomson

International Coach
It's definitely a different age. One of my favourite tours was the 1976 West Indies tour of England. They played First Class matches against all 17 Counties, The MCC and a Derek Robins XI as well as the five Tests, plus matches against a Combined Varsity XI and The Minor Counties. Then finished with 3 ODI's. If they came for a five Test tour these days they'd drop in in August have an inter-squad warm up, play the International fixtures and be gone six weeks later.
 

AndrewB

International Regular
Are modern players weak? In Bradman's day the tour went forever, not crammed into a couple of months with first class games against a host of other teams, combined with a boat trip that took forever? Not a dig at England. (Well, maybe a little bit).
They weren't touring every year, though - afaik Bradman only went on 4 tours in nearly 20 years.
 

Uppercut

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What happened with Trott and Trescothick has changed the culture for England specifically. But mostly it’s just that gender roles are different now and men are less likely to view spending time with their kids as of secondary importance to the serious business of playing cricket.
 

Burgey

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Archer ruled out til 2022 with a recurrence of the stress fracture in his elbow. Bad news for the series, let alone england
 

morgieb

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Yeah if Stokes and Archer are out....very difficult to see Australia even in their current nick being tested. Barring unusual quality of wickets in Australia taking 20 wickets without Archer in particular is going to be tricky.
 

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